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Oct 12th 2012 new
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Women Speak for Themselves:

"OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, SECRETARY SEBELIUS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

DON'T CLAIM TO SPEAK FOR ALL WOMEN

We are women who support the competing voice offered by Catholic institutions on matters of sex, marriage and family life. Most of us are Catholic, but some are not. We are Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Many, at some point in our careers, have worked for a Catholic institution. We are proud to have been part of the religious mission of that school, or hospital, or social service organization. We are proud to have been associated not only with the work Catholic institutions perform in the community particularly for the most vulnerable -- but also with the shared sense of purpose found among colleagues who chose their job because, in a religious institution, a job is always also a vocation.

Those currently invoking "women's health" in an attempt to shout down anyone who disagrees with forcing religious institutions or individuals to violate deeply held beliefs are more than a little mistaken, and more than a little dishonest. Even setting aside their simplistic equation of "costless" birth control with "equality," note that they have never responded to the large body of scholarly research indicating that many forms of contraception have serious side effects, or that some forms act at some times to destroy embryos, or that government contraceptive programs inevitably change the sex, dating and marriage markets in ways that lead to more empty sex, more non-marital births and more abortions. It is women who suffer disproportionately when these things happen.

No one speaks for all women on these issues. Those who purport to do so are simply attempting to deflect attention from the serious religious liberty issues currently at stake. Each of us, Catholic or not, is proud to stand with the Catholic Church and its rich, life-affirming teachings on sex, marriage and family life. We call on President Obama and our Representatives in Congress to allow religious institutions and individuals to continue to witness to their faiths in all their fullness."

Helen M. Alvar JD

Associate Professor of Law

George Mason University (VA)*

Kim Daniels JD

Former Counsel

Thomas More Law Center (MD)

womenspeakforthemselves.com
Oct 14th 2012 new

This was in today's bulletin, October 14th:


Election 2012


This is the third of four bulletin inserts to offer guidance and reflection points from Illinois' Catholic Bishops in preparation for the elections of November 6, 2012. The first insert was an introduction to this effort. The second insert discussed the expectations of a well-formed conscience. (Go to http://www.ilcatholic.org for a copy of the first and second insert.)


"Christ...fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear."

-Gaudium et Spes, 22


As followers of Jesus Christ, we understand the human person in light of the mystery of the Incarnation. HUMAN DIGNITY flows both from our origin (being created in the image and likeness of God) and from our ultimate destiny, which is communion with God. Legitimate concern for the material well-being of all must never eclipse our concern for their spiritual and moral well-being. [Matthew 10:28]


The preciousness of every human being demands our concern for well-being of all, beginning with those closest to us for whom we bear the greatest responsibility, and with a special concern for the weakest and most vulnerable among us and for future generations.


The moral imperative to respond to the fundamental needs of our neighbors--needs such as food, shelter, basic health care, education, and meaningful work--is universally binding on our conscience, but may be legitimately fulfilled by a variety of means. These responsibilities cannot be simply delegated to the State. 1


As the Catechism reminds us, "It is not the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political structuring and organization of social life. This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful, acting on their own initiative with their fellow citizens." 2 Relying on well-formed consciences, Catholic citizens must use prudence in responding to these needs and serving the COMMON GOOD.


While there may be legitimate ways to address the needs of our neighbors, there are some actions which are always and everywhere immoral. As Catholics, we must recognize that not all issues carry the same moral weight. The continuing slaughter of innocent children through legal abortion--to take the most appalling example of such "intrinsic evil"--is a grave offense against God and our own human dignity, and cries out for justice. Accordingly, "the moral obligation to oppose intrinsically evil acts has a special claim on our consciences and our actions." 3


Those who knowingly, willingly and directly support public policies or legislation that protect and perpetuate such injustice cooperate with that grave evil. Candidates who promise to support the common good, while at the same time glossing over their support for intrinsic evils such as abortion, perpetrate a lie. Catholic candidates who do so are also a cause of scandal among the faithful.


Finally, two other issues of particular importance in this election year demand our attention. The first is marriage: the permanent, faithful relationship of a man and a woman as husband and wife is the root of a family and the foundation for all of society. The decline of marriage in our culture has already inflicted untold spiritual and material costs upon society and individuals alike. Attempts to redefine marriage is a matter of social justice. The second issue--which is of such pressing important that the final insert, beginning on October 28th, will address it specifically--is religious freedom. Additional information can be found on the Catholic Conference of Illinois website, www.ilcatholic.org<.


