Friday, August 08, 2008

Indictment Against Massachusetts Abortionist

This was good news! Will be interesting to see if he is found guilty or not.

NEW!! Indictment Against Massachusetts Abortionist

A grand jury in Barnstable County, Massachusetts has indicted abortionist Rapin Osathanondh in the death of Laura Hope Smith. Laura was 22 years old when she died on the abortion table in Osathanondh's office on September 13, 2007. Subsequent investigations by the grand jury and the medical board discovered attempts to cover up multiple failures and the neglect of basic safety procedures which led to Laura's death. Eileen Smith, Laura's mother, spoke with CWA Policy Analyst Martha Kleder about this development and how the Lord is working through this horrible circumstance to reawaken the church to the life issue. Listen | Download

For more information visit: 8/7/2008

Coldplay "Viva la Vida"

I am looking for others' opinions about Coldplay's song, Viva la Vida...

I am HOPING that this interpretation is NOT correct.

Coldplay Provides Food for Thought in "Viva la Vida"      8/8/2008

The latest hit from the rock group Coldplay, "Viva la Vida," is raising controversy as it rises on the charts. Why? Dr. Janice Crouse, Senior Fellow and Director of CWA's Beverly LaHaye Institute, says the song overtly raises some deep spiritual questions about the nature of faith. Listen | Download

Comatose Patient Glad Parents Didn't Listen to Doctors' Euthanasia Suggestion

I just heard another nurse say the other day that a family should just pull the feeding tube, and "it'd all be over soon"... this woman speaks and answers yes and no, tries to open her eyes, and is not dying. Tube feeding is the ONLY thing she is on.

The nurse said... "but she will never be normal!" I pointed to another patient who is NOT on tube feeding, and  also is not 'normal', as he has dementia. I asked her if she would consider starving/dehydrating HIM to death. Her answer? "NO, but....." I told her that the only real difference between the two is that she has a tube that is aiding her in food and fluid. Both are cognitively disabled. Neither is dying.

She then changed her stance to... "They should never have put in the tube".... she is very surprised that her family intends to travel with her again someday. Has she never seen a family traveling with one in a wheel chair who is cognitively disabled?

God bless!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <nancyvalko>
Date: Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Comment: What is also disturbing is that these newly unconscious patients are often being targeted for NHBD (non-heartbeating organ donation aka donation after cardiac death) because they are usually on ventilators at first.
Nancy V.

Comatose Patient Glad Parents Didn't Listen to Doctors' Euthanasia Suggestion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 4
, 2008

Casper, WY ( -- Opponents of assisted suicide have always said that legalizing the grisly practice would lead to euthanasia, where patients would be killed without their request or consent. A Wyoming man who was formally brain dead and comatose is glad that his parents didn't listen to doctors, who suggested taking his life.

Kevin Monk suffered both several psychical and brain injuries when he was injured in an automobile accident eight years ago.

The 25-year-old went into a coma after the impact of the accident and had no brain function for 18 days afterwards.

Monk spent three months in the coma and, during that time, he told the Casper Star-Tribune that his physicians apparently tried to talk his parents into taking his life.

"Some of the doctors told Mom and Dad to just pull the plug," Monk said, upset to learn that now that he's recovering from his injuries. "Doctors are there to heal, not to give up."

Monk's mom, Janice, also talked with the newspaper about the prompting and the incorrect diagnosis that Monk would never recover and be in a so-called persistent vegetative state.

"We heard that for months," she said. "From every place we went, they told us he'd never be anything but a vegetable."

Wesley J. Smith, an author and attorney who specializes in end-of-life issues, said he warned about that attitude that it is better to die than live cognitively disabled when he wrote his book Culture of Death in 2001.

At the time, he said some doctors now report a rush to write off newly unconscious patients as disposable, and consign them to death by cutting off life support before they have a chance to recover.

"I was accused by some of my critics of alarmism, but in the years since this trend has only gotten worse," he said. "It really does seem to me that my warning was spot on."

"Once the law and medical ethics countenanced the dehydration of those in a persistent vegetative state and minimally conscious states based on quality of life considerations, we declared some lives not worth living," he explained.

