Sunday, March 14, 2010
While there were disagreements in the Church’s early history regarding whether unborn children have souls, the Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (”The Gospel of Life”) have maintained that the Bible forbids abortion.
The Didache (A.D. 70)
The Letter of Barnabas (A.D. 74).
The Apocalypse of Peter (A.D. 137).
Athenagoras (A.D. 177)
Tertullian (Apology 9:8 (A.D. 197), The Soul 25 (A.D. 210)
Minucius Felix (A.D. 226)
Hippolytus (A.D. 228)
Council of Ancyra (A.D. 314)
Basil the Great (A.D. 374)
John Chrysostom (A.D. 391)
Jerome (A.D. 396)
The Apostolic Constitutions (A.D. 400)
Monday, March 8, 2010
Lord, come quick and save us before the USCCB leads people astray with these antilife social experiments.
Here is the article from OneNewsNow by Charlie Butts describing what has frustrated me and why I am so concerned for our Bishops. I hope Charlie is not telling the truth and if this article is not the truth about the USCCB, then I recant everything; otherwise, what are we Catholics to do?
Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 2/8/2010 5:40:00 AMThe American Life League (ALL) is taking issue with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) social gathering.
The four-day meeting is under way in the nation's capitol, and Michael Hichborn, media director for ALL, tells OneNewsNow that some of the speakers and panelists have been associated with views that are contrary to church doctrine.
That includes Thomas Reese "who was forced to resign as editor of American Magazine by the Vatican after a five-year investigation where they consistently asked him to stop publishing stories which question church teaching on things like contraception, embryonic stem-cell research, same-sex 'marriage,' homosexual priests [and] mandatory clerical celibacy," Hichborn reports.
The media director is concerned that while the Bishops' Conference denies cavorting with such individuals, they still invite someone like Reese to speak. Another speaker is Dr. Diana Hayes, a professor at Georgetown University.
"She's also a noted speaker for Call to Action, which is a -- quote, unquote – 'dissident' group, but Hayes is a homosexuality activist who wrote a book espousing liberation theology," Hichborn explains. "She calls for women's ordination and she promotes same-sex 'marriage.'"
The pro-life spokesman suggests the Conference needs to face up to the facts and stop playing rhetorical games. In addition, he urges Catholics to contact the Conference and raise serious questions about recent disclosures.
Who can trust this group if they continue to promote individuals who promote antiChrist ideologies?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Just as true today as it was when his book first came out.
He was, and still is, a brilliant businessman!
Often we need to be reminded of Iococca's words.
Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.
Lee Iacocca Says:
'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers' money, much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'trust me the economy is getting better.'
Better? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the Democrats out along with Obama!'
You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore..
The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs.. While we're fiddling in Afghanistan , Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to know what to do. And the liberal press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the ' America ' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?
I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)
Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.
On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here's where we stand.
We're immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving... But our soldiers are dying daily.
We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it's getting worse every day!
We've lost the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.
Gas prices are going to skyrock again, and nobody in power has a lucid plan to open drilling to solve the problem. This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought by the flea-hugging environmentalists.
Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers union.
Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegal’s amnesty and free healthcare.
The middle class is being squeezed to death every day.
These are times that cry out for leadership.
But when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where have all the leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.
Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?
We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.
Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it better for them. Now, that's just crazy.. Deal with life.
Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did about it!
Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.
I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn't elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?
Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America . In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some of America 's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great Depression,' 'World War II,' the 'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years since 9/11.
Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about. It's our country, folks, and it's our future. Our future is at stake!!
LET'S GET THE MUSLIM ROOKIE OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE!!!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Irritated Obama 'Stares Down' Reporter During Press Corps Visit
When a reporter tried to quiz President Obama on Thursday about a lobbyist chosen for a top Defense Department job, the president quickly became agitated.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
WASHINGTON -- President Obama paid a surprise visit to members of the White House press corps Thursday evening when he walked through their working area of the West Wing, but he quickly became agitated when he was confronted with a question by one of the journalists.
According to reports, when the Politico's Jonathan Martin asked the president about his nominee for deputy secretary of defense, William Lynn, Obama refused to answer, saying he was not there to take questions.
"I came down here to visit. I didn't come down here -- this is what happens. I can't end up visiting you guys and shaking hands if I am going to grilled every time I come down here," the president said.
Pressed further by the Politico reporter about his Pentagon nominee, Obama turned more serious, putting his hand on the reporter's shoulder and staring him in the eye.
"All right, come on," he said, with obvious irritation in his voice. "We will be having a press conference, at which time you can feel free to [ask] questions. Right now, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to you guys -- that's all I was trying to do," Politico.com reported.
The situation came to a close when a cameraman in the room interrupted, declaring: "I'd like to say it one more time: 'Mr. President.'"
The nominee in question, William Lynn, is a former lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon, a pick Obama made in contradiction to his much-heralded anti-lobbying rules.
Obama was willing to field lighter questions, though.
Yes, he's discovered the gym in the White House residence. No, he hasn't played basketball yet on the outdoor White House court because it's been too cold.
