Notre Dame Shame

March 27, 2009

Notre Dame Student Groups
Lead Graduation Protest

Campus Divided Over Catholic Character Question

SOUTH BEND, Indiana, MARCH 25, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A coalition of student organizations at the University of Notre Dame are joining forces to protest President Barack Obama’s invitation to speak at their graduation ceremony.

A statement released today by the coalition reported the “deepest opposition” of the students to the announcement made Friday by Notre Dame’s president that the U.S. president will give this year’s commencement speech and will receive an honorary law degree at the university’s graduation.

Senior Emily Toates of Notre Dame Right to Life affirmed: “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.”

. . .

Citing the U.S. bishops’ conference, they noted that Catholic institutions should not give “awards, honors or platforms” to those “who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.”

. . .

“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.”

Moral dilemna

The students asserted that the university’s president, Father John Jenkins, “has placed some of his students in a moral dilemma as to whether they should attend their own graduation.”

To read more of that article, see:
http://www.zenit.org/article-25478?l=english.

Read what you can do about this (in addition to prayer, of course!):
http://www.notredamescandal.com/.

See also: http://www.ndresponse.com/events033109-red.html.

And please pray for conversion! It’s not too late for there to be a change in the plans.

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When was your last confession?

March 26, 2009

Found an article today that led to another one; both are about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Here are some excerpts from those two. Maybe they will help you prepare to receive the sacrament soon!

iConfess: New Tools for
Embracing the Sacrament of Reconciliation

by Lisa Hendey

As we anticipate the joy of Easter, many of our parishes around the country are holding special Lenten Penance services to provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As Catholics, we are called to receive Penance at least once per year:

According to the Church’s command, “after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.” Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1457

If you’re not already done so, I want to invite you to read Pat Gohn’s wonderful column from last week entitled “Embracing the Catechism: Getting Back to Confession”. In doing our very best to prepare our hearts to receive the full benefits of making a good confession, you may be surprised to learn that they are some wonderful “tech tools” to help you in this process.

Indeed, the sacrament truly is a “process”, with work to be done both before and after we enter the reconciliation room or confessional. Part of our duty is to make a thorough examination of conscience, exploring our hearts and souls for any sinful activities or attitudes. Over the past few years, many helpful resources have been developed to assist you with making a thorough examination of conscience. Most of these tools take a detailed look at each of the Ten Commandments and ask prompting questions to invite personal reflection.

. . .

My favorite aspect of the “iConfess” tool is the very thorough Examination of Conscience section. The application lists each of the Ten Commandments and asks prompting questions to assist you in your examination. You can then “tag” particular items to prompt your memory during confession. Beyond the Ten Commandments, the iConfess Examination of Conscience also looks at the Seven Deadly Sins, Sins against the Holy Spirit, Sins with Respect to the Sacrament of Confession, and other areas that may need reflection or consideration.

. . .

… the following websites offer wonderful tools for Examination of Conscience:

http://www.bereconciledtogod.com/pdfs/examinationofconscience.pdf

http://catholicparents.org/oxcart/examinationchild.html – for children

http://www.scborromeo.org/confess.htm

http://frpat.com/examen.htm

You can read more from that article at
http://woman.catholicexchange.com/2009/03/26/804/

Embracing the Catechism:
Getting Back to Confession

by Pat Gohn

Don’t you love simple directions? The shampoo bottle instructs me to “lather, rinse, and repeat.” It simple, direct, and gets the job done.

Spiritual 9-1-1
When my children were old enough to understand what an emergency was, I taught them how to call for the police, fire department, or ambulance, by memorizing “9-1-1.” It’s simple. It’s direct. It brings help.

This is Lent. So, I’ll make this simple and direct. Memorize this:

There is no offense, however serious,
that the Church cannot forgive.

Got that? There. Is. NO. Offense. That. The. Church. Cannot. Forgive. That’s from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), paragraph 982. Ultimately this means there are no excuses for us to avoid receiving the graces God has in store for us through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The only problem is, we actually have to ‘fess up, and that’s the tricky part for many of us.

(Now, if you’ve already been to confession recently, or you are planning to go soon-wonderful! What follows is for the reader who may feel hesitant about going.)