"And that became the reigning ethical paradigm threatening people with long term disabilities and acute injuries alike," he concluded.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Response to the Cracker Comment on Desecration by Professor

I have been sitting on a comment in my blog from Aug 4, because I have not had time to respond to it. I did respond, finally. But another reason I sat on it was because I was angered by the comment, and what I wanted to say was not at all nice. The comment was made in response to the Professor who desecrated a Consecrated Host.

Anonymous said...

As an active, practicing mainline Protestant, I must confess that while tasteless and disrespectful, I find the professor's actions hysterical. It's a real commentary on why the fathers of the Reformation had the foresight to say in the Thirty-Nine Articles that transubstantiation "cannot be proved by Holy Writ, but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture." They were so right and the professor proves a good point. The Catholics would rather carry on willy-nilly over a cracker than focus on the real work of mission there is to be done in the world.
8/04/2008 2:50 PM

So, my response to him/her?

I want to know how John 6: 15-69, (esp verses 50-58) is understood by this person, who probably takes literally many parts of Scripture:

This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;
he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.
This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever."

While I am at it, I'd also want to know how this person understands Jesus' teaching on Divorce and a second subsequent marriage, but that is not germaine to his comment, other than Jesus is VERY clear in what He says about both topics in the Gospels, and many 'practicing mainline Protestants' seem to find a way around both of those very clear topics.

I want to know how he/she understands 1Cor 10:16:

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?

I want to know how he/she understands 1Cor 11: 23-27:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.

I want to know if he/she has ever read the Church Fathers... such as:

Cyril of Jerusalem (d. 386) said, "Now that you have had this teaching and are imbued with surest belief that what seems to be bread is not bread, though it has the taste, but Christ's body, and what seems to be wine is not wine, even if it appears so to the taste, but Christ's blood."

John Chrystostom (d. 407) said, "It is not the man who is responsible for the offerings becoming Christ's body and blood, it is Christ himself, who is crucified for us. The standing figure [at Mass] belongs to the priest who speaks these words, the power and the grace belong to God. 'This is my body,' he says. This sentence transforms the offerings."

Cyril of Alexandria (d. 444) wrote, "He used a demonstrative mode of speech, `This is my body' and 'This is my blood,' to prevent your thinking that what is seen is a figure; on the contrary what has truly been offered is transformed in a hidden way by the all-powerful God into Christ's body and blood. When we have become partakers of Christ's body and blood, we receive the living giving, sanctifying power of Christ."

I'd like him/her to read the article that those quotes came from, which also has a quote from
Fr. Louis Bouyer, a former Lutheran minister

"Transubstantiation is a name given in the Church . . . Although Tertullian had already used the word, Christian antiquity preferred the Greek expression metabole, translated into Latin by conversio.

"The word transubstantiation came to be used by preference during the Middle Ages, both as a reaction against certain theologians like Ratramus, who tended to see in the Eucharist only a virtual and not a real presence of the body and blood of the Lord, and against others like Paschasius Radbertus, who expressed his presence as if it were a question of a material and sensible one.

"To speak of transubstantiation comes down then to stating that it is indeed the very reality of the body of Christ that we have on the altar after the consecration, yet in a way inaccessible to the senses and in such a manner that it is neither multiplied by the multiplicity of the species, nor divided in anyway by their division, nor passible [subject to suffering] in anyway whatsoever.

I'd like to point him/her to this site as well, but I doubt very much that he/she will ever read anything that could explain why a Consecrated Host is NOT a 'cracker'.

To come anonymously to an obviously Catholic blog and mock the Main teaching of that person's Church (which shows HIS/HER own ignorance much more than it shows any "Catholics would rather carry on willy-nilly over a cracker than focus on the real work of mission there is to be done in the world."

I would like to remind him/her that MANY of the first hospitals in the US and elsewhere were started by Catholic Nuns. MANY of the earliest schools were begun by nuns! MANY food pantries (and soup kitchens) were run (and are run) by Catholics. And Catholic Relief has helped in other nations for a long time.

Today, more Catholics are at Abortion Centers than 'mainline' churches of other denominations, and a LOT of those who WERE non-Catholic are now CATHOLIC (including Dr Bernard Nathansen, Norma McCorvey, Randall Terry, and many others).

Catholics also help women who had abortions heal through groups like Project Rachel. WE became parents because the birthmothers went to Catholic Social Services (now Catholic Charities) to place their children for adoption after choosing LIFE for their three daughters!