The president's walk-through came without notice, causing a bit of a wild scene. Reporters started running toward him, wary of missing a single word. When one reporter who hadn't spotted Obama yet asked what everyone was rushing toward, another one responded: "The big guy."
Obama made it to the back of the briefing room, in a narrow hallway, where he shook hands.
"I've got to say, it's smaller than I thought," the president said as he looked around for the first time.
He introduced himself to those whom he didn't already know from the long campaign trail and said it would take a little while to learn everyone's names.
The president then continued on, walking by the media outlets' booths on the same floor.
Obama asked about the reasoning behind why certain media outlets had work space where they did. When he got an answer involving the intricacies of press corps protocol, Obama responded: "This is worse than the Middle East here -- who's sitting where and all that stuff."
As he walked through the area where journalists have lunch, Obama noticed a pair of vending machines that dispense soda and junk food.
"Looks like you have some healthy snacks, guys," Obama said.
Then he walked through the basement quarters, where several other news outlets set up shop. He said that was smaller than he expected too.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Link to this article.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I reckon congratulations are in order, my prayers are with you despite your actions against mankind!
President-elect Barack Obama
Washington DC, Nov 23, 2008 / 07:48 pm (CNA).- Citing what they call America’s “promise of equality,” the Obama administration plans to push for homosexual rights by including protections of sexual orientation, “gender identity” and “gender expression” as civil rights. His office proposes expanding hate crimes statues and the adoption rights of homosexuals while supporting full civil unions for “LGBT couples” to give them “legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples.”
The proposals are announced under the Civil Rights section of their agenda presented at Change.gov, the web site of the Obama campaign’s self-described “Office of the President-elect.”
A section titled “Support for the LGBT Community” outlines the agenda for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered activists and quotes remarks Obama made on June 1, 2007.
“While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do,” Obama said, referring to riots which followed a police raid on a New York City gay bar.
“Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect."
According to the web site, President-elect Obama and vice-president-elect Joe Biden will support expand crimes legislation such as the Matthew Shepard Act. They also back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which they claim will “prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.”
“While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees' domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy,” the web site states, referring to similar legislation sponsored by Obama in the Illinois state legislature.
Regarding civil unions and same-sex marriage, the site says “Barack Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples.”
Advocating the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the agenda plans to “enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions.”
The site also references Obama’s Senate vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which, in the site’s words, “would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.”
On the subject of adoption rights, the Change.gov web site states: “Barack Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. He thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether the parents are gay or not.”
The Obama agenda further advocates the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell” policy barring open homosexuals from serving in the military.
Its AIDS prevention policies also pledge to enact a “comprehensive” national strategy including contraceptive sex education and “combating infection within our prison population through education and contraception.”
To Richard of California: 1 Timothy 3:15: if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. Who is your authority? Is it yourself or do you trust in some wise person's teachings or do you trust in the Church and her teachings as Jesus instructed us to do? We all have an authority but only one authority is authentic. The one authentic authority is God Himself and He gave his Authority to Peter our first Pope. Mathew 16: 18"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven." So what does the Church and the Magisterium have to say about homosexuality? Love the sinner, but hate the sin. To love the sinner we must let the sinner know the he is sinning so they can repent. John the Baptist taught loudly, "Repent". You take some beautiful verses and make statements that lack the content discussed in this article. I nor any Christian could disagree with the verses you quoted from James&Mathew. These verses do not deal with the specific problem of sin. You are confusing love for hatred. It is love for the Church to shepherd her flock from sin. Jesus gave more warnings of of Hell and is not tolerant to sin. Rev 20:12
Published by: MelAkron, OH 01/12/2008 11:15 PM EST
Kathryn, you are right, it IS your business BUT, that said, it's a Christian's business if they speak out against homosexuality ot abortion. Yes, we should govern our own behavior, but part of that freedom of which you speak is the freedom to disagree, no matter which side you're own. It's just as "out there" to expect everyone to agree with YOUR standpoint. really.
Published by: MelodyAkron, OH 01/12/2008 11:11 PM EST
Homosexuality: I don't agree with it, but I know that God is their judge. The only issue I have with them right now is what the commenter Al said: We can't let the gay agenda dictate what can and cannot be said from a pulpit against teh lifestyle. The Bible IS NOT hate literature, it is truth! The gay community is in danger of doing to Christians who disagree with their standpoint what they say is being done to them. Discriminating against them. Nobody's first amendment right should be in jeopardy no matter how they feel. Abortion: I don't agree with abortion, but I feel outlawing Roe v. Wade would create a culture where once again, ppl will be having illegal and dangerous abortions. Only God can change hearts that aren't turned toward Him.
Published by: AlThe Villages, Fl 01/12/2008 05:41 PM EST
This agenda will lead to the same kind of nonsense that happens in Canada. All religous will be subject to government punishment if they cite Church Teachings on homosexuality and all of the people's first amendment rights will be denied in cases of subjects associated with homosexuals. Human rights have been coopted by the gay activist movement which obviously is not satisfied with domestic partnerships(equal rights) but want more - that will translate into christian persecution. The Christian view that homosexual behavior is sinful and not to be condoned will, if articulated, be against the law.