1 Caritas in Veritate, 38

2 CCC, 2442

3 Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 37

Oct 14th 2012 new

From My parish

FORMING CONSCIENCES FOR FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP

By Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton

The following article is taken from the Long Island Catholic, October 3, 2012. Msgr. Daniel Hamil-ton is pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lindenhurst and a former editor of the Long Island Catholic. Here are some of the highlights of his column.

"Before you vote in November, please consider this: two radically different choices face voters in the 2012 national elections.

FIRST CHOICE:

endorses a "right" to the killing of innocent pre-born human beings - Abortion. And down the line, this "right" will likely be extended to the killing of persons, usually of advanced age or incurably ill, judged useless or a burden, financial or otherwise, to society and therefore who should be eased out -Euthanasia - and to the assisted killing of adult persons who because of their in-curable illness or serious disability want to die and want a physician to help them die - Assisted Sui-cide. This choice also embraces the already approved medical destruction of human embryos, the man-ufacture of human beings, the forced provision of insurance for contraception, sterilization procedures and potentially abortificient drugs - the HHS mandate affecting most religious health higher educa-tional and social units. The latter calls upon us to Renounce Our Religious Liberty.


SECOND CHOICE:

is to vote for candidates who, in the main, firmly uphold the inviolability and dignity of innocent human life, human dignity in all its stages, from fertilization to natural death, the givenness of marriage and family life in the natural order and the precious gift of religious liberty and respect of conscience.

Issues, like foreign affairs, our involvement with foreign wars and conflicts, nuclear armaments; aid to developing nations, the creation of jobs, affordable housing, health services, educational facilities, im-migration reducing the national debt on all these issues well intentioned and informed citizens can dif-fer as to the best solutions and policies to follow.

These decisions may have to be altered as circumstances change. Natural moral law respects these di-verse judgments of citizens and government officials on the issues just mentioned and does not seek to identify one solution as the only one. He states, It is up to government officials and citizens to identify concrete solutions to such problems.

CONCLUSION:

"Please reflect on this radical difference between the choices in this coming elec-tion; and on the basic moral issues, vote for those candidates whose platform and record are in accord with the natural moral law. Other issues, which also have important moral dimensions, but are more affected by changing data aand by personal judgment on a variety of factors, cannot take priority over basic issues of the natural moral law." (go to http://www.licatholic.org to read Msgr. Hamilton’s complete column.)



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Oct 15th 2012 new

"There is a heavy responsibility on everyone, man or woman, who has the right to vote, especially when the interests of religion are at stake; abstention in this case is in itself, it should be thoroughly understood, a grave and fatal sin of omission. On the contrary, to exercise, and exercise well, one’s right to vote is to work effectively for the true good of the people, as loyal defenders of the cause of God and of the church." -- Pope Pius XII Speaking to the Congress of the International Union of Catholic Women’s Leagues in Rome on Sept. 11, 1947

Oct 15th 2012 new

"Any way you look at it, Biden is in violation of the teaching of the Church (as he would be if he were to say, “I personally would never kill a Hungarian, since the Church teaches that Hungarians are human beings with an equal right to life; but I favor laws that permit the killing of Hungarians”). -- Professor Robert George"

www.nationalreview.com

Oct 15th 2012 new

(Quote) Laura-56149 said: "You need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate wh...
(Quote) Laura-56149 said:

"You need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy."-Bishop Thomas Paprocki

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Two important anti-Catholic elements of the forthcoming election involve the following:

Right-to-life; and

Freedom of religion (HHS decision re: artificial birth control coverage in Catholic institutions)

Another thought is that it is highly likely that during the 4 year presidential term coming up, there will be up to 3 US Supreme Court judges appointed. The court's decisions have a major impact, as we have seen.

Oct 16th 2012 new
Updated: *191* Bishops (100% of Dioceses) Have Spoken Out Against Obama/HHS Mandate

www.catholicvote.org

The List: (30) Bishops Forming Faithful Citizens in 2012 [Updated 11AM, Oct 16th] -

www.catholicvote.org
Oct 16th 2012 new

"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his pro-life views clear today in response to a question from a reporter on the campaign trail in Ohio.

