Friday, March 07, 2008

Michigan Panel Approves Rules to Stop Teen Abortions Without Parental Consent

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 6, 2008

Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) -- A Michigan legislative panel has approved a bill that would put in place better rules for judges who are considering letting teenagers get around the state's parental consent law on abortions. Michigan pro-life advocates are concerned that the waiver process has become a rubber stamp approval for any abortions.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill on a 4-3 party-line vote with Republicans supporting it and Democrats opposed.

The Michigan parental consent law was supposed to increase parental involvement and reduce the number of teen abortions. It has to some extent, yet abortion advocates have found a way to legally circumvent it by abusing the judicial bypass option.

Abortion facilities have hired attorneys to go "judge shopping" in surrounding counties to find a local judge who will approve the abortion.

To combat this practice, the legislation would create guidelines for judges to consider before granting the consent waiver.

The judge must weigh factors about whether the secret abortion is really beneficial for the teen girl such as the girl's dependence on her parents, her maturity, her school performance, and other factors. [read more]

Editorial: Why No United States Outcry over the Kidnapping of Archbishop Rahho?

By Deacon Keith Fournier
3/6/2008
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

With the growing outcry from heads of State and international leaders, why no formal statement from the United States President or Administration?


Heads of State, international organizations and Religious institutions have all spoken out against the murders of three Chaldean Catholics last week and the kidnapping of Archbishop Rahho. Why has the United Sates Government not spoken?

LOS ANGELES (Catholic Online) - On Friday February 29, 2008 the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, Paulos Faraj Rahho was kidnapped at gunpoint. Three men traveling with him were killed.

The terrorists who perpetrated this evil act attacked the Bishop’s car some 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad in Eastern Mosul. They executed the driver and two other unarmed men.

Provincial police spokesman Brigadier-General Khaled Abdul Sattar, a witness, indicated “Gunmen opened fire on the car, killed the other three and kidnapped the archbishop,"

The saintly Archbishop has not been heard from since.

He had just left the Parish Church in Mosul, Iraq. This Church is dedicated to the Holy Spirit and was the parish Church of Fr. Ragheed Ganni, the Iraqi Martyr.

Last year, on the Feast of Pentecost, armed Muslims confronted Father Ragheed Ganni along with three of his sub-deacons, Basman Yousef Daud, Wahid Hanna Isho, and Gassan Isam Bidawed.

These four clergymen had just left the celebration of Holy Mass at this Parish Church on Pentecost. The terrorists held them at gunpoint, demanding that they convert to Islam or die. [read more]

Catholic League News Release

McCAIN STANDS FAST ON HAGEE;
CRITICISM MOUNTS


Mounting criticism of Sen. John McCain’s refusal to denounce Pastor John Hagee’s anti-Catholicism continued yesterday. In addition to the Catholic League, several other Catholic groups criticized the Republican presidential nominee. Joining in the criticism was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Party of Georgia, columnists, bloggers and religious websites. Tonight Bill Moyers will air a show on the controversy.

When asked about this issue yesterday, McCain said the following: “Pastor Hagee endorsed me. That does not mean I endorse everything Pastor Hagee said. All I can say is lots and lots of people endorse me. That means they embrace my ideas and positions. It does not mean I endorse them.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue disagrees with this assessment:

“Ordinarily, what McCain said would be true enough. What makes the Hagee matter different is threefold: (a) McCain actively solicited the endorsement, appearing with the minister to accept it (b) Hagee is not simply guilty of a few throw-away lines—he has a long history of demonizing Catholicism, and (c) McCain blasted then presidential candidate George W. Bush in 2000 for not condemning Bob Jones University because of the school’s anti-Catholicism (Bush eventually did), thus he has already dropped anchor on this issue.


“Fortunately for McCain, he did not shut the door and say this matter is over. But time is running out. We expect to hear a more definitive statement that explicitly rejects Hagee’s anti-Catholicism. If we don’t, criticism from many quarters will only escalate. It is one thing for a candidate to disagree with the Catholic position on certain public policy issues, quite another to break bread with an anti-Catholic bigot.”

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1403

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Catholic League: McCain set the Bar for McCain

3/6/2008
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights (www.catholicleague.org/)

If McCain was right to slam Bob Jones in 2000, why is he letting Hagee off the hook now?

