Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bairns Are A Blessin

Last evening, I got a phone call from my son, asking me to stop by his house before I went to work. He wouldn't tell me why he wanted me to stop, just said there was something he wanted me to see, and would only take about fifteen minutes.

I told him I'd try, but had to lie down for awhile before working the night shift, so if I woke too late to leave, I'd have to stop in the morning on my way home. PROBLEM... he works today at 6:30 AM, I'd not be done until at LEAST 6:30 AM.

So it would not work out. There is no way that I could get there before he had to leave for his job.

He then said, sounding very disappointed, that they would have to wait until Sunday.
I told him I'd try to make it on my way to work. Then...about an hour later....

I was cancelled, so I called him back to let him know, and to ask him if he still wanted me to come over. He said it was up to me. I told him I'd come. Katie, in the background encouraged him to just tell me.... So he began his story...

Near quotes:

"Tonight when I got home from work, Haylie met me at the door with a hand-written pink heart-shaped note, and then ran away."

He read the front side............

....turned it over, and read.....

He said he just stared for a minute, then looked at Katie, and they said at the same time.....

He: "You're pregnant?"
She: "I'm pregnant!"

Katie said that the look on his face was priceless....

Sooooo, Grandchild Number Seven is due to join us approximately NOV 4, 2009.

Cardinal Nicholas DiNardo Also Criticizes Notre Dame

HT to LifesiteNews

Cardinal Nicholas DiNardo wrote (scroll down to the bottom of this page, the last third of what he has written) :

In light of what I wrote above, I want to venture a comment on the recently released statement of the University of Notre Dame; that statement noted that the President has accepted an invitation to give the Commencement Address this year as well as receive an Honorary Law Degree. The news release then outlines the fact that a number of other Presidents have given the Commencement Address at Notre Dame and have thus highlighted, in effect, the university’s importance. I find the invitation very disappointing. Though I can understand the desire by a university to have the prestige of a commencement address by the President of the United States, the fundamental moral issue of the inestimable worth of the human person from conception to natural death is a principle that soaks all our lives as Catholics, and all our efforts at formation, especially education at Catholic places of higher learning. The President has made clear by word and deed that he will promote abortion and will remove even those limited sanctions that control this act of violence against the human person. The Bishops of the United States published a document a few years ago asking all Catholic universities to avoid giving a platform or an award to those politicians or public figures who promote the taking of unborn human life. Even given the dignity of Office of the President, this offer is still providing a platform and an award for a public figure who has been candid on his pro-abortion views. Particularly troubling is the Honorary Law Degree since it recognizes that the person is a “Teacher,” in this case of the Law. I think that this decision requires charitable but vigorous critique.

Cardinal DiNardo has now voiced exactly my own objections to Obama speaking at the Commencement and being given an Honorary Law Degree. Thank you, Cardinal DiNardo for speaking out!

God bless!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Who Painted It?

Two things struck me when I read this article...

  • This is our Secretary of State.
  • She was there once before.
Why did they strike me?

When a Secretary of State goes to visit another country, they should know something ABOUT that country, and in my estimation, if they are going to sight-see while IN that country... how much trouble is it to Google or Yahoo a search about what you are going to see before you get there??


Then explain to me her comment....

Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”

Clinton then told Msgr. Monroy that she had previously visited the old Basilica in 1979, when the new one was still under construction.

After placing a bouquet of white flowers by the image, Mrs. Clinton went to the quemador –the open air area at the Basilica where the faithful light candles- and lit a green candle.

Leaving the basilica half an hour later, Mrs. Clinton told some of the Mexicans gathered outside to greet her, “you have a marvelous virgin!”

She apparently did not learn the significance of the Tilma on her first trip there in 1979... and...

Someone had to have made sure that she had this bouquet of white flowers to place there. Whomever it was apparently did not help her to know what she was visiting, its significance this time, either?

Yet she also lit a candle...

This tells me that this was just for show....and interesting side trip for a photo op. Again, how hard would it have been to have googled for information BEFORE she got there?

