Saturday, June 13, 2009

Patrick Madrid: A Double Tragedy for a Catholic Family in Phoenix

Patrick Madrid: A Double Tragedy for a Catholic Family in Phoenix

I had marked this for reading, but did not do so until now.

Treasurer of the State of Arizona, Dean Martin.
My condolences and my prayers are with this family! May his wife, Kerry, and son, Austin Michael rest in peace.

My prayer for them is from Numbers 6:24-26

God bless!

Fr. Jenkin's idea of "Reasoned Dialogue"

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Poster: Fr. Jenkin's idea of "Reasoned Dialogue"

Friday, June 12, 2009

Listen Up with Lorna Dueck #388 Exploring New Frontiers - Part 3 of 4

HT to The Curt Jester, Jeff Miller via Facebook/Twitter:

Jeff Miller SF author John C. Wright interviewed on his conversion from atheism (YouTube)

And also to his first FB commentor, Brian, who gave this link:
Jeff Miller SF author John C. Wright interviewed on his conversion from atheism (YouTube)

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Boston Archdiocese-affiliate health-care to offer abortion coverage

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Boston Archdiocese-affiliate health-care to offer abortion coverage

Things just keep getting crazier and crazier...

Does the Archbishop know and approve of this, also?

jack menopause commercial

LOL I have a friend that sent this to me. She loves it. "Am I menopausal? You bet I am!" SNIP-GRIT TEETH.... I think this is just hilarious!

I laughed as well, but cannot partake of the smoothie due to severe banana allergy.

So, look out!

God bless!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Saint Louis Catholic : A Year of Grace from the Lord: An Interview with Siste...

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Sister Rosalind Moss is now in a year's Novitiate at Tyringham. Another post from Saint Louis Catholic about her is earlier, and found here:

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From Fr Frank Pavone -- Hear Tiller’s Voice and Fr. Frank Pavone’s Response

Forgive me, Fr Frank Pavone, but I cannot describe this post of yours, and feel a need to put it here in full...

God bless!

Hear Tiller's Voice and Fr. Frank Pavone's Response

Brothers and Sisters,

[I invite you to read the following statement I released yesterday, and also to listen to some chilling audio from George Tiller and to watch and comment on a new You Tube video at the links below. – Fr. Frank Pavone]

The pro-life leadership has gone out of its way - and rightly so - to condemn the violence that took the life of abortionist George Tiller on Sunday. I join with those voices, as I always have done, that declare that the end never justifies the means, and that violence has no place in the effort to end abortion.

I have been asked what I think the biggest negative effect of this killing will be on our pro-life movement. Does it tar the movement's reputation? Yes, it does, despite the fact that those who kill abortionists are always disconnected from pro-life organizations. Does it make the government reach too far in clamping down on First Amendment activity against abortion? Yes, it does and it will.

But those are not the biggest dangers.

The biggest danger is the enemy within. It is the fear and self-doubt to which we can all too easily fall victim. It is the voice inside that makes us feel guilty for saying "Abortion is murder" or "Abortion is a holocaust" or "The babies who are being killed need to be defended now." It is the fear inside that keeps us from going out to the abortion mills and intervening to save the children scheduled to be killed there each day.

The biggest danger is that some will listen to those in the pro-abortion movement who try to lay blame for violence on us and who, as one person wrote on my blog, think that saying "Abortion is murder" should be prosecuted because it leads to violence against abortionists.

The Church teaches us that we have to look evil in the eye. John Paul II, in "The Gospel of Life", said that we have to call evil by its proper name. This is no time to shrink back from the reality of what is going on every day in abortion. Children are being killed, and the reason it continues is that too many of our fellow citizens are blind to it.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail, responded to criticisms that the civil rights activists were fomenting violence. No, he said. That's like saying the person who owns money is fomenting the activity of the robber. To expose the violence that is already occurring, to call it what it is, and to sound the alarm that it has to stop, is not to foment violence.

The pro-life movement is a movement of non-violence. As Ghandi and Dr. King taught, and as we teach, non-violence is not passivity, and it is not obscurity. It is a force. It is a clear and strong response against violence, in whatever form that violence takes.

Let the outcry against Tiller's murder be loud and clear. And let the outcry against the murders he committed - and that other abortionists commit — be loud and clear as well.

Click below to hear Dr. Tiller's words to prospective abortion clients. Notice, he makes no attempt to deny that this is a baby, and offers the parents the opportunity to view their dead baby and say goodbye with religious and other rituals. (06:43)
If you have trouble opening the link above, go to

Please watch and comment on Fr. Frank's You Tube video:

Additional note: Luhra Tivis Warren, who once worked at the Tiller abortion business, gave her testimony at a public conference of former abortion providers sponsored by the Pro-Life action League in Chicago on April 3, 1993. She described the crematorium on the premises which George Tiller used to burn the bodies of his victims, which included babies even in the third trimester of pregnancy. She states, "I could smell the babies burning."