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Catholic League) - In February, 2000, presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain’s campaign staff made phone calls to prospective voters in Michigan reminding the party faithful of candidate George W. Bush’s visit to Bob Jones University.

The message was as follows: “Bob Jones has made strong anti-Catholic statements, including calling the pope the anti-Christ and the Catholic Church a satanic cult.” After first denying that these calls were sponsored by the McCain campaign, officials later admitted they were.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue saw the irony in this:

“Yes, Bob Jones has a long record of demonizing Roman Catholicism, but so does Pastor John Hagee. In 2000, on the website of Bob Jones University, they indeed called the pope the anti-Christ and Catholicism a satanic cult.

Incredibly, Hagee continues to call Catholicism the ‘anti-Christ,’ a ‘false cult system’ and ‘The Great Whore.’ If McCain was right to slam Bob Jones in 2000, why is he letting Hagee off the hook now?

“In fact, when Bush did apologize for his visit to Bob Jones (he was explicit and forceful in his denunciation of the school), McCain criticized him for taking so long.

He said, if ‘you don’t say anything until three weeks later, then you have—are—abandoning your role as a—as a person.’ Well, it hasn’t been three weeks since McCain has been apprised of his Hagee problem, but the clock is ticking. [read more]

Tucson Sector illegal immigrants average 1 or 2 sex offenders a week

Posted: March 5, 2008 05:58 PM CST

The Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol continues to lead the nation in illegal immigrant arrests. Now, there's a new high and it's connected to sex crimes committed in the United States.
Every single man, woman and child inside a detention facility in the Tucson Sector is an illegal immigrant who just crossed the border. "They'll come in get sorted out depending on whether they're children, women or males. And once they get finger printed we know the outcome we place them in to specific cells," said Agent Jose Gonzalez.

It's busy today: you can see belongings are piled high. Every illegal immigrant apprehended comes here to this processing center and it's a guarantee that once a week, agents see at least one sex offender.

"The Tucson Sector gets a lot of sex offenders and we average at least one or two a week throughout the sector." Gonzalez references a man wearing a blue t-shirt. "He served 2 1/2 years in jail for sexual conduct with a minor." [read more]


h/t: Immigration News Daily

Specter offers crime deportation legislation

By staff reports March 6, 2008

Last updated: Thursday, March 6, 2008 9:31 AM EST

A visit last month to the state prison at Camp Hill at least partly prompted U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter’s latest legislation: the Accountability in Immigration Repatriation Act of 2008.

Introduced Wednesday, the legislation would impose sanctions on countries that refuse to take back aliens who have been convicted of crimes in the United States and other aliens who are under a final order of removal.

As of Feb. 11, eight countries are refusing to accept more than 139,000 aliens. More than 18,000 of them are convicted criminals who have been released back onto U.S. streets, Specter noted, adding that a recidivism rates show that they are likely to commit as many as eight additional crimes.

A former Philadelphia district attorney, Specter was briefed on aggravated felon Abdel Fattah while visiting SCI-Camp Hill Feb. 8. An Egyptian, Fattah has served his minimum sentence and is now eligible for repatriation. His delayed deportation cost Pennsylvania taxpayers $250,000 last year, Specter said.

Fattah has long been a problem inmate for SCI-Camp Hill — as well as state prisons in Waymart and Greene — engaging in hunger strikes that forced the prison to file a lawsuit to force feed him. In 2003, Fattah set a mattress on fire in his cell. [read more]


h/t: Immigration News Daily

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Missouri Abortion Advocates File Lawsuit Over Anti-Forced Abortion Proposal

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 4, 2008

Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) -- Abortion advocates in Missouri have filed a lawsuit against a ballot proposal that would prohibit forced abortions or coercing a woman to have an abortion. The abortion business contends the measure would go further by banning abortions in the state, even though the proposal specifically indicates that's not the case.

The initiative explicitly states that "It is not the intention of this law to make unlawful an abortion that is otherwise lawful."

The Stop Forced Abortions Alliance is behind the measure, which it hopes to get on the November ballot.

Last month, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced the summary language of the proposal and said organizers can begin collecting signatures.

But, according to AP, a lawsuit filed Monday by a Planned Parenthood backer claims the anti-forced abortion proposal and the ballot summary Carnahan prepared has "far-reaching legal challenges" and "thus is likely to deceive and mislead voters."