For many of us, for many reasons, entering the confessional is a hard spiritual practice. Instead we practice active avoidance. The Church “knows” this about us. That’s why the Precepts of the Church urge Catholics to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation “at least once a year.” (The 5 Precepts of the Church are simple directions that help us grow in our love of God and neighbor. See CCC 2042-2043.)

So, the minimum requirement for Catholics is an annual confession.

But we make good excuses for not going. We rationalize. We talk ourselves out of the need to confess. Often the lies we tell ourselves to deny our conscience, compounds the problem. Especially when it comes to those, you know, big sins. The mortal ones that break one the Ten Commandments.

The painful truth is that if we’ve broken a commandment or two, we’ve broken our relationship with Christ and the Church. But, there is hope in restoring it.

It requires faith that forgiveness is bigger than our sin. That means trusting that we can be forgiven, even if our sin is as bad as fill-in-the-blank.

We need to “call 9-1-1″, spiritually speaking: The Sacrament of Reconciliation.

See the remainder of the article at
http://woman.catholicexchange.com/2009/03/20/729/.

Leaving the industry

March 6, 2009

In conjunction with the March 10 event, here are links to testimonies by former abortion providers:

http://www.priestsforlife.org/testimonies/default.aspx

http://www.prolifeaction.org/providers/index.htm

There are probably other sites, but those will give you plenty to read for now.

A day to be “silent no more”

March 6, 2009

If you live in a location that is currently hosting a “40 Days for Life” prayer campaign, you might want to make a special effort to stop by on Tuesday, March 10. And if you don’t live in one of those locations, or your schedule won’t permit you to go there that day, please pray wherever you are. (Check for locations at
http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.cfm.)

Why that particular day? Because abortion advocates are calling it “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” and life advocates can counter that with the power of our prayers. The organizers of the 40Days effort have coordinated with the leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to have a special presence at abortion facilities on that day.

The 40 Days blog http://www.40daysforlife.com/blog/ entry for Day 9 says this:

We just sent out a news release early this morning about an important activity that will be taking place at 40 Days for Life vigils all across North America next Tuesday:
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/227769643.html.

. . .

A wonderful group called Silent No More Awareness Campaign has been heavily involved with 40 Days for Life and is now calling upon those who have found healing after an abortion to stand in unified prayer at as many of the 40 Days for Life vigil sites as possible next Tuesday, March 10 – the day the abortion industry promotes its callous “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.”

At your vigil, you may be joined by women holding signs that read, “I regret my abortion,” and men holding signs that read, “I regret lost fatherhood.”

While the abortion industry is throwing parties and patting abortionists on the back for their deadly work, thank these faithful prayer warriors for their courage to bear witness to the terrible harm caused by abortion. They know from personal experience.

Learn much more at: http://tinyurl.com/d9mcjn.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign site
http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/news/09-02-27-silent-no-more-40-days.htm says this:

Why March 10th? As some of you might be aware, March 10th is designated by the abortion industry as a “Thank Your Abortion Provider Day”. They encourage women to actually send thank you notes to their abortion provider. But we know by your testimonies, you do NOT share these sentiments about the doctor that performed your abortion.

So what we want to do is on March 10 encourage men and women like you, who have registered with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to come out to the abortion clinics, with our Silent No More “I Regret My Abortion” and “I Regret Lost Fatherhood” signs and pray with the 40 Days for Life people to say, no we do not thank our abortion providers and challenge them to listen to our voices that share the negative consequences that abortion had on us. (We’ll be praying also that the abortion provider will have a conversion of heart to stop performing abortion.)

. . .

We decided to do this because Andrea Hines and Katherine Hearn as Silent No More Regional Coordinators and 40 Days for Life Leaders put the two efforts together in their community. They said, “During the last 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in Charlotte, NC, one of the days was designated as “Silent No More Day.” It was a day that we asked those from our community that were post-abortive to bring their sign and join us for prayer at the local abortion clinic. The message of “I Regret My Abortion” during the vigil helps remind us of those that have been devastated by abortion in the past, those that are being devastated by abortion right in front of us at the abortion clinic, and the generations that will hopefully, be spared this devastation in the future. It is the post-abortive, many which have not received healing, among us in our churches, our vigils, and our families, that is one of the most important mission fields today. We believe that by SNM uniting together with the 40 Days for Life vigils on March 10, our specific prayer for a great outbreak of healing and recovery in the lives of the post-abortive will provide a great vision for what the Lord can and will do!”

