Friday, July 25, 2008

Offer your heaviest Cross in Reparation...

40 yrs since Humanae Vitae....seems like yesterday... so much has happened since then. Had we only heeded Paul VI then....

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From: John Mallon
Date: Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Dear Friends,

Once again we mark an occasion worthy of being the subject of both Spirit & Life and Humanae Vitae Priests. My apologies for getting this to you on the very day, I realize prayer and fasting often requires some preparation.

In this light I'll make a humble suggestion: If you were not able to prepare, I recommend doing some of God's jujitsu, by offering your heaviest cross, even if just for the rest of the day, for the intention of reparation for 40 (yrs) of dissent against Humanae Vitae, thus turning pain and struggle to the good, and God's purposes.

After all, many of the crosses we carry today are the direct or indirect result of the rejection of the prophecies of Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae. How many sufferings in our lives are the direct result of the abuse of the sexual faculty that dissent from Humanae Vitae encouraged? Many, I'm afraid.

God bless you,

John Mallon

Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law, Professor O. Carter Snead to be interviewed

The banner, etc, from the newsletters do not fit well on my blog. Here is the latest from the Terri Schindler Schiavo foundation:

July 25, 2008

This Saturday on America's Lifeline!

Not yet availableDon't forget to tune into America's Lifeline on Talk Radio 860 WGUL this Saturday, July 26th at 3pm, ET. America's Lifeline is also streamed worldwide via the internet at Talk Radio 860 WGUL. For those outside the Tampa area, simply log onto and click on the 860 TALK RADIO LOGO button.

This Saturday, July 26, 2008, our guest will be University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law, Professor O. Carter Snead.

Professor Snead received his B.A. from St. Johns College and his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In late 2002, he accepted the position of General Counsel for the President's Council on Bioethics (a White House advisory committee).

From 2004-2005, Professor Snead served as the chief negotiator and head of the United States delegation to UNESCO for the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (adopted in October 2005). Professor Snead was recently listed in UNESCO's Global Ethics Observatory, a worldwide directory of experts on bioethics, environmental ethics, science ethics and technology ethics.

Please click here to read: The Surprising Truth about Terri Schiavo: The Defeat for the Cause of Autonomy by Professor Snead.

America's Lifeline is hosted by Sheila Liaugminas, former Time magazine reporter and a previous host on the popular radio show The Right Questions and Issues and Answers on Relevant Radio. The program will be co-hosted by Bobby Schindler and Suzanne Vitadamo, directors of Terri's Foundation and brother and sister of Terri Schiavo.

Remember, we will be taking your phone calls live on the air! So call 877-969-8600.

Atheist Professor Follows Through on Promise and Desecrates Eucharist

I agree with Nancy Valko... and the others. This is tragic. Lord, forgive him, he knows not what he does.

God bless!

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From:  nancyvalko
Date: Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Comment: Note that, according to this story, the professor also admits to desecrating a Koran. Where is the Muslim protest?

Nancy V.

Atheist Professor Follows Through on Promise and Desecrates Eucharist

By Hilary White

MORRIS, Minnesota, July 23, 2008 ( - Catholics around the world were outraged earlier this month when an American academic exhorted his readers on his weblog to steal a consecrated Host from a Catholic Mass so that he might then desecrate it. Despite protests from Catholic organisations and hundreds of individuals contacting him personally, Professor Paul Zachary Myers has written that he has carried through with his threat. 

A biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) and the author of the science blog Pharyngula, Myers is an avowed materialist atheist of the Darwinian school. On his blog he frequently writes disparagingly of religious belief, particularly Christian belief and is a member of the academic cadre opposed to the teaching of Intelligent Design in American schools.

On his weblog, which he promotes as "evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a godless liberal," he wrote July 8, "Can anyone out there score me some consecrated communion wafers?... if any of you would be willing to do what it takes to get me some, or even one, and mail it to me, I'll show you sacrilege, gladly, and with much fanfare…[I will] treat it with profound disrespect and heinous cracker abuse, all photographed and presented here on the web." 

After a strongly worded protest from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Myers backtracked, telling the Star Tribune that the post was meant as "satire and protest" more than an actual threat. Later, however, on a radio talk show on Catholic Radio International, Myers confirmed that he had been sent an unspecified number of consecrated hosts and that he intended to "subject them to heinous cracker abuse."

The president of the Catholic League, William Donohue, said that the University of Minnesota's Code of Conduct applied to Myers' blog since the university linked to it directly. The University has responded today that the link has been removed but that Myers will not be subject to any disciplinary action.