Romney said he would govern as a pro-life president, de-fund the nation’s largest abortion company, and reinstate a policy preventing taxpayer funding of international abortion promotion efforts on the part of Planned Parenthood.

“I think I’ve said time and again that I’m a pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president. The actions I’ll take immediately is to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget. And also I’ve indicated that I will reverse the Mexico City position of the president. I will reinstate the Mexico City policy which keeps us from using foreign aid for abortions overseas,” he said,according toPolitico.

Earlier in the day, a spokeswoman for Governor Mitt Romney said the presidential candidate will be a pro-life president, a stark contrast the pro-abortion record President Barack Obama has built up during his time in the White House.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul has emailed out a statement about Romney to multiple media outlets after the liberal Des Moines Register newspaper ran a quote from Romney attempting to paint him as less than pro-life.

“Gov. Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life,” SaultoldNational Review.

In a comment to NBC News, Saul added, “Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president.”

Those comments are not going over very well with the nation’s top pro-abortion groups, which are working aggressively to defeat Romney because of his pro-life positions against abortion, abortion funding and taxpayer funding for the nation’s biggest abortion business.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, said of Romney, “we cannot trust him to lead our country.”

“Romney has repeatedly supported overturning Roe v. Wade and would appoint Supreme Court Justices who share his anti-choice views. If that wasn’t enough, Romney chose Congressman Paul Ryan, someone who co-sponsored and repeatedly voted for the Federal Abortion Ban, as his running mate for President,” Keenan continued.

Keenan said NARAL “will engage its over one-million member activists to remind voters of Romney’s true anti-choice agenda.”

www.lifenews.com

Oct 16th 2012 new

(Quote) Laura-56149 said: "Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his pro-life views clear today in respons...
(Quote) Laura-56149 said:

"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his pro-life views clear today in response to a question from a reporter on the campaign trail in Ohio.

Romney said he would govern as a pro-life president, de-fund the nation’s largest abortion company, and reinstate a policy preventing taxpayer funding of international abortion promotion efforts on the part of Planned Parenthood.

“I think I’ve said time and again that I’m a pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president. The actions I’ll take immediately is to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget. And also I’ve indicated that I will reverse the Mexico City position of the president. I will reinstate the Mexico City policy which keeps us from using foreign aid for abortions overseas,” he said,according toPolitico.

Earlier in the day, a spokeswoman for Governor Mitt Romney said the presidential candidate will be a pro-life president, a stark contrast the pro-abortion record President Barack Obama has built up during his time in the White House.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul has emailed out a statement about Romney to multiple media outlets after the liberal Des Moines Register newspaper ran a quote from Romney attempting to paint him as less than pro-life.

“Gov. Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life,” SaultoldNational Review.

In a comment to NBC News, Saul added, “Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president.”

Those comments are not going over very well with the nation’s top pro-abortion groups, which are working aggressively to defeat Romney because of his pro-life positions against abortion, abortion funding and taxpayer funding for the nation’s biggest abortion business.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, said of Romney, “we cannot trust him to lead our country.”

“Romney has repeatedly supported overturning Roe v. Wade and would appoint Supreme Court Justices who share his anti-choice views. If that wasn’t enough, Romney chose Congressman Paul Ryan, someone who co-sponsored and repeatedly voted for the Federal Abortion Ban, as his running mate for President,” Keenan continued.

Keenan said NARAL “will engage its over one-million member activists to remind voters of Romney’s true anti-choice agenda.”

www.lifenews.com

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Please please pray that St Michael will help us fight against PP. They are extremely rich (worth a billion dollars) and very powerful. They have Obama in their pocket and they will not go down without a messy battle. St. Michael defend us in our day of battle!!! knight-errant

Oct 17th 2012 new
(Quote) Laura-56149 said: Please please pray that St Michael will help us fight against PP. They are extremely rich (worth a b...
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Please please pray that St Michael will help us fight against PP. They are extremely rich (worth a billion dollars) and very powerful. They have Obama in their pocket and they will not go down without a messy battle. St. Michael defend us in our day of battle!!!

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This is a prayer to St. Michael that I have learned a long time ago and is usually prayed by our chaplain after every Mass. This is also an effective prayer to be said in the face of difficult and critical situations, and at any time of any day.

Prayer to St. Michael

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

God bless all.. Praying
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