Friday, March 27, 2009
Credit goes to Multimedia Pro-Life news...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
NOTRE DAME STUDENT GROUPS DENOUNCE UNIVERSITY’S CHOICE FOR
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, 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.
STUDENT COALITION STATEMENT ON THE 2009 UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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
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
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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.
To me, this man just sounds so sad and disappointed...
h/t to WICatholic
Monday, March 23, 2009
Anyway, pro-lifers have been making their voices heard about the outrage we feel for one of the United States most well known Catholic Universities INVITING the most pro-death politician, who happens to also be our current president, to speak at their commencement address. I, personally have notified and encouraged the alumni that I happen to know and be related to, to speak up, as well, and invite their friends to do the same...
You can catch up with the latest at the Creative Minority Report.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
"Abortion strips women of their dignity, and men of their responsibility to women...." Janie is very blessed with her ministry, and she has touched many hearts... God Bless her! It is wonderful to hear from someone that has been there and can touch BOTH sides of the debate. God has showered her with grace and healing in sharing her own story, and in response she will touch many more... I was so touched by her testimony and I encourage you to check out her website, read her book, listen to her CD's and see about having her come to your parish or pro-life event. In her message, she calls on everyone of us to NOT give up our most powerful weapons, prayers and fasting. Do NOT write these women off, but pray for them. Pray FERVENTLY for them, because our prayers do not go in vain. they are POWERFUL and they work. As she gratefully acknowledges, as radical of a feminist that she was, SOMEONE was praying for her....
Also at our banquet we met and heard the music of Catholic singer-song writer Donna Lee. Another beautiful soul with a powerful message for those hurting after abortion.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
A thank you to the girls at Defining Beauty for bringing my attention to the newly created White House Council on Women and Girls. Great, right? I mean, we should feel wonderful that women's health and other "issues" are important enough for our president to create our own council, right?... The council is defined as: (comment mine)
"The White House Council on Women and Girls will ensure that agencies
across the federal government, not just a few offices, take into account the
particular needs and concerns of women and girls. " -as long as they are in
line with their agenda....
A look at the list of attendees is enough to send a shiver down my spine...
The short list of attendees that stood out to me were:
United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
United States Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Kim Gandy, NOW
Silvia Henriquez, National Latina Reproductive Health Institute
Nancy Keenan, NARAL
Mara Keisling, National Center for Transgender Equality
Ellen Malcolm, Emily's List
Darlene Nipper, Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Laurie Rubiner, Planned Parenthood
Vicki Saporta, National Abortion Federation
Seriously, where are the pro-life women representatives? I mean, if they want what is best for women, and believe that women should have a choice then there should be an option to their agenda right?... So they can make a choice?... In what way does a pro-life option harm women and girls? Why aren't they invited and included in this newly formed "council"?... I'm not fooled... this new council doesn't make me feel better for women's rights at all...
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Petition Against HHS Appointment of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (emphasis mine)
President Obama's appointment of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services Secretary is rock solid proof our new president has no concern for the health of Americans. Rather, Obama's modus operandi has and will continue to be full-scale attack on the personhood of the weak, disabled and preborn. Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's pick to lead the nation's chief agency for health care, has made no secret of her radical support for the abortion movement. Indeed she has praised, defended and treated to dinner at the governor's mansion the notorious Dr. George Tiller - set to stand trial for performing illegal late term abortions.Sebelius, an alleged Catholic, has been repeatedly rebuked by her archbishop for her pro-abortion work. In fact Archbishop Joseph Naumann has asked Sebelius not to receive Holy Communion in his archdiocese for her flagrant support for the intrinsic evil of abortion.
Appointing Gov. Sebelius to HHS Secretary is like appointing Dr. Jack Kevorkian as Surgeon General. Kathleen Sebelius poses a huge threat
to the health and well-being of every single American, particularly those marginalized by the culture of death.We the undersigned demand that our Senators, as our elected representatives, reject Obama's recommended appointment of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to Health and Human Services Secretary.
"It is not appropriate that an individual who supports abortion occupy
this post. Abortion has nothing to do with health. There is no disease that abortion cures and there is no medical benefit to the procedure. Both Kathleen Sebelius and Barack Obama should know better."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The Photo below captures a disturbing trend beginning to affect U.S. Wildlife...
Formerly self-sufficient animals now show signs of mimicking human behavior too closely. This Montana Black Bear no longer forages for food but waits impatiently for the delivery of a government issued picnic basket - commonly referred to by rangers as a "Bearack stimulus package".
wah-wah-waaaahhhhh.... : )
Monday, March 2, 2009
Well, I still don't know if I'm just being overly sensitive, but I at least know that I'm NOT the ONLY one seeing this... From the Catholic League president Bill Donahue:
“Last week, President Obama called Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan to congratulate him on his appointment as the new archbishop of New York, effective
April 15. That was a nice statement. But it didn’t cost him anything. His
appointment of Kathleen Sebelius—one of the most extreme pro-abortion zealots in
the nation—to head HHS was not a nice statement. And it will cost him.
“Catholics do not expect that abortion-rights presidents will go out of their way to choose pro-life Catholics to be in their administration. But they also don’t expect them to go out of their way to offend them. Obama has done just that. As I said last night on the CBS Evening News, ‘She is the champion of abortion rights right through term, and for Obama to choose somebody who sews such division within the Catholic community to head HHS really is an insult to Catholics.’ Indeed, she has been publicly criticized by the last three archbishops of Kansas for her radical views on abortion.
“Sebelius is best friends with Dr. George Tiller, one of the most radical abortion doctors in American history. She has wined and dined him, and has accepted money from him. The fact that he has performed more than 60,000 abortions doesn’t faze her. None of which bodes well given her duties at HHS. Moreover, she has worked against the health-care rights of women: she refused to license abortion clinics in
Kansas. “Sebelius once signed a law that calls for the killer of a pregnant
woman to be charged with two murders. Someone should ask her who the other
I feel so sad for these politicians that make a point of making sure everyone knows they are Catholic, but don't take the time or effort to really know or understand their Faith...
Sunday, March 1, 2009
On Friday, February 27, 2009 [NB: There is a
typo on their site indicating "2008", but this is a 2009 chat, from the 2009 Religious Education Congress.] , at 11:15 a.m. PST, ChurchWerks.com hosted an online chat session with Cardinal Mahony, live from the main Exhibit Hall at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, Calif.
Ann Scolari: What are your thoughts on the Trindentine mass?
CardinalMahony: Ann: The Tridentine Mass was meant for those who
could not make the transition from Latin to English [or other languages] after the Council. But there is no participation by the people, and I don’t believe that instills the spirit of Christ among us.