Today Myers wrote on his 'blog, "Yes, the sad little cracker has met its undignified end, so stop pestering me. The cracker, the Koran, and another surprise entry have been violated and are gone."

The Eucharist is believed by Catholics to be the actual "body, blood, soul and divinity" of Jesus Christ, and desecration of a Host is the most egregious sacrilege to Catholics. Catholic commentators have noted that Myers' obsession with desecrating the most sacred objects of their religion shows that he, and his followers, have "nothing but contempt for Catholics, [and] have no real grasp of the interior contours of Catholic faith and belief."

Mark Shea, a Catholic apologist and author, wrote on the Inside Catholic website, "A host is a statue is a banner is a rosary is a Bible is a scapular, as far as they can tell."

Shea said that Myers' determination to desecrate the Eucharist is a straightforward act of hatred and bigotry, one that, moreover, is in secular terms also an act of "theft, vandalism, and incitement."

Myers obsession with showing Catholics that the Eucharist has no power is an indication of a mind unbalanced by bigotry, said Shea.

Myers wrote, "It's just so darned weird that they're demanding that I offer this respect to a symbol that means nothing to me...It won't be totally tasteless, but yeah, I'll do something that shows this cracker has no power. This cracker is nothing."

He responded, "No, what Catholics are demanding is not that Myers and his cultish followers respect the Eucharist. We are demanding that they not invade our religious services, steal what does not belong to them, and incite others to vandalize what is ours and not theirs."

"But the curious thing is that he cannot rest with mere verbal blasphemies. He has to get a host in his hands and destroy it with a savage glee that, curiously, places him not among scientists but among the most magical-thinking Bronze Age fanatics."

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Janet Rivera, California's Terri Schiavo, Allowed to Receive Food and Water

Prayers are needed. A coroner appointed for her as guardian?

God bless!

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From:  nancyvalko
Date: Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Janet Rivera, California's Terri Schiavo, Allowed to Receive Food and Water


by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 24
, 2008

Fresno, CA ( -- Twelve days after she was initially denied food and water, a California court ruled that Janet Rivera is entitled to the nutrition and hydration that a guardian revoked. Rivera is the latest disabled patient like Terri Schiavo to draw the attention of pro-life advocates because of her plight.

Rivera lost her right to food and water on July 14 when a court-appointed guardian removed her feeding tube despite her family's wishes.

The 46-year-old had a heart attack on February 2006 and she never regained consciousness. She has been on life support for two years.

Fresno County Probate Judge Debra Kazanjian, in a Wednesday hearing, called the case "truly a life-and-death situation" and ruled for Rivera's family, which is fighting to save her life.

Rivera's brother, Michael Dancoff, told the Fresno Bee newspaper he was excited to hear about the ruling.
"I'm happy they're giving her a second chance," he said. "I'm happy we'll get to prove she's not on her deathbed."

He says he believes Rivera, who doctors diagnosed as being in a so-called persistent vegetative state, is still conscious.

"She looked at me and her eyes were open," he said. "She wasn't dying. She wanted to live."

The ruling is only a temporary decision to allow Rivera to receive food and water while both sides of the debate fight next Tuesday in a full-fledged hearing to determine her fate.

At that hearing, Brian Chavez-Ochoa, an attorney who consulted with the Schindler family in the Terri Schiavo case and who is helping Rivera's family, said the Riveras will be present at the hearing to plead Janet's case.

Jesus Rivera, Janet's husband, had been his wife's conservator until June 17, when he was replaced for unknown reasons by David Hadden, the Fresno County coroner. At the hearing, Judge Kazanjian said that happened because Jesus Rivera was not able to adequately provide for Janet's medical care.

Jesus, according to a Bee report, wants to allow his wife to continue to receive food and water and has wants "her body to give out when it gives out between her and almighty God and no one else."

"You can't starve someone to death," he said.

Doctors disagreed and, after consulting them, Hadden decided to remove Janet Rivera's feeding tube.

According to the newspaper, Hadden's office released a statement saying he made the decision after "immense consideration" and due to Rivera's "untreatable and irreversible condition and to prevent any and all suffering that she may be enduring."

"If this were a family member of mine, I would want the decision made by the group of physicians who are taking care of this patient," he added.

The newspaper said Hadden called the Wednesday ruling, an "appropriate course of action."

Rivera is currently admitted at the DeWitt Community Subacute Center in Fresno.