Published by: RonnieBrooklyn, NY, USA 28/11/2008 04:22 PM EST
Kathryn...Sure, everyone exercises their "choice" but ever hear of "your rights end where mine begins"? Can you imagine if during WWII people felt like you? Why bother saving the Jews because it's the Nazi's choice. Who are we to interfer? Or how about the abolitionists? Were they shoving their beliefs down another's throat? And what about Martin Luther King? How dare he force his beliefs on us? And now abortion. How dare we try to stop the killing of innocent children in the womb? No one has the right to kill. But we still do have the right to freedom of religion and speech. This is still a free country... Yes, what you do in your bedroom is your choice. But every action has a consequence. Bad choices lead to bad consequences and visa versa. So therefore you reap what you sow......
Published by: ElaineBonney Lake 28/11/2008 02:17 PM EST
Remember that Obama would not have been elected without the votes of so-called Catholics. In fact the culture of death has expanded and become more acceptable mainly due to the so-called Catholic lawmakers in all levels of government.
Published by: richardcalifornia 27/11/2008 04:56 AM EST
here are some specific verses from the BIBLE, some of which some of you seem to have dismissed or conveniently forgotten to allow your perpetuation of hate in the name of God. James 3:9-10 9-With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 10-*Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.* Matthew 5:43-48 43-"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44-But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45-that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46-If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47-And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48-Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 22:36-40 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 Jesus said to him," 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 "This is the first and great commandment. 39 *"And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."* (the Jesus i believe in taught love as the most important law, and compassion and acceptance as the path to perfection.)
Published by: richardcalifornia 27/11/2008 04:26 AM EST
also, can someone please show me, definitively, where it says in the bible that marriage is between one man and one woman? because from what i remember, jacob, gideon, solomon and many others all had many wives and were never chastised by God for that specific reason. this would then seem to indicate that marriage has NOT always been between ONE man and ONE woman.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Fargo, North Dakota, Nov 4, 2008 / 06:10 am (CNA).- At a Mass marking the completion of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Fargo, North Dakota, Bishop Samuel J. Aquila reminded his congregation that no Catholic can vote for someone who supports an intrinsic evil and that all Catholics “will be judged by how we vote.”
“Judgment is real, just as heaven and hell are real,” Bishop Aquila explained during his homily in Fargo yesterday. “When the soul separates from the body and comes before God, we will be judged on how we lived. It’s important to understand the reality of that judgment.”
According to a press release from the diocese, Bishop Aquila urged the congregation to reflect upon the four last things and how they apply to the 40 Days for Life campaign. The 40 Days for Life North Dakota effort of prayer, fasting and peaceful, prayerful witness outside the state’s only abortion facility began Sept. 24, in conjunction with similar campaigns in more than 170 cities across the nation.
During the 40 days, hundreds of volunteers, prayed in one-hour shifts, 24-hours-a-day, on the sidewalk outside the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, a clinic which averages 20 abortions each week.
Bishop Aquila also touched on the Church’s teaching on intrinsic evils and their relevance in Tuesday’s election during his homily.
“An intrinsic evil is anything that is always and at every time wrong – that can never be seen as a ‘good’.” He noted the intrinsic evils of abortion, contraception, premarital sex, same-sex acts and the taking of innocent human life during war.
“All of those are intrinsic evils, and no society, and no person if he is Catholic, can ever support an intrinsic evil nor can he or she ever vote for someone who supports intrinsic evil. It is important to understand that, and to understand that truth especially in the upcoming election. Because, yes, all of us will be judged by how we vote. And, yes, there are many Catholics with erroneous consciences who have made prudential judgments that are wrong and have consistently made prudential judgments that are wrong. Either they do not fully understand the teaching of the Church or they choose to ignore that teaching and they choose an evil, and an intrinsic evil.”
“For any society to be just, it must reflect the order of God,” the prelate continued. “There are fundamental rights that no one can violate and those are the inalienable rights that our forefathers recognized so clearly -- and note the order -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The bishop was careful to note that American Catholics must be concerned about other issues impacting the country such as the economy, the war in Iraq, immigration and other issues, however, he emphasized that “we must recognize that first must come the fundamental right to life…the respect for human life from the moment of conception to natural death.”
Bishop Aquila concluded his homily by encouraging the members of his diocese to persist in the fight for life. “It is important for us to never give up the battle that is taking place within our country. Even as we close these 40 days, I encourage each of you to continue to stand for the gift of life. I encourage you to continue to pray and fast in your own homes. I encourage you to pray in front of the abortion clinic, to pray for the conversion of all those who support a so-called right to abortion, because, by doing that, they are risking hell. When one looks at the Gospel, and looks at the teaching of Jesus, that is what they are risking.”
An audio recording of the homily is posted at: http://www.fargodiocese.org/Bishop/Homilies/40DaysforLifeHomily11-2-08.mp3
WAKE UP SOULS, WAKE UP YOUR SOUL NOW! Story taken from Catholic News Agency, use link above to go there.