Saturday, May 09, 2009

Archbishop Chaput warns of religious freedom loss

Receiving Canterbury Medal, Archbishop Chaput warns of religious freedom loss

Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

New York City, N.Y., May 7, 2009 / 07:30 pm (CNA).- Upon receiving a medal from a group dedicated to religious freedom, Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said that God the Creator is the foundation to beliefs about the sanctity and "infinite value" of human life. He also warned that American religious liberty will be lost if it is not defended and if an increasing disdain for faith and religious believers is underestimated.

The archbishop delivered his remarks on Thursday in New York City after being awarded the Becket Fund's Canterbury Medal, which is given to persons who "most resolutely refused to render to Caesar that which is God's."

See the rest of the article here.

God bless!

BBC: Pope speaks out on Jordan visit

Pope Benedict XVI has warned against the misuse of religion for political ends, in a speech to Muslim leaders on the second day of his visit to Jordan.

Speaking in the King Hussein Mosque in Amman, he argued that religion was a force for good, but its "manipulation" caused divisions and even violence.

The pontiff is touring a number of religiously significant sites in Jordan, and will also visit Israel and the West Bank during his eight-day trip.


Thoenebooks Blog Update: Bodie on Twitter

Bodie on Twitter

Posted by: Bodie & Brock Thoene5/9/2009

Dear Thoene Friend,

    We have heard that it is difficulty for many on our list to receive announcements when we post new blogs.   I now have a Twitter account which you can sign on to for short updates.  I'll be posting news of what we are up to personally,  as well as notifying you when a new blog is up on the site.   Go to and type in Bodie Thoene to sign on for the updates.

   Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Jesus is alive and He is coming soon!


Canon Law Blog Special: Lay ministers offering blessings in lieu of Communion at Mass

Lay ministers of holy Communion should stop offering "blessings-in-lieu-of-Communion" at Mass
Concerns about swine flu have prompted many parishes to discontinue the routine administration of the Precious Blood. Okay, fine.* But there's another Communion rite practice that should also cease if only out of concerns for public health. This time, however, it's a practice that (unlike distribution from the Cup) is an abuse per se, namely, that of lay ministers of holy Communion purporting to confer "blessings-in-lieu-of-Communion" on every Tom, Pat, and Harriet who comes up in line.
Read about it here
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Archbishop Raymond Burke Address to National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

HT Whispers in the Loggia:
Here below in full is the keynote from this morning's National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, given by the church's "chief justice," Archbishop Raymond Burke.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Imagine Spot 2

As the Mom of 2 children by adoption, GOD BLESS KAREN AND LIZ!

Saturday is, I believe, a day for all to recall those who 'chose' LIFE for their children, even when that decision was very difficult to make.

Thank you, also, for allowing me to raise my daughters through adoption.

God bless!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Canon law blog -- A response to Abp. Wuerl's claims that canon law supports his inaction in regard to Nancy Pelosi

I am not a Canon Lawyer, but I am in agreement with Edward Peters on this issue!

God bless!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Edward Peters
Date: Thu, May 7, 2009 at 9:36 PM

A response to Abp. Wuerl's claims that canon law supports his inaction in regard to Nancy Pelosi
Abp. Donald Wuerl of Washington DC continues to defend his refusal to withhold holy Communion from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in a number of ways, but his recent claims that canon law supports his inaction attract my attention. I think the prelate's canonical claims are wrong.
Read about it here:
LightoftheLaw URL:

Only the River Runs Free -- Thoene book for the Galway Chronicles -- to be movie

This has been sitting in my 'drafts' folder for a couple of months! I found it again tonight. I'd forgotten all about it until I was searching for something else.

From the Thoene blog:

  • 2/16/2009 - Bodie Thoene
  • 2/15/2009 - Bodie Thoene
  • 2/14/2009 - Bodie Thoene
  • 2/11/2009 - Bodie Thoene

    In Part 2, Bodie mentions that one of the novels is in the process of being made into a movie (starting with the Galway Chronicles novel, "Only The River Runs Free." Personally, I cannot wait! She ends:

    There are other Thoene novels, including Jake's incredible novels, about which we can't yet give details, but huge things are rapidly unfolding in film. Because of movies like Fireproof, film-makers are seeing how much America longs for movies with a strong message of hope and transformational faith. "For such a time as this." Please keep our family and our work in your prayers. We are making choices and big decisions now.

    Yes, pray for them, and for all who work on bringing to film some of the best books I have read. AND THE FACT THAT THEY BEGIN WITH THE IRISH!!! YES!! lol

    God bless!

    Video Message from Fr. Corapi RE: Notre Dame from Cardinal Newman Society

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: The Cardinal Newman Society
    Date: Thu, May 7, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Notre Dame ora pro nobis!
    May 7, 2009

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    As May 17 approches, it is now almost certain that the University of Notre Dame will violate the Bishops' clear prohibition against honoring pro-abortion leaders at Catholic institutions - ignoring the pleas of nearly 70 Catholic bishops and more than 350,000 of you!

    So what are we to do?  Right now, as Bishop Wenski, of Orlando said in his Mass of reparation, "I am not going to send upset Catholics to storm Notre Dame with pitchforks, I am going to tell them to pray." In that same spirit let us pray for the graduating seniors, Notre Dame and the renewal of faithful Catholic higher education in our country.

    If you are near South Bend, graduates of Notre Dame who oppose the commencement honor have invited others to join them in adoration, Mass and prayer at Notre Dame's Campus.  For details please visit their website:

    With gratitude for your witness of the Catholic faith, Fr. John Corapi has taped the following message about what the scandal at Notre Dame means for our faith and the importance of not giving up the fight.