I am praying that the Lady of Guadalupe continues to 'visit' with Secretary of State Clinton -- and amazes her just as she amazed the Bishop and others when the flowers fell from the Tilma of St Juan Diego.

Read the rest of the story here....

God bless!

Notre Dame Update: Austin Bishop Says ND Not Living Up to Catholic Identity

Cardinal Newman Society reports:

As the petition at breaks 185,000 supporters in less than a week, the following statement was issued by Bishop Aymond, Diocese of Austin, criticizing the University of Notre Dame's decision to honor and provide a platform for President Obama at Commencement:

Cardinal Newman Society has his statement and further comment here.

Notre Dame Grad to Fr Jenkins

My friend Tim Belke, a Notre Dame grad with at least two other family members ( a niece and a nephew) who are also Notre Dame grads has given me permission to put his letter to Fr Jenkins here, and is encouraging other Notre Dame alumni to also contact Fr Jenkins.
I had said to him:

You hit on my concerns perfectly. You spoke with honor, with dignity. You said everything in very straight-forward terms, not nasty, not mincingly.

Wow... I wish I could put this on my blog, but I won't ask you  to 'go public'. 
Tim responded:

It's not as well-written as I would like.  I could keep polishing it forever, but at some point one just has to hit "print" and move on. 

You can certainly put it on your blog. 




In another email, he also gave me permission to use his full name.  So, without further ado, Tim's letter:

The body is as follows:

I am writing with regard to President Obama speaking at this year's commencement.


I've written a number of letters to both you and Father Malloy over the past 20 years or so, expressing my dismay over the fact, and it is a fact, that my beloved University is sliding into the land of Catholic obscurity… well on her way to becoming no better than just another secularized "Catholic" university.  Highly ranked, academically, but Catholic in name only.   


It seemed like things were getting more orthodox there, but now I hear that you've invited Barack Obama to give the commencement speech this May, and are going to award him an honorary degree.  This is truly a scandal!    


For one thing, one would expect intelligent people to learn from one another.  Take Mgsr. Cavanaugh, for example.  He told then-governor Gray Davis to renounce his public position on abortion before he would be allowed to visit Cavanaugh's orphanage and give out gifts to the kids there.  Mgsr. Cavanaugh refused to give Davis a photo-op.  Will you refuse to let Obama step onto our hallowed ground unless he renounces his positions?


Pope Benedict spoke with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, but refused to let photographers and journalists in so that she would not be able to get anything that looked like support from the Pope.  Will you keep photographers and journalists away?


No, you are clearly doing this to add to the secular prestige of the university.  You are giving him the most prestigious and public Catholic soapbox, and "with no preconditions".  Our Lady's University is being used.  Shame on you!


You are suggesting that this is all okay because you will be able to "dialogue" with him.  Is this because ND has lost her moral authority to TEACH, and so is reduced to dialogue?


You say that you are honoring him for his leadership.  You are honoring him for his ability to lead, while ignoring where he's leading us to?  Does that make any sense?  Where has he led us?  So far he has repealed the Mexico City Policy, he has announced that he would rescind protection to health care workers who conscientiously object, on moral grounds, to participate in abortive or contraceptive actions, he announced that he would remove restrictions to embryonic stem cell research, and he has stated that he supports and will sign FOCA.  He's leading this country to Hell!  And for that he's being honored.  Okay.


I don't know what else to say.  Please, please, please reconsider!



Thursday, March 26, 2009

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Flash: Abp. Burke clarifies he was misled about Communion interview agenda

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Flash: Abp. Burke clarifies he was misled about Communion interview agenda

Oh, dear... my less than wonderful thoughts about Randall Terry have gone even further downward.

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: AmP Exclusive: Bp. Olmsted tells Fr. Jenkins Obama invitation "public act of disobedience to US Bishops"

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: AmP Exclusive: Bp. Olmsted tells Fr. Jenkins Obama invitation "public act of disobedience to US Bishops"

WOW, Bishop Olmsted! I stand with you on this! God bless!