I am really tired of people telling me that Catholics do not "focus on the real work of mission there is to be done in the world."

We also TEACH about Jesus Christ, often by actions and when necessary, by words (as St Francis Assisi said)... Notice Mother Teresa of Calcutta and others like her!!

So, anonymous... take your 'cracker' comment and ... never mind. That isn't very Christian of me. Rather, "Father, forgive him/her, for he/she knows not what he/she does"... and God bless.


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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

WHAT?? Labor Day swapped?


I cannot get the video to work on my blog, so go here, and learn why a poultry company is giving up Labor Day for a Muslim holiday...

Monday, August 04, 2008

We have a new Bishop... and I forgot to talk about it!!

I cannot believe that I forgot to blog about our good news in Green Bay Diocese, but I did!
MUCH more coverage in The Compass!! There is also a slideshow with the announcement and his response there.

We have a new Bishop. Please pray for him...

God bless!

News Article
07/09/08 The Most Rev. David L. Ricken
is named the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (July 9, 2008) - The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, today announced the appointment of the Most Reverend David L. Ricken as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. Bishop Ricken will take possession of this Diocese at a special ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 28, at a time and location to be determined.

Bishop Ricken, age 55, is the Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming. A native of Dodge City, Kansas, Bishop Ricken was born Nov. 9, 1952, to George William "Bill" and Bertha (Davis) Ricken. He attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Grade School in Dodge City, and St. Francis Seminary High School in Victoria, Kansas, before entering college at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio, (1970-72) and graduating from Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. Bishop Ricken conducted his theological studies for the Diocese of Pueblo at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium where he earned his STB (master's equivalent) degree and completed his seminary formation.

Bishop Ricken was ordained a priest on Sept. 12, 1980, by the Bishop of Pueblo, Arthur Tafoya, at La Junta Catholic Parish in southeast Colorado. His first appointment was as associate pastor to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo.

Five years later, he was named the administrator of Holy Rosary Parish in Pueblo and vice chancellor of the Diocese. In 1987, then-Father Ricken attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he received his Licentiate degree (J.C.L.) in Canon Law (church law) in 1989. Upon returning to the diocese, was appointed the vocation director and vicar for ministry formation. Three years later, he added diocesan chancellor to his responsibilities as well as assisting in the Diocesan Tribunal. He served in these positions until Oct. 1, 1996, when he was nominated to be an official of the Congregation for the Clergy at the Vatican where he served through December 1999.

On Jan. 6, 2000, Ricken was ordained to the episcopacy for the Diocese of Cheyenne at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. The Mass of Welcome to the Diocese of Cheyenne took place on Feb. 11, 2000, in Cheyenne. On Sept. 26, 2001, Bishop Ricken succeeded Bishop Joseph Hart as the leader of the Diocese of Cheyenne.

Bishop Ricken is a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Bishops' Committee on Catechesis and served on the editorial oversight board for the National Directory of Catechesis. He is the Chairman of the Committee on the American College of Louvain, Belgium, and a member of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. He is currently on the board of trustees for the Our Lady of the New Advent Theological Institute in Denver and for the Catholic Mutual Relief Society. He is a member of the Bishop's Advisory Council for the Institute for Priestly Formation and serves on the Board of Regents for Conception Seminary College. He is past-President of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference and a past member of the Committee on Home Missions.

Bishop Ricken will become the twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, succeeding the Most Rev. David A. Zubik who served as Green Bay's Bishop from Dec. 12, 2003, to Sept. 28, 2007. Since September, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has been this Diocese's apostolic administrator. He will continue in this capacity until the newly appointed Bishop is installed on Aug. 28.

Established in 1868, the Diocese of Green Bay is home to nearly 350,000 Catholics. The 160 parishes serve people in a 16-county area: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

AJ had another seizure

My daughter just called. Alex, my oldest grandson, 12, had another seizure. The pediatric neurologist that they were referred to is on vacation, so they still do not know what the two areas of concern on the EEG are all about, as she has not been able to get in to see him. Now today, she was told that she could drive down to Milwaukee to see another one down there...that is two hours away. AJ is at home, since the CT Scan showed nothing, and I told her to give her family MD another call back to see if she needs to do something today or not. She may not even be able to get in today at Milwaukee.

Please keep AJ in prayers, again/still...