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries

Oh, how I Agree--I Feel Like Richard Gere

Heidi Hess Saxton shared this link on Facebook, and all I can say is... I AGREE!!

I guess I also feel like Richard Gere!

I Feel Like Richard Gere

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Fwd: Living a private life in the public eye

I don't watch this program, so I really cannot comment on it. I have heard gossip and rumor about it, and of course, there is a lot in the tabloids that I don't read. But I was pointed to this article by Suzi, a friend from TX, and it is good...

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Living a private life in the public eye

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"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

Beginning to Pray : The Mercies of God

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HT to Rene of Ireland, once again.

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Obama is WHAT3

Sometimes I wonder if people think before they speak. Other times... I wonder if more of us should LISTEN and HEAR what is being said...

Unsure who alerted me to this one, but it can be found on Real Clear Politics.


CHRIS MATTHEWS (HOST):Evan Thomas is editor at large for Newsweek magazine. Evan, you remember 1984. It wasn't 100 years ago. Reagan and World War II and the sense of us as the good guys in the world, how are we doing?

EVAN THOMAS: Well, we were the good guys in 1984, it felt that way. It hasn't felt that way in recent years. So Obama's had, really, a different task We're seen too often as the bad guys. And he, he has a very different job from ... Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is - we are above that now. We're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial. We stand for something, I mean in a way Obama's standing above the country, above above the world, he's sort of God.

HUMAN EVENTS Article: Exclusive Interview with Future Prediction Expert Gerald Celente

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HT to Rene of Ireland, again. She said, \"I hope this man is wrong!\". I have to agree with her!

Exclusive Interview with Future Prediction Expert Gerald Celente
by Terry Easton

It’s the end of the world as the Greater Depression hits after 2010’s failed “W-recovery”

Human Events had the opportunity to interview forecaster extraordinaire Gerald Celente, President of Trends Research Institute, several days ago -- and the future he predicts looks bleak indeed.  In fact, as Mr. Celente sees it, the Great Depression will seem like a mild recession as what waits for us in 2011 hits with the force of a Katrina financial hurricane.

In case you’re wondering who Mr. Celente is (if this is still possible), he’s appeared -- along with his predictions -- on Oprah, CNBC, Reuters, NBC, PBS, BBC, the Glenn Beck Show -- the list goes on an on.  His Trends Report has been successfully predicting the major future trends impacting our lives for 3 decades, including calling the dot com crash back in the 1990's.

Mr. Celente's forecast on our impending future is based on his study of history.  He says we are bent on destroying our currency, bankrupting our government, and unleashing a violent citizen-against-citizen eruption as the economy collapses into chaos and martial law fascism. 

Quite a claim.  And God help us if he is right -- again.

“We’re sounding the alarm about the ongoing downward economic cycle”, Gerald told Human Events.  “In 2002, we predicted that the collapse of the American empire would fall like the World Trade Center in a thunderous crash -- in slow motion before our eyes.  And now it’s happening.”

Mr. Celente follows over 300 trends:  family, crime, war, education, consumer & business patterns which TRI synthesizes to predict the future.

“The US is becoming a shadow of what it used to be.  Take education for example.  The OECD group of developed countries ranks quality of life, education, health care of its member nations.  The US is now falling down the table as one piece of data after another shows America is in decline.  We’re no longer Win, Place or Show in quality of life, education, longevity… all the essentials where we used to be #1.  And our economic underpinnings are failing.”

Mr. Celente puts part of the blame squarely on the federal government, and especially FED Chairman Bernanke and Treasury Secretary  Geithner, and warns us not to believe a word they say  “They’re the same people who didn't see it coming - are now telling us the worst is over, that ‘green shoots are spouting upwards’.   But they were wrong before.  They’re wrong on this too”.

“When you pump out tons of money manure into this system based on nothing – printing press paper, it’s like giving a patient with a chronic disease a pain killer -- it won’t cure the patient.”

“But let’s go beyond the economics.  Our whole Constitution has been abrogated.  The president simply writes an Executive Order to do whatever he wants.  Nationalize the banks, take over the insurance industry, automobile industry, health care industry…
None of it is constitutional.”

When did the problem begin?

“After Dwight Eisenhower -- our last great president -- the Allied Supreme Commander in WWII – who warned us of the dangers of the military-industrial complex.  We've become completely corrupted.”

“We became enmeshed in foreign entanglements.  We forgot the lesson of England - and how their global imperial overreach destroyed their empire.”  

Of course, the average American doesn’t think that we’re an empire.  We’re not like the classical empires of old -  raping, pillaging and stealing the wealth of invaded peoples.  What does Mr. Celente have to say about this?

“What we’re doing is squandering our wealth, our resources,  the genius of our scientists and the future of our children.  We’re over-consuming in every way -- but under consuming our education and focusing on the quantity, not the quality, of what we’ve built.  So much of today’s culture is counter-productive to what American built it’s foundation on -- a high-quality producing nation building things, not pushing paper.  