Should a court allow the organizers to continue collecting signatures, they would need approximately 86,000 and 95,000 valid signatures depending on the combination of districts from which they come.

The Stop Forced Abortions Alliance submitted ballot language to Carnahan previously and re-submitted the language when Carnahan issued erroneous language claiming the measure is about "banning abortions." [read more]

Illinois Parental Notification Abortion Law Ruled Invalid by Federal Judge

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 4, 2008

Springfield, IL (LifeNews.com) -- Courts continue to prevent the enforcement of a 1995 parental notification law on abortion as a federal judge has issued a decision refusing to life an injunction on it. The lack of a parental involvement law has encouraged teenagers in cities in neighboring states, such as St. Louis, to go across the border for secret abortions.

The law had been on hold since the legislature passed it in 1995 because the state Supreme Court hadn't approved the administrative rules for it.

Abortion advocates had filed a lawsuit against the notification requirement to block parents from knowing about their teen's abortion decision until the rules were completed.

The state's high court finally completed action on the law in September 2006 and, in January 2007, Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked a federal court to enforce the law. [read more]

Humanae Vitae Priests

We are just five months away from the 40th anniversary of the papal encyclical on birth control, entitled Humanae Vitae, and I am writing to ask your assistance in a project that I hope will impact thousands of men responsible for this marvelous teaching - our priests and seminarians. The project is simple: to send to as many priests and seminarians as possible a new email newsletter that is dedicated to educating them on the teaching of this encyclical. In a moment, I will tell you how you can help me in this project, but first let me explain why this is important.

There are two complaints that I have heard in literally every one of the 50+ countries I have visited. Complaint one is that priests don't preach enough about abortion. That is painfully apparent to all of us. Complaint two is that they are almost totally silent about the issue of birth control as well. Some have described this as a "conspiracy of silence" in the face of one of the most important issues of our day.

Rome, thankfully, has not been silent on either one of these issues. Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI have been brilliant examples of preaching and teaching on the life issues. The problem comes down to the delivery of these teachings at the grass-roots level! It benefits the "average Catholic" very little if the pope writes a document on an issue of faith or morals only to have priests ignore it in their pastoral care of souls. This has been the de facto situation of our clergy for forty years on the issue of birth control, and it is not too strong to say that the teaching of Christ has been neutered by clerics who contracept its life-giving force!

Don't get me wrong. I am not judging this clerical contraception - I am condemning it!

Priests who deprive their people of moral guidance on birth control dig their own graves. "My people perish for lack of knowledge," says the prophet Amos. Yes, and they also perish for the sins of contraception, which has apparently been adopted by the vast majority of Catholics - men, women and physicians - who see no contradiction whatsoever in contraception and the reception of Holy Communion.

HLI has never condemned this lack of clerical responsibility without at the same time offering a positive solution to it. We relentlessly supply bishops, priests, seminarians and religious all over the world with rock-solid information about the life issues, and in doing so, we know that we are helping to form the leaders of the Church Militant to fight the culture of death - and we will never relent in our mission!

In the lead up to the anniversary of Humanae Vitae on July 25th, HLI will publish a special e-newsletter for priests and seminarians dedicated exclusively to teaching them about Humanae Vitae. Here is what the e-newsletter will provide them:

commentary on the cultural degradation that has been generated by contraception
homily helps for preaching on birth control
technical information about the abortifacient dimension of contraception
resources for promoting natural family planning among your people
feature-length articles exploring the beauty of Humanae Vitae
straight-talk regarding priestly dissent on this issue and how it leads to loss of souls, and finally
a manifesto for priests to sign to demonstrate that we will never be silent about this issue!
This all sounds like an ambitious plan, I know, but their priestly souls are worth it aren't they?!

Now, here is how you can help us: send us the email addresses of priests and seminarians that you know so that we can invite them to receive this email newsletter. We already have a database of priests and seminarians who will receive this next week, but we want every present and future cleric to enjoy the benefit of this marvelous work.

All we ask is that you hit the REPLY button at the top of this email and send us the email addresses of any priests or seminarians you know. It is not necessary to include their names - just their email addresses. We will invite them to receive our new publication called Humanae Vitae Priests.

Help us take back our Church from the dissenters - it's time to hear the full teaching of our Church from the pulpit again!