"It is a public act of disobedience to the Bishops of the United States."

"I pray that you come to see the grave mistake of your decision, and the way it undercuts the Church's proclamation of the Gospel of Life in our day."

Is Obama Worth a Mass? Ralph McInerny

Ralph McInerny ends his commentary:

By inviting Barack Obama as commencement speaker, Notre Dame is telling the nation that the teaching of the Catholic church on this fundamental matter can be ignored. Lip service may be paid to the teaching on abortion, but it is no impediment to upward mobility, to the truly vulgar lust to be welcomed into secular society, whether on the part of individuals or institutions.

Some years ago, Archbishop Michael Miller in his Vatican capacity as overseer of Catholic education, said in an address at Notre Dame that the Holy Father was considering prohibiting the use of the word "Catholic" by institutions whose behavior contradicts that use. By inviting Barack Obama to be the 2009 commencement speaker, Notre Dame has forfeited its right to call itself a Catholic university. It invites an official rebuke. May it come.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: WI Catholic
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 12:19 PM

The following page from the "The Catholic Thing" web site has been sent to you by
WI Catholic.

You can access it at the following URL:

Michael Voris, 1983 Notre Dame Graduate on Obama Scandal

HT to Jill Stanek

1983 ND grad Michael Voris has three other videos at the Real Catholic TV website that are also worth viewing.
and a video petition

Well said, Michael Voris! Well said!

God bless!

Burke on Sebelius

Interview from Archbishop Burke regarding Gov Kathleen Sebelius can be found here

   "As a Roman Catholic,
her appointment is the source of the greatest embarrassment
because she has publicly and repeatedly betrayed her Catholic faith…"

Archbishop Raymond L. Burke

From The Washington Times: Sebelius in trouble with Catholic Church

Austin Ruse -- Hey, Obama: Hands Off Burke

First, we have Connecticut trying to interfere with the Church.

Now -- we have the possibility that the US Gov't is?  Austin Ruse says:

A reliable source tells me that someone representing the Obama administration is about to put pressure on the papal nuncio to the United States to get Archbishop Raymond Burke to be quiet. The Obama complaint is that Archbishop Burke, who is now head of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, has supported another bishop in his chastisement of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for her support of abortion.

Why is Archbishop Burke being targeted? Because in an interview recently, he discussed Sebelius'  very public support of abortionist George Tiller, making her unfit for the office she has been nominated for -- US Dep't of Health and Human Services.
Ruse continues:

Burke commented on her fitness for office, saying that for Sebelius to be "placed in charge of the federal office with responsibilities for health and human services" is "sad for our nation" and a "source of great embarrassment."

Burke spoke of the pastoral counseling regarding Church teaching about abortion by Archbishop Naumann, which she declined, causing the Archbishop to direct her not to attempt to receive Communion, which Burke said is 

"one of the most solemn duties as a pastor, namely, the care of the Most Blessed Sacrament and of the worthy reception of Communion."

Burke closed the interview by issuing a challenge to his brother bishops, most notably Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.: "Every bishop is held to the same universal discipline which has been in force since the time of St. Paul the Apostle and is stated in canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law." And then this: "Whether Governor Sebelius is in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, or in any other diocese [italics mine], she should not present herself for Holy Communion because, after pastoral admonition, she obstinately persists in serious sin."

The rest of his article is worth reading, and can be found here.

Serious Catholics need to take heed. Serious believers need to take heed.

It is time to awaken the Sleeping Giant, before serious damage is done to our Religious Rights.

God bless!

Fr. Euteneuer's statement on Notre Dame/Obama scandal

I am in agreement with Fr Euteneuer.

God bless!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Stephen Phelan
Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Hello, all.
Here is Fr. Euteneuer's statement on Notre Dame/Obama scandal:

"It appears that President Obama will soon receive a great honor from an institution that used to represent the best in Catholic scholarship and culture. The nation's president who has done more damage in 60 days to the cause of life than President Clinton did in 8 years, the president who threatens to remove even the freedom of conscience from medical
practitioners who have moral objections to collaborating in the destruction of human life... the list of his crimes against the laws of God and nature is, only two months into his term, already too long to include here.

