Saturday, August 02, 2008

Bishops Openly Criticize Catholic Professor over Nutrition and Hydration Articles

Thursday July 31, 2008

In Rare Move Bishops Openly Criticize Catholic Professor over Nutrition and Hydration Articles in Jesuit Magazine

MANASSAS, VA, July 31, 2008 (CNSweb) - Articles about end-of-life ethics by two college professors, including a bioethics professor at Loyola University of Chicago, have prompted a rare public correction by the leading American bishops responsible for pro-life activities and Catholic doctrine.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., chairman of the USCCB Committee on Doctrine, raise their concerns in the August 4 issue of the Jesuits' America magazine.

The bishops write that two previous America articles by John Hardt, assistant professor of bioethics at Loyola University of Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine, and Thomas Shannon, emeritus professor of religion and social ethics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, "appear to misunderstand and subsequently misrepresent the substance of Church teaching on these difficult but important ethical questions" about "our moral obligations to patients who exist in what has come to be called a 'persistent vegetative state.'"

Both professors argue for exceptions to Church teaching, thereby allowing the removal of a feeding tube and hydration from such patients.

In his January article, Hardt cites a 2007 statement by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which teaches that artificial nutrition and hydration may be withheld from a patient when "in some rare cases" the treatment "may become excessively burdensome."  Using the example of his father, who has asked not to receive artificial hydration and nutrition should he enter a vegetative state, Hardt writes, "[M]y father has judged that the burden of persisting in a vegetative state far outweighs the benefit of being sustained that way.  This, in my view, is a very Catholic way of thinking…."

Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Lori respond that Hardt wrongly defines excessive burden as "a simple dislike for survival in a helpless state."  In fact, the bishops write, "that claim has no foundation in the text [and] is actually contradicted" by the CDF.

Furthermore, the bishops write, Hardt ignores the Church's teaching on euthanasia by "omission":  "The Church insists on the important distinction between validly withdrawing a life-sustaining means because the means itself is burdensome, and wrongly withdrawing it because (in someone's view) life itself has become burdensome."  The latter action is "always morally wrong," and providing food and water is almost never a significant burden to the patient.

"By omitting food and fluids, what are we trying to achieve?" ask the bishops.  "Whose 'burden' are we trying to ease?  Assisted feeding is often not difficult or costly to provide in itself, but the housing, nursing care and other basic needs of a helpless patient can be significant.  To discontinue assisted feeding in order to be freed from such burdens puts the caregiver's interests ahead of the patient's, even if we prefer not to recognize the reality of our choice."

The articles by Hardt and Shannon echo the public advocacy by many college professors - several of them at Catholic universities - in support of the withdrawal of food and water from the Florida patient Terri Schiavo in 2005, despite clear Vatican opposition.  The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) identified several professors at Boston College, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Seattle University and elsewhere who publicly contradicted Vatican officials on the Schiavo case or otherwise aided the "right to die" movement in the United States.

"The danger is obvious: If the Church is going to face up to a growing movement for euthanasia and assisted suicide in the United States, Catholic universities must help in that important battle," wrote CNS President Patrick J. Reilly in the June 2005 issue of Crisis magazine.

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Attorney Brian Chavez-Ochoa To be on America's Lifeline Today

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From: The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation <>
August 1, 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, August 2nd 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 our guest will be the Attorney Brian Chavez-Ochoa who represented the interests of Mrs. Janet Rivera.

You may have recently read about Mrs. Rivera's horrifying situation. She is the California woman that had her food and hydration stopped arbitrarily by the county coroner despite her entire family that was willing and wanting to care for her. Last week, after Mrs. Rivera went without food and water for ten days, Attorney Chavez-Ochoa intervened and because of his efforts the court ordered that her foods and fluids be restored.

Terri's Foundation was also involved in this tragic case that fortunately had a happy ending.

So tune in Saturday to listen to this very special program with Attorney Brian Chavez-Ochoa.

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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Anyone who has read Frank Peretti's Piercing the Darkness in the past has a good idea of the damage that ONE TEACHER can do to a class, to a school, and to a community. His book deals with the dark side of "New Age" teachings, though it becomes apparent that New Age stuff is all from the darkside.

Fr Mitch Pacwa has also spoken and written about the New Age, as have others. Spiritual warfare is not funny, and it is very real.