Sincerely Yours in Christ,


Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President,
Human Life International

h/t: A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Senate GOP plans to unveil tough new immigration bills

Los Angeles Times
Mar. 4, 2008 07:23 PM

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are set to announce Wednesday the hardest-hitting package of immigration enforcement measures seen yet -- one that would require jail time for illegal immigrants caught crossing the border, make it harder for them to open bank accounts and compel them to communicate in English when dealing with federal agencies.

Most of the bills stand little chance of being debated in the Democrat-controlled Congress, but the move by some of the Senate's leading Republicans underscores how potent the issue of immigration remains, particularly during a presidential election year.

The bills give Republicans a way to put pressure on the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to take a tougher stance on immigration. They also reflect a shift toward harsher immigration rhetoric and legislative proposals from both parties since Congress failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul in 2007. [read more]

h/t: Immigration News Daily

Is Our Republic Still Free?

Here is a speech Judge Andrew Napolitano gave at the Future of Freedom Foundation. I am putting videos 2 thru 4. Click here if you want to see video 1, which is mostly introduction.

The information in the videos speaks for it's self, so all I will say is that it is definitely worth your time; if you care about this Republic.

PART II:



PART III:



PART IV:

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Thoughts On McCain, Fox News, And What We Do Now?

I am watching Fox News right now and they have declared John McCain the nominee of the Republican Party. What has happened to my Party? And, equally important, what has happened to Fox News? Their little panel of talking-heads is gleefully proclaiming that Illegal Immigration doesn't matter, and that Conservative talk radio doesn't matter. Well, they can laugh and mock all they want; our Party is heading for a severe beating in November.

If illegal immigration does not matter how come John McCain ran on securing the border and why are all the state governments passing their own laws to deal with the issue? The truth is that illegal immigration is important and John McCain has managed to pull the wool over a lot of people's eyes. He also got extremely lucky because Conservatives were divided. In my opinion, the reason why we could not coalesce behind one candidate was that President Bush and the Republican leadership have betrayed us Conservatives so often it was hard to trust any of the candidates and McCain benefited.

I have never not voted Republican, but I see no way that I could ever cast a ballot for a liberal politician like John McCain who is wrong on so many issues. Even if they get their fantasy and John McCain wins in November, you will see a liberal Republican under constant attack from both the left and the right and a President who will accomplish nothing. All this will do is give the Democrats a leg-up in 2010 and 2012.

I want to caution all of my fellow conservatives out there. Don't give up your vote! If the Constitution Party fields an acceptable candidate we should support them. In the House, instead of giving money to the NRCC, give directly to the House Conservatives Fund. The same thing applies to the Senate; don't give to the NRSC, give to the individual conservatives running for Senate. Take the time that you would normally spend volunteering in the Presidential campaign and devote it to electing conservatives locally. We have a chance to rebuild our Party and we should not give up on it, but we had better not continue to be a doormat. They need us more than we need them, they work for us, they have just forgot.

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Statement of Governor Doyle Regarding Brett Favre

MADISON - Governor Jim Doyle released the following statement today regarding the retirement of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre:

“Like all Packer fans, I was disappointed to hear Brett Favre will not be suiting up in the green and gold next season. It has been a privilege for all of us in Wisconsin to have been able to watch one of the all-time great quarterbacks, one of the greatest all-time athletes, year after year, take the field and lead the Pack. For 16 years, Brett Favre brought fun and excitement to Lambeau Field. His talent, energy and enthusiasm for the game will be missed.

“I want to thank Brett Favre on behalf of Packer fans everywhere for his commitment to the Packers, Green Bay, and all of Wisconsin.”

Catholic League News Release

HAGEE GOES OFF THE RAILS;
McCAIN MUST ACT

Pastor John Hagee has amended his news release from yesterday. He now has a new paragraph, part of which reads as follows: “I’ve learned that some have accused me of referring to the Catholic Church as the ‘great whore,’ of Revelations. This is a serious misinterpretation of my words. When I refer to the ‘great whore,’ I am referring to the apostate church, namely those Christians who embrace the false cult system of Jew-hatred and anti-Semitism.” He says this would include some Protestants as well as Catholics.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue wasn’t buying it:

“Anti-Catholic Protestants have long labeled the Catholic Church ‘The Great Whore,’ and no amount of spin can change that reality. No one who knows anything about the term would suggest otherwise. Indeed, the Catholic League has a whole library of anti-Catholic books wherein such demonizing language is used. Moreover, just go to Yahoo and type in ‘The Great Whore’ and here is what you get.