"This is yet one more insult to Notre Dame alumni like myself, to all Catholic faithful, and to anyone who respects human life; all from the leaders of the university which used to be dedicated to upholding the Truths of both Faith and Reason. I'd like to join the chorus asking for Obama to be disinvited, but we know from experience and from familiar-sounding recent statements by Father Jenkins that Notre Dame's leadership is deaf to any voices of dissent, unless those voices are dissenting from the Church.

"Still, it is heartening to see the groundswell of opposition to Notre Dame's latest mockery of its charter. Alumni everywhere are reminding us of the courage and clear thinking that our alma mater once stood for.

"Our Lady would hardly be impressed by the 'prestige' this event will bring to the school named in her honor. Nor should we."

Stephen Phelan
Communications Manager
Human Life International

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Unrelated Links -Trackbacks?

I have noticed for awhile, since finding this on MY blog, that suddenly there seems to be MANY 'Links to this post' that are absolutely UNRELATED to the topic at hand. It made me feel miffed when it happened HERE, but worse, there is no way to follow through to find them, and delete them from your website, because they can be on OLD posts, drawing readers to NEW posts that have NO relation to the topic.

That is, to me, outrageous.

Are 'Stats' becoming so important to people that individuals are doing this somehow? Or is this a 'bot' that makes these 'false' links ??

I don't like it. I am strongly tempted to remove the link back to this post in protest.

I also find that (though I don't read a lot of secular blogs) it seems to be from many Catholic blogs.

Maybe this seems like a petty rant/gripe. Perhaps it is, but it has bugged me ever since I noticed it.

They also seem (from the ones that I have witnessed HERE) to 'appear' shortly after new posts are made at times. A new post goes up, I get a comment, I respond to the comment, and there are five or six 'back links'... NONE related to my topic (and yes, I do check them out, mainly to say thanks for the link -- only to find that it is NOT even REMOTELY related to my post. Trackbacks are not reliable anymore.

I'd appreciate knowing how this is happening if anyone can tell me.

Because to me, it is almost beginning to look unethical.

God bless!


Notre Dame Student Groups Denounce University's Choice for Commencement Speech

Download Entire Press Release (statement attached) (PDF, 53K)

Download Statement Only (PDF, 34K)


Statement follows

NOTRE DAME, IN, 25 March 2009 — A number of student groups at the University of Notre Dame issued a statement today repudiating the University's selection of President Barack Obama to deliver its 2009 Commencement Address. The statement criticizes the president's position on abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and other life issues, and chastises University administration for apparently looking over what they termed "fundamental moral principles."

The statement responds to Friday afternoon's announcement of Obama as the speaker for the University's 164th Commencement. Citing Catholic teaching on abortion, as well as the US Bishops' 2004 document "Catholics in Political Life," which deals with issues surrounding a Catholic response to politicians who advocate abortion, the student statement expresses "deepest opposition" to the decision. "This is not a partisan issue; rather, it's an issue of respect for human life, and our Catholic character. We want to emphasize that we are not attacking the office of the President, but taking issue with his moral stances. I think the statement makes it clear that the student body of Notre Dame is not unequivocally in favor of this decision," said senior Emily Toates of Notre Dame Right to Life.

An Ad Hoc committee sponsored by a coalition of University-sponsored student groups has been organized to lead student response. These groups include Notre Dame Right to Life, College Republicans, Jus Vitae (Notre Dame Law School Right to Life), the Irish Rover independent student newspaper, Notre Dame College Republicans, The University of Notre Dame Anscombe Society, The Identity Project of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Knights of the Immaculata, Notre Dame Children of Mary, the Orestes Brownson Council, Notre Dame Law St. Thomas More Society, and the Federalist Society of the Notre Dame Law School.