The news release at
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/227769643.html says this:

“We are highly encouraged that the Silent No More Awareness Campaign is urging women and men who have found healing in the wake of abortion to stand witness in front of abortion facilities on March 10 in connection with 40 Days for Life,” said Shawn Carney, spring campaign director for 40 Days for Life. “The message of post-abortion healing plays an important role in the dismantling of the abortion culture and the construction of a new culture of life.”

. . .

The date March 10 was chosen because this is the date that the abortion industry has marked as Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. “That concept flies in the face of the destruction we know abortion causes,” said Carney, “not just for the baby whose life is taken, but for the mother, the father — and many others including extended family and friends. It is our fervent hope that women with abortion appointments on March 10 will see the silent, prayerful witness of others who have walked in their shoes, and avoid making a tragic decision that could haunt them physically, psychologically and spiritually for years and years to come.

. . .

“We have already seen evidence that the 40 Days for Life concept of prayerful vigil leads people with abortion experiences to seek healing,” said Carney. “This partnership will strengthen that message and hopefully bring others to reconciliation.”

More information is available at each of the Web sites quoted above.

Please pray all through these 40 days, combining your Lenten sacrifices with the intentions of all the pro-life movement.

True faith shapes the culture

March 5, 2009

Here is an article with powerful words from two Cardinals in Rome, regarding the role of faith in public life. It certainly contains important views for Americans in today’s culture.

Two Prominent Catholic Cardinals
Defend Religious Action in Public Life

By Hilary White

ROME, March 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two prominent Catholic cardinals have struck out at the secularist trend of excluding all religious belief from public life. The patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola, and Cardinal Camillo Ruini, a former president of the Italian Bishops Conference and the vicar for the diocese of Rome from 1991 to 2007, have warned Christians not to withdraw from active involvement in public life.

Writing in an editorial published February 20, in Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, Cardinal Scola wrote, “It seems to me that we often lose sight of the heart of the matter: every faith must always be subjected to a public cultural interpretation.” He quoted the late Pope John Paul II, who wrote, “A faith that does not become culture is not fully accepted, not fully thought out, not faithfully lived.

The two cardinals’ comments come in response to criticisms that the Church should have remained silent in the case of Eluana Englaro. Eluana, the young disabled woman sometimes described as “Italy’s Terri Schiavo,” died in early February after her food and hydration were removed with the permission of Italy’s courts. During the public debate over Eluana’s killing, leftists in Italy’s Parliament accused the Church of trying to create a “theocracy” and impose its will in the political arena.

“Faith,” Cardinal Scola wrote, “inevitably has to do with the reality of life and death, love and sorrow, labour and recreation and civic action.”

He criticised as “reductive” the two prevailing schools of thought on the action of Christianity on Italian civic life. He rejected both “Christianity as a civil religion” – a kind of “ethical cement” holding democracy together – and the idea that it is a purely internal matter for individuals concerned for their own salvation. The latter, he said, would leave no room for Christians to address key bioethical or political issues.

Cardinal Scola wrote the piece in response to criticisms by Enzo Bianchi, an influential lay preacher and founder of an “ecumenical” monastic-style community in Bose, who said that the fact that churchmen actively intervened in defence of Eluana’s life was “unworthy of the Christian approach.”

“Such an attitude,” Cardinal Scola said, “produces a dispersion (diaspora) of Christians in society and ends up hiding the human relevance of faith as such.” In this case “a silence is demanded that risks making adherence to Christ and to the Church meaningless in the eyes of others.”

The “implications of the mysteries” of Christian religious belief, he said, are “intertwined with the human affairs of all time, showing the beauty and fruitfulness of faith to everyday life.” Cardinal Scola used the example of the Church’s teaching on the sacredness of life and marriage: “If you believe that man is created in the image and likeness of God, you will have a certain conception of birth and death, the relationship between man and woman, marriage and the family.”

The implications lead all believers, including the Pope and bishops, “to talk humbly but strongly with everyone” on public issues. The Church, he said, is not interested in acquiring and imposing political power. “Its real purpose, in imitation of its founder, is to give everyone the consoling hope of eternal life.”