“The first site, thegreatwhore.com, not only identifies the Catholic Church with ‘The Great Whore,’ it has pictures of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II as presiding over the City of Rome wherein ‘The Great Whore’ lives. Site number two is wikipedia, and it correctly says that ‘Most Reformation writers and all Reformers themselves, from Martin Luther…John Calvin, and John Knox…identify the Roman Catholic Church with the Whore of Babylon.’ The third site is jesus-is-savior.com, and it has a picture of Our Blessed Mother, with the inscription, ‘Mary (the mother of Jesus) is not the great whore;
Catholicism’s Mother Mary (the Catholic religion) is the Great Whore!’
[My italics.]

“John McCain is not an anti-Catholic, but he has shown horrendous judgment in buddying up to this bigot and spin doctor. Maybe he didn’t know this side of Hagee before, but he sure knows it now. Time for the ‘Straight Talk Express’ to leave the station before Hagee goes off the rails again.”


Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1400

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CATHOLIC LEAGUE NEWS ALERT!

On Tuesday, March 4, Catholic League president Bill Donohue

will appear on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report"

to discuss Sen. McCain and the Rev. John Hagee.

11:30pm ET (repeats on March 5 at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 8:30pm)

Statement From Packers General Manager Ted Thompson

posted 03/04/2008

"
Brett Favre has informed us of his intention to retire from the Green Bay Packers and the NFL. He has had one of the greatest careers in the history of the National Football League, and he is able to walk away from the game on his own terms - not many players are able to do that. [read more]

Catholic League News Release

OBAMA SET THE BAR FOR McCAIN

Here is what Sen. Barack Obama said during the February 26 debate with Sen. Hillary Clinton regarding his endorsement by Minister Farrakhan:

· “I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic comments. I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support.”
· “I think I’m very familiar with his record as are the American people. That’s why I have consistently denounced it.”

Was this good enough? Here is what Karl Rove said last night on TV:

· “And the fact that he [Obama] danced around the question of whether he both renounced and rejected in the Democratic debate recently was a problem.”
· “I thought in the debate he didn’t seize the moment too quickly—in fact he played a word game with it.”
· “Rather than saying, I reject this one narrow part of him, he should have said, I reject what he stands for, and I don’t associate myself with him in any way, shape or form.”

Here is what McCain said yesterday regarding Hagee’s endorsement:

· “It’s simply not accurate to say that because someone endorses me that I therefore embrace their views.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue opined as follows:
“I hope the McCain camp gets the message. The difference between the way Obama and McCain have handled their endorsements by bigots is enormous. Even worse, McCain actually solicited Hagee’s endorsement. And if Karl Rove is right to criticize Obama for not being strong enough in his denunciation of Farrakhan, what does that say about McCain’s response to Hagee’s endorsement? In short, Obama has set the bar for McCain. Whether he wants to clear it or walk away is his choice.”

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1399
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Catholic League News Release

HAGEE DIGS HIS HEELS IN:
McCAIN HAS A NEW PROBLEM


David Brody, senior news correspondent for the Christian Broadcast System, has released the text of a letter by John Hagee wherein the Texas minister defends himself against charges of anti-Catholicism. Hagee says he is “shocked and saddened to learn of the mischaracterization of my views on Catholics that has spread while I spent the weekend celebrating the 50th anniversary of my entry into the ministry with family and friends.”

The following are direct quotes from Hagee:

“The Crusades were a motley mob of thieves, rapists, robbers, and murderers whose sins had been forgiven by the pope in advance of the Crusade.” [
Jerusalem Countdown, p. 109]

“When Hitler became a global demonic monster, the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII never, ever slightly criticized him.” [
Jerusalem Countdown, p. 115]

Speaking of Hitler, Hagee writes that he “simply enforced policies that had been approved by the church over the course of history and that remained the official policy of the church when the Nazi party came to power.” [
In Defense of Israel, p. 25]

“Need we be reminded that the loving theology of the New Testament, as translated by the Roman church fathers, is what sponsored the Crusades, the Inquisition, and ultimately produced the Holocaust?” [
In Defense of Israel, p. 158]

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:

“Did we also mischaracterize Hagee when he called my religion ‘The Great Whore,’ the ‘apostate church,’ the ‘anti-Christ’ and a ‘false cult system’? McCain cannot ignore Hagee’s lies any more than he can tolerate his bigotry. This is getting out of control.”


Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1398
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Catholic League News Release

McCAIN SURROGATES FALL FLAT

Catholic League president Bill Donohue says he wants to hear from Sen. John McCain about his tie to Rev. John Hagee, not his surrogates:

“On Friday, Sen. McCain said he doesn’t agree with everything that Hagee has said. But he didn’t list a single example. As such, his response strikes us as pedestrian: Is there anyone who agrees with everything said by someone else? Sen. Sam Brownback was more specific about what McCain allegedly believes. In a news release his office sent to us Friday afternoon (McCain’s staff has not contacted us at all), Brownback said, ‘While John McCain certainly cannot be expected to defend or espouse the views of every individual who has thrown their support to him, McCain completely repudiates any and all remaining elements of anti-Catholicism in America today.’ That’s a great statement. Too bad it didn’t come from McCain. But there’s the rub: John Hagee has contributed mightily to anti-Catholicism in America, so how can McCain have it both ways?

“Yesterday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson about my criticism of McCain. He asked, ‘Should John McCain repudiate and reject the comments, the support from John Hagee, just as Barack Obama has done that with the Rev. Louis Farrakhan?’ Hutchinson responded by saying, ‘Well, I think there are two very different situations. John Hagee, Pastor Hagee, has done some very good things, particularly with regard to Israel and the support for Israel and denouncing terrorism in that area. And he has a very large congregation. His endorsement, I think, is for people who believe and work for him. And he does some good things.’ She then said McCain wouldn’t support anti-Catholicism.

“Farrakhan has done some very good things, too. He has called upon young black men to steer clear of drugs and to support their families. Yet no one is citing his good work as a justification for his bigoted comments. The same rule should apply to Hagee. We hope McCain gives us something concrete the next time he speaks to this issue. And we’d like to hear from him, not his surrogates.”


Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1397
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Catholic League News Release

THOUSANDS SHOW SUPPORT FOR PIUS XII;
PETITION POPE FOR BEATIFICATION

To mark today’s anniversary of the beginning of Pope Pius XII’s pontificate, the Catholic League and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists have amassed a Petition to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the Beatification of Pope Pius XII.
The petition, which garnered approximately 15,000 signatures in three months, has been submitted for His Holiness’ consideration. It reads:

With profound respect and sincere devotion, We, the undersigned, humbly request that the cause for the beatification of Pope Pius XII proceed without delay. Pius XII’s virtuous life speaks for itself and is supported by an abundance of incontestable documentary evidence. The truth regarding his service to the Church and the World, as a diplomat and during his pontificate, prior to and through the World War II period, is also historically established. He has been the victim of an unjust smear campaign for fifty years. Now, however, overwhelming evidence has been amassed that proves beyond doubt that he labored without pause for peace, that he sought to assist in every way possible the victims of war, especially Jews, hundreds of thousands of whom were spared through his efforts, and that he constantly warned the world of the horrors of Nazism and Communism. We urge that you honor this holy and brave Pontiff at the soonest possible date.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue had this to say:

“Though the late pope’s detractors are vociferous, the truth is clear: A great and holy man has had his reputation sullied by false accusations. Serious students of history are confident that Pope Pius XII did more to rescue Jews from the Nazis than any other world leader. It is the hope of many faithful Catholics that we will soon be able to speak of ‘Saint Pius’ when referring to this true hero.”

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1396

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Fair Labeling And Informed Consent Act - Does Your Medication Or Your Child's Vaccinations Contain Fetal Tissue From Aborted Babies?

I had to post this. I was truly horrified that my children may have received some of these vaccines because I had no idea that any vaccines or medications were being derived from the tissue of aborted babies and embryonic stem cells. We have truly had the wool pulled over our eyes in our society and have unknowingly helped condoned the murder of innocent children. Please read the below post about a company who will be offering moral alternatives and how The Fair Labeling And Informed Consent Act can help prevent this in the future.

While most vaccines and medicines are produced in an ethical manner, several are manufactured using cell lines derived from tissue obtained from babies who are victims of abortion. In some cases, Vinnedge notes, no ethical versions are available.