"And we’ve become not only a consumer society but a low-quality consumer, as well as the most obese society in the world, eating low-quality high-carb, high-fat processed foods.”

“We’re now focused on the lowest cost, the lowest common denominator.  Not the best and highest quality.  We advertise buying cheapest as the most important thing.”

Mr. Celente argues that we’ve socially destroyed our productivity and have abandoned it  to other countries.

“And we have fallen into a moral vacuum.  Look at how people used to dress.  Smartly.  Not like the cheap hoods of today.  Fashion now copies the lowest common denominator.  Our children wear clothes without belts, and shoes without shoelaces, to copy the styles of the violent criminals -- who have these items removed by the police in prison so they can’t be used as weapons.  That’s become the fashion statement of today’s youth.  Like rap music from the ghetto.  We’ve become an underdeveloped nation.”

Mr. Celente observes that "people used to think of America as that shining beacon on the hill with 'liberty and justice for all…' ."  So what happened?

"Morality is missing from our American public consciousness.    Start with Wall Street.  It’s run by a criminal gang.  The only question is ‘how much can you make, how much can you steal?’  At the bottom, the welfare recipient says  ‘how much can I take?’  And the government is in on the take."

“Morality is absolutely the issue.  We had a government where we were taught all our lives that we are a free enterprise system -- so we depend on our own strength, our entrepreneurial ideas. The world used to look to us for our innovative spirit.”

“This is being destroyed before our eyes.  And our government has become more interventionist than any of the old empires could  imagine.”

"Our society is now based on consumption -- 70% of the GDP.  This is more than we produce.  So to pay our bills, we use funny money invented in 1913 with the creation of the Federal Reserve and the fiat dollar based on credit (debt) -- the fractional reserve system.  In 1930's you bought what you could afford.  You saved up to buy your home.  The easy credit of the 90's has destroyed the country.  Now you borrow what you can’t afford -  and the nation’s done the same."

Mr. Celente predicts the use of printing press money will cause the "greater depression".

"I predict continuing deflation of real estate, followed by extreme currency inflation -- ultimately becoming worthless.  This is why gold is the only honest money -- the government can't counterfeit it.  Look for it to top at least $2000 an ounce"

"Our  unemployment numbers are also bogus.  For example, the construction industry is really above 20% , and the government is creating low-level jobs, not real jobs.  The US total real unemployment is more like 16%.  Before the crisis is over, it will reach 25% - great depression numbers."

"When people have lost everything they have nothing to lose.  Violence and crime will explode.  Look at the OECD figures.  The number of people not graduating from high school is exploding -- they're wacked out on drugs.  New York City will look like Mexico City in a few years.  The collapse of morality from top down -- and especially in the government -- makes it inevitable."

"What can we expect in the coming future", we asked.

"Washington has declared 'Economic Martial Law'.  Wall Street is putting Main Street out of business.  The key to watch is Christmas sales.  They’ll fail.  Christmas will be when reality sets in."

"Another trend we wrote about over 2 years ago was the tax revolt.  What’s happened?  Tax revenues have collapsed by 33%.   And the wealthy people are leaving."

"We predict state secessionist movements will rival the breakup of the Soviet Union."

"The only way we can ever recover is to return to individual community, personal responsibility, local government.   Next, average will disappear,  Quality will return.  Look at GM.  Junk cars financed by junk bonds.  Now owned by a junk government.  As a consumer, don’t consume quantity -- consume quality."

"How will it all end?",  we queried.  Will the dollar survive?

"The dot com bubble should have burst and gone away in a short sharp recession.  But the boys at the Fed re-inflated the economy by lowering interest rates to a 46 year low -- and in turn created the real estate bubble -- much bigger than the dot com bubble. "

"Now they’re creating the bailout bubble -- which will ultimately dwarf the real estate bubble.  It will cause the implosion of the global economy world wide -- which will not be able to be repaired by creating yet another bubble.  Every time the government fails, it tells a bigger lie and then a still bigger lie."

"These previous bubbles were not allowed to pop -- but they didn’t destroy the infrastructure of the country.  This bailout bubble will."

"But this bubble will be the last one.  After the final blowout of the bailout bubble, we are concerned that the government will take the nation into war.   This is a historical precedent that’s been done over and over again."

"So, it’s not that the dollar that will survive.  We may not even survive.  Look at the German mess after WWI.  It gave rise to Fascism and WWII.  The next war will be fought with weapons of mass destruction."

American 'Liberal Fascism' ?   Is it possible?   Jonah Goldberg's bestseller raised the alarm two years ago.

Read more articles like this at HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE!

As a bishop I cannot be silent--The auxiliary bishop of Karaganda, Kazakhstan

HT to Rene of Ireland.

This is really good. The silent parts in between are words on the screen, for those who simply want to listen, not watch. You miss the questions if you choose to do this.


God bless!