In defense of the unborn, we wish to express our deepest opposition to Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.'s invitation of President Barack Obama to be the University of Notre Dame's principal commencement speaker and the recipient of an honorary degree. Our objection is not a matter of political partisanship, but of President Obama's hostility to the Catholic Church's teachings on the sanctity of human life at its earliest stages. His recent dedication of federal funds to overseas abortions and to embryonic stem cell research will directly result in the deaths of thousands of innocent human beings. We cannot sit by idly while the University honors someone who believes that an entire class of human beings is undeserving of the most basic of all legal rights, the right to live.

The University's decision runs counter to the policy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops against honoring pro-choice politicians. In their June 2004 statement Catholics in Political Life, the bishops said, "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors, or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." Fr. Jenkins defends his invitation by saying that it does not honor or suggest support for the President's views on abortion, but rather support for his leadership. But our "fundamental moral principles" must be respected at all times. And the principle that requires us to refrain from the direct killing of the innocent has a special status even among the most fundamental principles. President Obama's actions have consistently shown contempt for this principle, and he has sought political gain by making light of its clear political implications. Leadership that puts the lives of the most innocent at risk is leadership we must disdain. In the face of President Obama's actions, Father Jenkins' words ring hollow.

It is a great irony that the University has chosen to award President Obama an honorary law degree. As the oldest Catholic law school in the country, the Notre Dame Law School states that its mission is "to facilitate greater understanding of and commitment to the relationship between law and social justice." The social justice issue of our day is the deliberate, legal attack on the most vulnerable members of society, the unborn. To award a Notre Dame law degree to a lawyer and politician who has used the law to deny equality to the unborn diminishes the value of the degree itself.

Additionally, Fr. Jenkins has placed some of his students in a moral dilemma as to whether they should attend their own graduation. Many pro-life seniors, along with their families, are conflicted about whether to participate in the commencement ceremony. The lack of concern for these devoted sons and daughters of Notre Dame, who love this University and the Catholic principles on which it was built, is shameful.

In response to the University's decision, we pledge ourselves to acts of witness that will be characterized by respect, prayerfulness, outspoken fidelity to the Church, and true concern for the good of our University. It is appropriate that only members of the Notre Dame community lead all such protests, and we ask outside groups to respect our responsibilities in this regard. Over the next several weeks, in response to this scandal, our organizations will host various academic and religious events to engage the University community. We request any groups who are committed to respectful actions to support our efforts, thereby ensuring a unified front and a more compelling public witness.

In Notre Dame,

Notre Dame Right to Life
The Irish Rover Student Newspaper
Notre Dame College Republicans
The University of Notre Dame Anscombe Society
Notre Dame Identity Project
Militia of the Immaculata
Children of Mary
Orestes Brownson Council
Notre Dame Law School Right to Life
Notre Dame Law St Thomas More Society
The Federalist Society at Notre Dame Law School

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Short editorial at Canon Law Blog: Whither Notre Dame

At the end of his editorial, he also has links to his related, earlier comments on the subject.

God bless!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Edward Peters
Date: 2009/3/24

A video for you: Fighting Irish

I think Fr Jonathan Morris did an excellent job trying to keep Phil Donahue on topic.

I also had no idea until now that Phil Donahue has never sought a Declaration of Nullity after his divorce, and subsequent attempt at marriage to Marlo Thomas.

Praying for them.

God bless!

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Flash: Bishop D'Arcy will boycott Notre Dame commencement

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Flash: Bishop D'Arcy will boycott Notre Dame commencement

He has commented on Bishop D'Arcy's statement (bracketed after each paragraph), and I am in agreement. He also has two points at the end that bear repeating:

important clarifications: Bp. D'Arcy did not say he will boycott the Graduation Mass (which is held the Saturday evening beforehand) - just the Sunday commencement exercises. His attending Mass could prove interesting in its own right, if notable Catholic supporters of Obama such as Doug Kmiec decide to participate.
open questions remain: will Notre Dame be able to find a high-ranking prelate to receive an honorary degree with Obama, as they have always done in the past? How will other invited Bishops respond when it comes to the question of attending the commencement? And finally, how will Mary Ann Glendon choose to make use of her acceptance speech for the Laetare Medal, should she accept?