“For too long parents who want to protect their children without compromising their deeply held pro-life and religious beliefs have been coerced into an unnecessary and unjust moral dilemma,” she explained. “No one should be forced to choose between these two fundamental human rights.”

Vinnedge told LifeNews.com she hopes the news will be a further catalyst in getting members of Congress to support the Fair Labeling and Informed Consent act.

That's a bill that would require full disclosure from the pharmaceutical industry whenever aborted fetal or embryonic cell lines are used in medical products.

“Every consumer, whether pro-life in philosophy or not, has the right to know if human fetal cell contaminants are present in the drugs they receive," Dr. Deisher noted.

“Consumers should be informed and empowered to make the best health care choices for themselves and their families. Surely, if we have the right to know what is in our fast food, we should also have the right to know what is in our medicine," the researcher added. [read more]

Notebook: Kidd gets the point and shoots

Art Garcia Mavs.com
Posted: March 1, 2008


When he finally hangs up his sneakers, Jason Kidd will be remembered as one of the greatest passers in the history of the game. That singular ability to create shots for others is the foundation of his game.

Mavericks coach Avery Johnson, a former point guard, understands that unselfishness. Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard, Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse and the rest of Kidd’s teammates appreciate it. But getting the most out of Kidd goes beyond the 64 assists he’s piled up in just six games.

Johnson views Kidd as an all-around threat. Part of that threat involves Kidd creating his own offense. As foreign as the concept may seem – Kidd admitted that for years he wasn’t asked to score – Johnson needed more shots to come flying out of the 34-year-old hands of No. 2.

So one night after hoisting up just eight – and sitting out the final 35 seconds at San Antonio – the guy that’s been given the keys to the Mavs’ offense revved up his engines. Kidd shot 18 times against Sacramento. Message delivered. [read more]

Kidnapped by Armed Extremists in Iraq

By Deacon Keith Fournier
3/1/2008
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

We call on President Bush and the current American administration to do everything within their power to secure the release of Archbishop Rahho.

The Chaldean Catholic Church is 550,000 strong in war ravaged Iraq. these heroic Christians are an example to the rest of the Christian community in what is becoming a new missionary age.
LOS ANGELES (Catholic Online) - Archbishop Faraj Rahho is deeply loved by the faithful.

He is known to be a holy man, whose devotion to the Lord and his beloved Chaldean Catholic faith is matched only by his dedication to the faithful who are suffering increasing persecution in Iraq.

Chaldean (also referred to as Assyrian) Catholics are the majority Christian representation in Iraq. Most estimate their numbers to be around 550,000 strong.

They have also become the focus of a growing wave of anti-Christian violence in that war ravaged country, which is their homeland.

These deeply devout Eastern Catholic Christians are also living in the United Sates and elsewhere throughout the world. Their largest communities in America are in Detroit, Detroit, Michigan and El Cajon, California. [read more]

Number of priests increases, but not as fast as number of Catholics

By John Thavis
3/1/2008
Catholic News Service (www.catholicnews.com)

The Vatican said the global Catholic population increased during 2006 by 1.4 percent, from 1.115 billion to 1.131 billion.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The latest church statistics show that the number of priests and seminarians in the world continues to increase, but not as fast as the general Catholic population.
The statistics from the end of 2006 also confirm a gradual geographical shift in vocations from Europe and the Americas to Africa and Asia.

The sampling of statistics was released Feb. 29 in connection with the presentation of the 2008 edition of the Vatican yearbook, known as the Annuario Pontificio, which catalogs the church's presence in each diocese. [read more]

Pro-Life Congressmen Want Planned Parenthood De-Funded Over Web Site Porn

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 28, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Pro-life members of Congress say the federal government should stop funding Planned Parenthood through national family programs because its teen-oriented web site features pornography. Planned Parenthood's online venture TeenWire features content so graphic that some Internet filters are preventing access to it.

The site is supposed to be a compendium of "medically accurate" information for teenagers on sexual issues.

Though Planned Parenthood is careful to say the information is intended for people 18 years and older, the web site is clearly geared to teens.

The web site's "advice columnists" tell kids viewing the web site that many people use pornography as part of sex play." A columnist tells one viewer that viewing pornography won't lead to getting bad grades in school.

The web site encourages kids to play sexual games or explore bisexuality and it gives teens advice on how to avoid telling their parents about a possible abortion. [read more]