In Genoa on February 18, Camillo Cardinal Ruini warned of a new type of materialist secularism, the “conceptual nucleus” of which is “the conviction that man is entirely reducible to the physical universe,” and which has as its fundamental task “individual freedom,” interpreted strictly in material terms. Against this fundamental task, he said, “any form of discrimination is to be avoided.”

“This freedom, according to which in the final analysis everything is relative to the individual, is set up as the supreme ethical and legal criterion: every other position is admissible only as long as it does not challenge, but remains subordinate to this relativistic criterion. In this way, the moral norms of Christianity are systematically censored, at least in their public influence.”

But religious belief, and Christianity in particular, propose a transcendent meaning and purpose for human life that require certain restrictions on human activity for its fulfilment, said the cardinal. This has created what he called a “new schism” between Catholicism and materialist “secularists” in which the expression of Christian teaching is being suppressed.

“In this way, there has developed in the West that which Benedict XVI has repeatedly called ‘the dictatorship of relativism,’ meaning a form of culture that deliberately severs its own historical roots and constitutes a radical contradiction not only of Christianity, but more broadly of the religious and moral traditions of humanity.”

You can find the above article at:
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09030403.html.

New York Archbishop Announced

February 23, 2009

 News today:

Dolan to take over as
archbishop of New York

By Annysa Johnson
of the Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, whose gregarious pastoral style endeared him to a Catholic community in need of a morale boost, was named archbishop of New York this morning.

Sources with knowledge of the appointment said Sunday that Pope Benedict XVI would name the 59-year-old Dolan to succeed retiring Cardinal Edward M. Egan. The appointment was made official early today.

Dolan will take over an archdiocese of 2.5 million Catholics in what many consider the highest-profile position in the U.S. Catholic Church. The appointment all but ensures that Dolan ultimately will be named a cardinal.

This excerpt shows that Archbishop Dolan is an example of what all bishops should be!

Catholic critics complain that Dolan toes the Vatican line and does not abide dissent.

May God give him all the graces he needs to deal with the very different dynamics of New York compared with the Midwest!

Dolan will face his own challenges in New York, one of the most complex and ethnically diverse archdiocese in the country, in a media capital of the world where he will be scrutinized by outside and special interests in a way he has not been in Milwaukee, say experts on the Vatican and the Catholic Church in America.

Among the challenges, they said: persuading New Yorkers that he understands the history and character of the place; getting a handle on the administrative complexities of an operation the size of a Fortune 500 company; and handling financial pressures that will likely necessitate more parish and school closures.

In addition, he will be expected to be a spokesman for the U.S. church – a critical position now because the new president, Barack Obama, is seen as being at odds with some core Catholic teachings, said John Allen, a well-known Catholic Church observer who covers the Vatican for the National Catholic Reporter.

“The archbishop of New York is expected to be a national leader,” and his concerns are not exclusively the local church,” Allen said. “This is the big difference between Milwaukee and New York.”

See full article at
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/40067412.html
and numerous others that will surely be available. In addition to reading the full article, notice the section “The Dolan File” in the left sidebar of that page.

Know More, so there can one day be No More

February 17, 2009

Fr. Frank Pavone sends out newsletters that also have text available online, at least for awhile. The past columns seem to be available only in podcast format, so I’ll paste the full text of the current one here in case its print format is eventually not available at the link:

http://www.priestsforlife.org/columns/columns2009/09-02-09-extreme-compromise.htm

Extreme Compromise

by Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Newly-elected abortion advocates often try to paint their support for Roe vs. Wade [*1] and its companion case Doe vs. Bolton [*2] as mainstream. Some even think that the decisions constitute a “compromise” position on the divisive issue of abortion. After all, they say, our current national policy on abortion allows a woman to have a child if she wants, and to abort the child if she wants.

But Roe and Doe are about as far away from a “compromise” as you can find. The decisions allow for abortion throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy, and do not recognize any right of the unborn child to be spared death by abortion. With a nation divided about abortion, one might think that under a “compromise” solution one could find some reason to protect at least some unborn children. But in Roe and Doe, one searches in vain for any situation in which an unborn child is protected. As the University of Detroit Law Review pointed out, “The Supreme Court’s decisions…allowed abortion on demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy” (Paul B. Linton, Enforcement of State Abortion Statutes after Roe: A State-by-State Analysis, Vol. 67, Issue 2, Winter 1990).