    CLICK HERE for the Video Message from Fr. John Corapi

    Please forward this to your friends and remember to pray for Notre Dame.  For ongoing updates or if you are unable to view the video in this message please go to

    In Christ,

    Patrick J. Reilly


    The Cardinal Newman Society


    PS: Please help us in our 16 year fight to renew Catholic higher education by making a donation and becoming a member here.

    Tuesday, May 05, 2009

    Leading Supreme Court Candidate: Courts Make Policy

    This speaks for itself!

    Courtesy of Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, considered a leading contender to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court, speaks on a panel at Duke Univ. Law School in 2005. She is responding to a question on the pros and cons of different types of judicial clerkships.



    She should not have said it because it is WRONG!

    ... unless, of course, one is an activist judge who does not follow our Constitution.

    God help us!


    I work a different shift than most of the world, so I am often sleeping while others are busy about their lives, and I am often awake when others are sleeping.

    I have sometimes found myself with not enough time to learn all that I'd like to, or to read all that I'd like to read. I have found the internet to be very educational, and as a result, have loved its freedom. I love to learn, but I am careful about the topics.

    In surfing the internet and joining discussion groups and forums, I have also met people I'd never have met any other way. I mean I have MET them, as in going to a meeting place and actually meeting a group of people I had been having conversations with for a couple of years. First time was near Notre Dame, where I met a few of the Catholic Stronghold group. From there, I traveled to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, working with a man I'd met online while staying with one of my friends, and taking care of first one, then a second girls' orphanage with needed dental care.

    The last time was in DC, where I stayed with my sister's family, and went to the NRLC, and met another long-time online group of friends, including Jane Brennan.

    I have 'spoken to' via emails some very famous people, and found them to be gracious, usually, and have even been told by some that THEY read MY BLOG! I have never been so honored as I was when my all time favorite author told this to me.

    Yet, there are times when being up when the rest of the world is sleeping can be very ... sad. It can give one too much time to think. It can be very comfortable, as in 'alone'...or it can be very uncomfortable, as in 'lonely'. It is the 'lonely' that is heavy.

    These are two VERY different things. One can be with a crowd, but be lonely.

    These past weeks have been some of the most difficult I have had in a very long time, as I am not only contemplating (today's word is 'pondering' which drives me nuts) a huge life change, but actually in the process of making that change.... The decision was made awhile ago, so it is not an attempt to make any decision that causes me to feel sad and lonely.

    It is powerlessness, and a release of dreams that I have had for a VERY long time. It is also, to a large extent the very fact that I AM alone at this stage of my life that adds to this, in many ways.

    It does not make things less difficult knowing that, in fact, there are many good and beneficial reasons for having made this most recent decision.

    One of those is that I am the logical choice to take the step that I am taking this month for life choices I have made in both personal and professional areas. A second is that two people who live alone will no longer be alone (remember-- 'alone' does NOT equal 'lonely').

    But in the being alone sometimes comes the added discovery that YOU are an unwelcome burden to others in ways that you never dreamt possible.

    And with that discovery...comes hurt. And into that hurt enters sadness and loneliness.

    I am not one to let others know how I feel, and I am not one to cry very often. Part of that is that people often mistake real tears for 'self-pity', and try to 'correct' a person out of that 'trap'. Those who don't do that are often among those who remind you that YOU chose this life style, and YOU will just have to live with the 'consequences' of those decisions, even though 'they didn't work out for you the way you had hoped that they would'. Others just simply... well, you get the point, I hope.

    Ah, but once in awhile, one just happens to be in the vicinity of someone who not only understands, but listens, and tells you that you have a need to cry, or a need to feel sad, for what you are feeling is REAL, and for very REAL reasons. A very real grief, perhaps.

    I have tried to reach out this past week or so quite a few times. I have not as yet found consolation or understanding (at least it feels that way). I have, instead, found that I am a burden, and that things that are important to me are part of that burden. And I have found that it is very easy

    • to ignore another who is a burden,
    • to chide another who is a burden,
    • to lay guilt on one who is a burden for things deemed to be unimportant by the burdened, even though precious to the one who is the burden.
    I am relating to my mother tonight in some ways that I never did before. That feeling of loneliness, and being a burden to others is one that she has felt for a long time.

    I have had other such times in my life, also. As a young wife, being deserted with three small children to raise alone, all of the responsibility, many joys, many worries, and little help other than a few 'miracle' type happenings when really needed (thank you, Lord!) Anyone who has been forced into divorce can easily relate to those times and feelings. That time in my life was perhaps the longest, hardest of all, but close to it, though for less time was being diagnosed with Colon Cancer nearly two years ago.

    This time feels closer to the first than the second.

    Please keep me in prayer for the next few weeks, and especially this one.

    I know I am not alone, for He is always with me.

    But even HE felt forsaken as He was on His Cross, and cried out!

    God bless!

    American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Map & Statistics: 1 in 3 Dioceses are critical of the Notre Dame invite

    American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Map & Statistics: 1 in 3 Dioceses are critical of the Notre Dame invite

    Monday, May 04, 2009

    ND Response - Official Video


    The students of ND have issued a statement via video:

    Information from the video site on youtube:

    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 Dames principal commencement speaker and the recipient of an honorary degree. Our objection is not a matter of political partisanship, but of President Obamas hostility to the Catholic Churchs teachings on the sanctity of human life at its earliest stages. Further, the Universitys decision runs counter to the policy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops against honoring pro-choice politicians. 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.

    for more info:

    Make Mine Freedom -- A 50 yr old Cartoon

    Sunday, May 03, 2009

    Saint Louis Catholic: This Passes for Reporting Today

    Saint Louis Catholic: This Passes for Reporting Today

    This is the saddest example of reporting I have seen ... recently.

    HT to Curt Jester.