So imagine my feelings (having experienced spiritual warfare a few times ...) when I read Diogenes last night, and then went to read the entire article he was referring to...and found that this woman teaches (taught?) religion in a CATHOLIC SCHOOL!

"Channeling" is NOT good. And I HIGHLY doubt that Padre Pio would be saying the things she has credited him with!

Anyone who has read his writings, heard his voice (there are a few places online that you can hear him, in Italian) or read anything about him would not recognize him in those words attributed to him.

At CWNews, in the comments, someone mentioned that this teacher is not teaching any longer. I am not sure, but if she isn't, how many children did she affect before she was no longer there? How many is she STILL affecting??

She said she is hoping to use her gifts to encourage people, especially children, who may have similar talents but are afraid to use or even acknowledge them.

Mrs. Zimmerman just this week had her first book published, Why Am I Different?, by Outskirts Press. It is about a young girl who must cope with her gifts of seeing and hearing spirits.

"More and more kids are coming to me who are hearing voices or who are seeing spirits, some of them both, and lately I've asked him [Padre Pio] if this is an area that I'm being directed towards and he said, 'Absolutely. That's one of the reasons why you're here, to help these kids understand that it's a gift and it's not a fearful thing.'•"

End quote.

1John 4:1-6
4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
4:3 and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already.
4:4 Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
4:5 They are of the world, therefore what they say is of the world, and the world listens to them.
4:6 We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Some information:

  • Beware New Age Catholicism Catholic Answers Live interview with Moira Noonan, former New Ager (requires RealPlayer)
  • Enneagram Catholic Answers Live interview with Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ, expert on the New Age Movement (requires RealPlayer)
  • Gods of the New Age Movement Catholic Answers Live interview with Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ, an exprert on the New Age Movement (requires RealPlayer)
More here.

Chase Hilgenbrinck Entering Seminary, Leaving Soccer

I read about this the other day, and but today, Chase Hilgenbrinck was on Fox News talking about his decision to leave the soccer game to become a priest, and he asked for prayers for himself and all priests and seminarians.

God bless, you, Chase, as you follow Him...

BOSTON (AP) -- When he was playing professional soccer in Chile, Chase Hilgenbrinck would seek comfort in the churches to satisfy his spiritual needs and remind him of childhood Sundays spent at Holy Trinity in his hometown of Bloomington, Ill.

Even after moving back to the United States last Christmas to play Major League Soccer -- a dream of his, but just one of them -- Hilgenbrinck felt the pull of his religion.

"I felt called to something greater," Hilgenbrinck said. "At one time I thought that call might be professional soccer. In the past few years, I found my soul is hungry for something else.

"I discerned, through prayer, that it was calling me to the Catholic Church. I do not want this call to pass me by."

Hilgenbrinck accepted the calling on Monday when he left the New England Revolution and retired from professional soccer to enter a seminary, where he will spend the next six years studying theology and philosophy so he can be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.

"It's not that I'm ready to leave soccer. I still have a great passion for the game," he said in a telephone interview. "I wouldn't leave the game for just any other job. I'm moving on for the Lord. I want to do the will of the Lord, I want to do what he wants for me, not what I want to do for myself."

To read the rest of this story.....

"The Hope of The Promise"

How I wish I could go to this Conference!

NOTE that it will be the first time Rosalind Moss will be speaking as Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God!

"The Hope of The Promise:
An Exploration of God’s Promise to Israel and its Fulfillment.
Catholicism and the Jewish People in the 21st Century -
New Perspectives and Dimensions."


6 p.m. - Registration
7– 9:30 p.m. - Conference & Dinner at the CUA

We are honored to have Archbishop Sambi, Papal Nuncio to the United States opening the conference as our keynote speaker. This special evening, combines the celebration of Inside the Vatican’s 15th anniversary and the opening of this historic conference.

Panel Discussion and Presentations from Noted Hebrew Catholics

8 a.m. - Registration

9:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Panel Discussion
Pius XII: A 21st Century Perspective: Pope Pius XII and his role in saving countless Jewish lives during WII.


  • Dr. Robert Moynihan - Moderator
  • William Doino
  • Sister Margharita Marchione
  • Rabbi Dalin

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - "Salvation is from the Jews" - Roy Schoeman, author

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch (included) - Provided in cafeteria, choice of sandwiches, salads, desserts and drinks

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. - "Mary, the Mother of Israel’s Hope" - Rosalind Moss, soon to be Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God after the formal inauguration of her new religious community.