In this framework, every unborn baby is disposable. Every. That’s hardly a “compromise” position.

“Leave it up to the woman to decide” sounds to many like a fair compromise. But this position completely destroys equality before the law, because it constitutes a complete removal of protection from the child. The lives of unborn children who are wanted and carried to term do not have any more protection from the law than the lives of unborn children who are unwanted and carried to the abortionist. The lives of the wanted are protected only by their “wantedness,” which, of course, can be subject to change at any time. As far as the law is concerned, they are all non-persons, regardless of circumstance. That’s hardly a “compromise.”

A “compromise” usually, and by definition, allows some accommodation to both sides in the dispute. But current abortion policy allows no accommodation to the claims that innocent human life makes upon us.

The more you know about the Roe and Doe decisions, the clearer this becomes. In fact, the Gallup polling company, in an extensive analysis of the opinions of Americans on abortion, admits that the level of support in surveys for Roe vs. Wade is lower if more information about the decision itself is offered in the question, and higher if less information is offered.

These are important points to bring up in communicating with pro-abortion elected officials.

In Judgment at Nuremberg, one of those responsible for the Holocaust says that he “never thought it would go that far,” and was told that it “went that far” as soon as a single innocent life was taken. There is no room for “compromising” about human life. Permitting one life to be destroyed is already extreme. Unless we’re all protected, we’re all in danger.

* links in the online version of the article:

[1] =
 http://www.priestsforlife.org/government/supremecourt/7301roevwade.htm

[2] =
http://www.priestsforlife.org/government/supremecourt/7301doevbolton.htm

The comments by Fr. Pavone regarding the polling results when people are properly informed about the Roe and Doe decisions reminds me of a site that has a “quiz” to identify what people really know about those court cases. Please go to the quiz site and see for yourself how well informed you already are, and what you need to learn better. Then encourage others to learn more, too, since the more people who KNOW more, the better the likelihood that more people will say NO more abortion!

http://www.roeiqtest.com/ui/index.php

You might also want to add the link to your own Web sites, to encourage more people to participate.

Your “yes” can change the world

February 4, 2009

The site http://unbornwordoftheday.com has many beautiful reflections as well as artwork depicting the unborn Child Jesus in the womb of His mother Mary.

Today that site has a particularly good point for meditation in its post titled “Let It Be Done To Me According To Thy Word” which talks about how Mary’s “yes” led to the world’s transformation:

Let us ponder the power and grace that flooded the world when Christ was conceived in Mary’s womb. At the one cell stage, Christ fundamentally changed the world.

Christ wanted to show humanity how special that one cell stage is by fundamentally changing the world at that beginning point of His Incarnate life.

He raised that moment in each person’s life to a dignity and beauty that we will never fully comprehend.

Each of us can carry that message to others, as we urge others to say “yes” to the Culture of Life in our local communities, our nation, and our world. (You can read the full posting at http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2009/02/04/let-it-be-it-done-to-me-according-to-thy-word/.)

Here is one example of the artwork (part of the January 31 posting) on that blog. In this case, the image is a photo taken during the March for Life, rather than the art directly.

The caption given with the photo says:

From the ByzanTEENS at the March for Life this year, an icon of the Visitation, showing not only Mary and Elizabeth, but John the Baptist and Jesus in their mothers’ wombs. Notice that John is kneeling and Jesus is blessing him.

(You can click the photo to enlarge it and see the details better.)

Finally, their December 31, 2008 post is titled “2000 Years Marks 42 Years of Prophetic Pro-Life Witness in America” and can be read at http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2008/12/31/2009-marks-40-years-of-prophetic-pro-%e2%80%93-life-witness-in-america/. The words there may encourage you to persevere in your pro-life work as St. Paul said,

“I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith” (in 2 Timothy 4:7).

Another bishop from St. Louis speaks out

January 28, 2009

It seems that the (arch)bishops from St. Louis, Missouri tend to be strong voices for the Church’s teachings in the face of cultural declines. There was Archbishop Justin Rigali (now Cardinal and stationed in Philadelphia), then Archbishop Raymond Burke (most likely to become a Cardinal and already stationed in Rome), and now Bishop Robert J. Hermann who is archdiocesan administrator while awaiting appontment of a new archbishop.