The full statement of Bishop D'Arcy

Thank you, Bishop D'Arcy!

God bless!

The full statement of Bishop D'Arcy 

Concerning President Barack Obama speaking at Notre Dame
graduation, receiving honorary law degree

March 24, 2009

On Friday, March 21, Father John Jenkins, CSC, phoned to inform me that President Obama had accepted his invitation to speak to the graduating class at Notre Dame and receive an honorary degree. We spoke shortly before the announcement was made public at the White House press briefing. It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation.

President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred. While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life.

This will be the 25th Notre Dame graduation during my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation. I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Presidency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith "in season and out of season," and he teaches not only by his words — but by his actions.

My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.

I have in mind also the statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004. "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.

I have spoken with Professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teachers, but in different ways. I have encouraged her to accept this award and take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach.

Even as I continue to ponder in prayer these events, which many have found shocking, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth.

Tomorrow, we celebrate as Catholics the moment when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, became a child in the womb of his most holy mother. Let us ask Our Lady to intercede for the university named in her honor, that it may recommit itself to the primacy of truth over prestige.

Montana plane crash

Abortion chain owner's family died in MT cemetery plane crash - near Tomb of the Unborn

Lord, have Mercy!

Christ, have Mercy!

Lord, have Mercy!

Look what I found at SBA list

WI Catholic Musings readers,

I thought you might want to see this:

Very good article here. I hope that our GOP leaders read it...

Combining two posts with same subject. (Now I know that I don't send directly from this website)....

I also thought you might want to see this:

This page has many different stories, but I draw your attention to the first few, ESPECIALLY the very first one, about Jacob Appel, professor of NY University.

T4 thinking -- read his article that is hyperlinked, also.

God help us!

- WI Catholic

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Waiting for two things to happen this morning

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Waiting for two things to happen this morning: "Waiting for two things to happen this morning
The new Archbishop of St. Louis might be announced, and Bishop D'Arcy is expected to publish a statement."

I can hardly wait for either one of these two to happen!

Sr Rosalind Moss and many others have been praying about the Archbishop appointment ever since Archbishop Burke was called to Rome...and I am hoping that Bishop D'Arcy has a statement that is strongly and authentically Catholic in defense of LIFE when he speaks about Obama's invitation to speak at the Commencement and the honorary law degree that Notre Dame intends to bestow upon him when he is there.

I am HOPING that he supports the many people who have said that this should be cancelled. Obama has blatantly acted against Catholic beliefs in his first 2 months as President, and should not be honored this way at a Catholic University.

God bless!

Jill Stanek -- email and video on Illinois FOCA

Jill was twittering already this morning.

Jill Stanek IL FOCA meets "Mass" resistance. Heavens, the Catholic Church is getting involved?! #life

She has an email from IL Choice Action Team and a video. She writes:

"Note the letter appears disturbed by clergy involvement with the IL FOCA bill, then hypocritically closes with a request for clergy involvement.

Here's a great little YouTube video by Mary Louise Kurey, head of the Chicago Archdiocese Respect Life office, who explains the problems with IL's FOCA".....

Go to her blog to read the email and the rest.


God bless!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Notre Shame via Catholic Cartoon blog

Catholic Cartoon has it right.

Curt Jester has this to say about Notre Dame's Fr Jenkin's "explanation" given in a five page online (see print version here) article by Jenn Metz.

Jeff has some very good thoughts on this, so go read his blog on the subject.

All I hear from Fr Jenkins is justification for knowingly doing something that is inherently not in the best interests of a CATHOLIC higher education institution. Today, we are very good at justifying things that we should not be doing (myself -- no exception -- we are all sinners) , but some dig their heels in deeper when others voice objections, and some recant. It doesn't sound like Fr Jenkins is in the latter category at this time.