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. - "Vision for the Hebrew Speaking Catholic Church in Israel" - Father David-Maria Jaeger, OFM, JCD Member of the Delegation Commission between the State of Israel and the Holy See

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. - Break

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - "Through the Eucharist we become Witnesses of Hope" - Father Peter Sabbath, Hebrew Catholic Diocesan Priest from Quebec.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - "First Century Judaism" - Mark Drogin, President of Remnant of Israel

Evening Mass

Presentations from Hebrew Catholics, Panel Discussion

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Dr. Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the
on the writings of Pope Benedict XVI and Judaism.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - "Jews in the Church - A Sign of the Times" – David Moss, President
of Association of Hebrew Catholics

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch (included) - Provided in cafeteria, choice of sandwich
wraps, soups, salads, desserts and drinks

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - "For Such a Time as this: The Book of Esther and the Common Good" – Dr. Paul Schenck, Founder of the National Pro-Life Center

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - "Mary, the Mother of Israel’s Hope" – Rosalind Moss, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. - Break

3:15 - 5:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion - "The State of Israel: Exploring the Challenges
and Relationships"


  • Dr. Robert Moynihan - Moderator
  • Father Mitch Pacwa
  • Roy Schoeman
  • Father David Jaeger

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Archbishop Burke to dedicate new national shrine for Our Lady of Guadalupe

Archbishop Burke to dedicate new national shrine for Our Lady of Guadalupe

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

.- Archbishop Raymond Burke is flying back from Rome to dedicate the new Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe this coming Thursday, the sixth anniversary of the canonization of Guadalupe visionary St. Juan Diego. The shrine, near the western Wisconsin town of La Salle, is to be a pilgrimage destination for the faithful where they can show their devotion to the Virgin Mary under her title Patroness of the Americas.

Shrine project architect Michael Swinghamer told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the church is in the style of 17th-century Italianate Renaissance design. Its interior seats 450 and features Italian artwork, a 54-rank organ, Italian marble, and a mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe positioned behind a marble-columned canopy over the altar.

The turquoise dome bears stars in the pattern of the night sky near Mexico City in 1531, when the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to Juan Diego. The turquoise is the same color as Mary's mantle in the miraculous image made on Juan Diego's cloak, which is known as a tilma.

The church's exterior includes a tower with a 25-bell carillon and a plaza with a duplicate of the bronze statue of Juan Diego at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico. The church itself sits high on a hill on a 103-acre site, which also has shaded, wooded walks among outdoor artwork pieces.

"In the tradition of pilgrimage churches, the shrine is located high upon a hill outside of the city with a campanile and dome which will be visible from afar," said Duncan Stroik, a South Bend, Indiana church architect who worked with Swinghamer.

Archbishop Burke, who was then Bishop of La Crosse, announced plans for the project in 1999.

"Because of the loss of hope in our time and the immensity of the moral difficulties which we face, there is a great desire for a place of pilgrimage in which faith and hope can be renewed," he said at the time.

Dave Clements, executive director of the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, estimated that the shrine had more than 50,000 visitors last year and should get 75,000 to 100,000 visitors in 2008.
He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the shrine could top 200,000 visitors in 2010, estimating that pilgrims could bring anywhere from $6 to $10 million in income for area businesses.

Visitors to the shrine last week found some portions closed in preparation for the dedication, but were still positive.

"What we could see, I was in awe," said Iowan Linda Miller. "It's very inspirational."

Duncan Stroik, who is the director of the Institute for Sacred Architecture and an associate professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, described the shrine to CNA as "a very devotional building, a place for the liturgy, a place for the sacraments," noting its three confessionals and ten shrines to different saints.

"More than a parish church, it's a place for people to come and pray, or light a candle, or recite a rosary with their children, not necessarily just a place for the liturgy," he continued.

The main focus of the building, Stroik explained, is upon the nave and the tabernacle to create a "crescendo" unifying the Eucharist, the liturgy, the image of the Crucifixion of Christ, and the image of the Blessed Virgin. The architects had to "develop an interior which leads your eye to the sanctuary, and in the sanctuary it all comes together."

According to Stroik, Archbishop Burke wanted to emphasize the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a main focus in the church, like it is the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

"People would see it immediately and know the focus is on the story of the Virgin and Juan Diego," he said.

