Stephen Baskerville: How Our Tax Dollars Subsidize Family Breakup
From: Stephen Baskerville
Date: Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 5:51 AM
Wisconsin Right to Life PAC Endorses Sen. John McCain
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee today announced its endorsement of Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential race.
Senator McCain has a stellar 100% voting record on protecting unborn children from abortion. He opposes the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand in the United States and he voted to ban the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure. He opposes taxpayer funding of abortion and supports legislation that would require parental notification prior to a minor's abortion.
Senator McCain opposes human cloning and the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes. He has stated that he would nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices in the mold of Justices Roberts and Scalia.
Both Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama have 0% right-to-life voting records.
Senator Clinton supports the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and is a co-sponsor of the so-called Freedom of Choice Act that would codify Roe v. Wade and invalidate most federal and state right-to-life laws. She supports the partial-birth abortion procedure and supports taxpayer funding of abortion. Sen. Clinton opposes legislation to require parental notification prior to a minor's abortion. She supports the cloning of human embryos for research purposes.
Senator Obama, like Sen. Clinton, is a co-sponsor of the so-called Freedom of Choice Act and supports taxpayer funding of abortion. He was not yet a U.S. Senator when the partial-birth abortion ban was voted on. Sen. Obama opposes laws requiring parental notification prior to a minor's abortion and supports the cloning of human embryos for research purposes.
"For those of us who believe the sanctity of human life is the bottom line issue in making our voting decisions, the choice could not be clearer" said Susan Armacost, WRTL/PAC Director.
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From: John Mallon
Statement of Human Life International on the
Death of Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo
FRONT ROYAL, VA — The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) issued the following statement today on the death of Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family:
“Today we mourn the loss of a great friend and leader in the cause of life and support of the family. Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo was a great champion of the unborn child and family life.
“His Eminence was a great friend of HLI. We collaborated with him in translation and publication of the Lexicon of Ambiguous and Debatable Terms Regarding Family Life and Ethical Questions, the World Meeting of Families in Manila and have distributed his document on ‘Family Values v. Safe Sex’ on all five continents of the world.
“As we pray confidently for his eternal rest we also look forward to his fervent intercession from on high as we in the Church Militant on earth continue the struggle for the sacredness of human life and the related issues Cardinal Trujillo cared so deeply about and fought so hard for.”
An updated statement from Edward Peters on Bishop Lugo...
Who is not happy to see Paraguay's junta finally voted out of office? That the election was peaceful and, so far, seems to be accepted by the old guard is even better. But that is not the issue in regard to Paraguay's new president, Bp. Fernando Lugo. The issue here is canonical (and by implication, theological and pastoral): Lugo was ordained to the fullness of holy orders for the spiritual service of God's people.
This will be interesting to watch!
However, more news came to him after he originally wrote his blog, with accusations. I am simply disgusted beyond words.
After decades of disinterest, suddenly two Canon 1405 cases?
Pope Benedict XVI is believed to be mulling over the possibility of expelling a bishop, Fernando Lugo, from the clerical state. That would certainly be a first under the 1983 Code, and I'm pretty sure, it never happened under the 1917 Code.
Read what options the pope has here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2008/04/after-decades-of-disinterest-suddenly.html
LightoftheLaw URL: http://www.canonlaw.info/blog.html
Monsignor Jim Lisante and Fr Jonathan Morris were speaking on Fox News during the Pope's visit, and at one point, Msgr Lisante made a very telling remark about counseling couples in marital difficulties. He said that he will NO LONGER SEE only one of a couple. He will only see them together, because the other way does no good.
WAY TO GO, Monsignor!
He gets it. They are ONE. You cannot solve a problem between two people by talking and listening to only ONE of them!
Too often, ONE is seen; false compassion takes over, and 'permission' to divorce, and a near guarantee of an 'annulment' is given to one half of a couple. That leaves the OTHER HALF out in the dark. Since the priest has already 'sided' with the one who wants to force divorce, he sets himself up to being little or no help whatsoever to the other half of ONE FLESH.
It is something that I briefly alluded to in my open letter to Benedict XVI the other day....
This (seeing them together) is the only way that any marriage counseling should be done, because it is the ONLY way most times to open communication and begin to SOLVE THE PROBLEMS, and bring about reconciliation!!! When you only hear ONE SIDE of a story, it is EASY to get 'sympathetic' ..and not speak hard truths, or really help the couple. A very distorted, one-sided picture appears, and it 'looks' ok, but is only part of the story....
RECONCILIATION is the way of the Church, and is the clear direction given by God, and by St Paul in 1Cor 7.
God bless Msgr Jim Lisante!
Just as abortion advocates changed terminology in order to 'convince' people that a baby isn't a baby when it is being formed in his/her mother's womb (ie products of conception, usage of a biological/medical term instead of baby--fetus, etc) and divorce advocates changed terminology in order to make divorce more palatable (ie 'single again', Legal terms changed to Petitioner/Respondent, etc), people use terms in other areas as well.
The Middle East is filled with such terminology. Smooth Stone has written about at least one of them.
Just as many pro-lifers have long been using the term 'pre-born baby' to replace the others, and those of us opposed to 'no fault' divorce call it what it really is, (ie forced unilateral and probably unconstitutional divorce), he proposes a change in lexicon.
FYI text: http://tinyurl.com/67ou2r
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
ON THE FEAST OF PESAH
The third impressive song (and there were many many good singers...many beautiful songs) that I enjoyed hearing was Kathleen Battle singing the Our Father.
I love that song, and always have. Each of these three songs have always been special to me in so many ways, so many times in my life. There are others, for sure, because I like music. I cannot sing well, and have a more alto voice. Hence, I like that range. Soprano voices often sound 'shrill' to me (sorry) but I admire the range, and the ability to hit such high notes!
So enjoy Kathleen Battle and the Our Father!
Although there was a lot of wonderful music during the Papal Visit, I enjoyed two the most. Kelly Clarkson has a special place in my heart because of her song Because of You, written when she was 16, as the child of divorce, and HER video version of her song (not Reba's with her that came later) is poignant. Because of that video, she is impacting many.
But I also love tenors, and Placido Domingo is another I love to listen to.
And God bless!
Thanks to two visitors and a third friend, I now have Kelly Clarkson singing AVE MARIA for the Holy Father from three sources, and was able to download it to my external hard drive for future enjoyment! Anonymous visitor one sent that version first, available here.
Then my new young friend Katey sent another (I used tiny url, Katey, to shorten up the address) for a streaming version available here.
And finally, my friend Em found it on youtube here.
THANK you to all three of you!
And God bless!