AMY, in the combox to Jeff's article, has given contact information, including addresses and phone numbers.

God bless!

Discussion at Catholiccartoonblog website on this cartoon. My response to two:


If this were a true 'dialogue' with someone like Fr Jonathan Morris, Fr Frank Pavone, or Fr Thomas Euteneuer sitting beside him in a forum where both sides were presented, including Catholic teaching, so that each would listen, learn, teach, then your view would be acceptable. But this isn't a forum or dialogue. It is a speech where the audience has no input, and there is noone to refute his very obvious and blatantly anti-life stance.

He is working on taking away my conscience rights as a health care provider. He is sending my tax dollars overseas to provide abortions. He is now also opening experimentation on embryos for their stem cells with my tax dollars-- which if you look at a site that is keeping track of the success of stem cell research has yielded NOTHING vs 73 separate diseases/conditions that have been helped dramatically by Adult or Cord blood stem cell research. And, they have now even gone on beyond that where they have found that they are able to get stem cells in other ways.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research is not needed, and there are at least two former proponents that have changed their minds and say now that it isn't worth attempting.

This man has promised to wipe out in one fell swoop everything that we have gained in the 36 yrs since Roe v Wade Doe v Bolton in one fell swoop by signing FOCA as soon as the legislative body can get it to him.

He stands for everything (including legal aspects) that the Church teaches is NOT good, and
N D is giving him an honorary LAW degree!

The invitation alone had gone against the USCCB’s policy against honoring pro-abortion politicians.

Tamtam, the difference between his speaking at N D and elsewhere is that N D is a Catholic university and the others are not. I have no objection to his being invited anyplace else. I can then voice my objection to his policies if I want to, but would recognize the secular universities' rights to have anyone they choose to have speak on any topic that they choose. The difference is ... a Catholic University needs to uphold Catholic values and Catholic teachings.

There has been comparisons to having David Duke speak to NAACP, but this is more comparable to the example used when Phil Donahue and Fr Jonathan Morris were on Fox news the other day. Martha MacCallum asked about having an antisemitic speaker invited to a primarily Jewish university. As she said, it goes against the central core of that university and its students' beliefs.

These students went to N D because it is a prestigious CATHOLIC university. Those values are what should be honored with degrees and commencement speakers, not those that are blatantly anti-Catholic.

March 26, 2009 7:56 PM

More on Clinton's Gaffe and Dr Gupta's failure to correct

I wrote about Clinton's huge gaffe and Dr Sanjay Gupta's glaring lack of any correction to that gaffe here.  Included there is the CNN video of the interview.

Jimmy Akin has two articles written by SDG on his blog with many links that are very good, as well.  One that I missed, and did not know about is  that there was also an interview on Larry King (and the transcript is on Jimmy Akin's blog). I also only caught TWO places where Clinton speaks of fertilizing an embryo...

The section of printed transcript really makes it much more obvious how huge Clinton's gaffe really is. The man has NO idea of what he speaks!

Lord, have Mercy!

God bless!

"Divorce tears marriage apart. It desolates both husband and wife. It leaves the children not only in tears but also in misery. We do not deny that there can be serious disagreement between husband and wife, but divorce is not the solution. When husband and wife have a disagreement, they should reflect, pray, sit together and discuss. Accept fault where you are wrong, ask for pardon, or consult a priest or other spiritual adviser, but do not divorce."
~~Francis Cardinal Arinze

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Laura Ingraham Interview with Brigitte Gabriel

I've been looking for the interview that Laura Ingraham did on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 on O'Reilly while she sat in for him, and was not able to find it. I could not remember the name of the interviewee, which was a huge drawback. But my son found it, thank you!

Laura's interview was with Brigitte Gabriel. Brigitte Gabriel and Walid Shoebat (and others) are people that need to be heard!

In December of 2005, I blogged on a column that Charles Krauthammer had done (see my blog here, or simply his column here).

Then listen to this interview....

oh, and God bless!