Stroik told CNA that the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is not a photographic reproduction of the tilma, but rather a mosaic based on a very high-quality resolution photo of the original tilma.

"It allows people to see it's the image of the tilma and not the tilma itself," he explained.

One of the challenges of the project, according to Stroik, was to build something that was "grand and monumental" for a church that was not very large.

Stroik said that the land surrounding the shrine was "a beautiful but very steep site." Planners, including Archbishop Burke, wanted pilgrims to "go up to house of the Lord" like the "great churches of the hill towns in Italy." However, these aims limited the possibilities for construction.

"It was a labor of love," Stroik concluded. "It's been almost seven years in coming, and we've used artists and craftsmen from around the world."

"It has been a great pleasure."

Monday, July 28, 2008

Lives are Worth Saving

Then there are those who think that life IS worth more than one way. "Rocky" and a partner not only save lives by racing to the scene, but also teach others to do the same. Five doctors have resulted!! Many paramedics/EMTs...

Go Rocky!

God bless!

Medical Care Refused... again.

This is what is coming to more of us if the gov't takes over health care. Rationed care, refusal to treat those who do not have the $$ to pay for their own care.
And of course, there is always the option to 'peacefully die with dignity' with the assistance of your friendly MD (euthanasia or assisted suicide... ).

Either way, 'non-productive eaters' who cost too much ... face the same thing that this man was told in Oregon...and recently, there was also a woman who was refused chemo (the medication manufacturer gave her one year of treatment free, possibly renewable from what I remember reading...and don't forget the young girl whose insurance refused to pay for a donor organ... until she had died.)

MORE AND MORE of us are going to be dependent on the 'mercy' of the gov't as we retire, or become disabled in the near future.... Are we heading toward the T4 Program here in the US?

I am afraid something very close to it is not too far away. Just as we now have abortion centers, we may very soon see euthanasia centers...

Long ago, when my oldest was about 15-16 yrs old, another sixteen yr old spoke about the number of abortions being performed every year, and she predicted... "Your generation has killed many of my generation. My generation will kill yours!"

I told my kids she was right. I had often told my mother her generation would die a natural death (they aren't all, however), but mine would not. It is coming.... for many people, it may already be here... remember people like Terri Schiavo, Nancy Cruzan and others who also were deemed to be "living lives not worth living".

"Non-productive eaters" isn't too very far from 'too expensive to treat if you don't have five years' kind of thinking. "Non-productive eaters" isn't too very far away from... 'no real quality of life'. "Non-productive eaters" isn't all that far from 'allowing someone to die with dignity (pc definition)' or killing them by 'keeping them comfortable' with an overdose of Morphine and Ativan given every one hour as in 'terminal sedation' that is now being pushed by many Hospice facilities across the nation.

Sounds more and more like the T4 Program of Nazi Germany. I thought we said that it would never happen again? It is starting, IMHO.

Terri's Foundation Helps Save the Life of California Women

The reporter in the video news reports several times referred to Mrs Janet Rivera as being 'brain dead' in error. This same error was also largely repeated during the tragedy of Terri Schindler Schiavo.

Janet Rivera is NOT brain dead. If she were, she would NOT have begun to breathe on her own when the ventilator was removed. She IS brain damaged, resulting in being disabled, but she is also NOT dying. Starving/dehydrating anyone to death is wrong, and is cruel.

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July 28, 2008

Terri's Foundation Helps Save the Life of California Women

It's a wake-up call. That's what the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation says about a story you first saw Monday on CBS47. The organization helped Janet Rivera's family find legal counsel after the Fresno County Public Guardian's office refused to give her food and water.

Rivera went about eleven days off life support and it wasn't until the family asked CBS47 for help and we began our investigation, that the county put back her feeding tube.

A judge ordered the county to restore her feeding tube and respirator, although the family says she was already breathing on her own.

Click here to read more and watch video (upper right)

"Terri's Foundation says: "It's a Wake-up Call"

Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation
5562 Central Avenue
Suite 2
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, Inc., (TSSF) is a non-profit group dedicated to ensuring the rights of disabled, elderly and vulnerable citizens against care rationing, euthanasia and medical killing. Incorporated in 2001 to fight for the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo, the clear focus of TSSF now and in the future is to help others avoid future tragedies that reflect what Terri endured.