Here are links to what Bishop Hermann has recently said about the direction of the new admininistration of the U.S.:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jan/09012708.html

MUST READ: Bishop Hermann of St. Louis – Strongest Ever Pro-Life Column

By Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Archdiocesan Administrator

January 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Editor’s note: The following are excerpts from the column of Bishop Hermann published in the St. Louis Review and republished by LifeSiteNews.com with permission. (To read the whole column, see: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jan/09012707.html)

In our Supreme Court and in our Congress, we have a plethora of so-called Catholics who are failing to live their Catholic identity. Over 50 percent of our electorate voted for a president who is one of the most pro-culture-of-death candidates from a major party to run for the highest office of the land.

Yes, we can thank one-half of our Catholics for bailing out on their faith!

After almost 50 years of having 50 percent of Catholics abandoning their Catholic identity, we cannot expect to turn this culture around by short-term political efforts.

In order to bring about a transformation from a culture of death to a culture of life, we have to restore our Catholic identity.

This means that all of us, as Catholics, have to undergo a profound transformation. It means that we have to take a good look at every facet of our Catholic life, including the serious study of life issues, the regular and devout use of our Sacramental system, especially the devout and weekly attendance at Mass, the regular reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the devout praying of the daily Rosary, and then the faithful, loving and firm witness to lax Catholics about our Catholic beliefs and practices.

We have to live our lives in such a way that we will be unafraid to witness to what we believe and live.

I may courageously say that I am willing to die to end abortion, but am I equally willing to say that I am ready to let my ego get ruffled daily for the same cause? Yet … that is where I need to arrive if I am to be a credible witness.

What a glorious opportunity we all have to make a difference in the pro-life cause. Until we are willing to be politically incorrect in order to be biblically correct, we will never convince anyone that our religion is worth living.

It does not take 100 percent of our Catholics to transform this country. If 75 percent of our Catholics were steeped in Catholic identity, the abortion issue would be over for our entire country.

For the whole column by Bishop Hermann see:
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jan/09012707.html

This link goes to biographical information about Bishop Hermann:
http://www.archstl.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=85&Itemid=63

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Here is a collection of links about Archbishop Burke (who as far as I can tell has not yet been named a Cardinal):

http://www.archstl.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=87&Itemid=87

http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2008/06/chief-justice-st-louis-cardinal.html

http://www.americanpapist.com/2008/06/flash-archbishop-raymond-burke-of-st.html

http://www.americanpapist.com/labels/archbishop%20burke.html

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jan/09012805.html

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You can read biographical and other information about Cardinal Rigali at
http://www.archphila.org/rigali/indexrigali.htm.

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And yes, as often happens with my blog posts, I haven’t read through everything that I’m referencing. So if now or at any time you find something that you think is incompatible with the intent of this blog, please let me know so that I can check into it!

Might our country go this way, too?

January 28, 2009

Article about the forced indoctrination program in all schools in Spain, including private schools:
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jan/09012709.html

Spanish Supreme Court Deadlocked Over Allowing Families to Opt Out of Homosexual Indoctrination Program

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

MADRID, January 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Spanish Supreme Court has been deadlocked for two days over whether or not to permit parents to remove their children from a government civics program that indoctrinates students with homosexual ideology.

The program, entitled “Education for Citizenship,” instructs teachers to “revise the student’s attitude towards homosexuality” and to teach children to reject “existing discrimination for reason of sex, origin, social differences, affective-sexual, or whatever other type” and to carry out a “critical evaluation of the social and sexual division of labor and racist, xenophobic, sexist, and homophobic social prejudices.”

The Catholic Church and numerous individuals have protested the program, which is mandatory throughout Spain, including the nation’s private schools, although the latter have the option of ignoring individual directives in the program.

The case before the Spanish Supreme Court is an appeal of a decision of the highest court of the Spanish Province of Andalucía, which ruled that people may sue to prevent their children from being indoctrinated in the program, but later ruled against a particular group of families seeking exemption.

In addition to the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case, sixty-five organizations and groups in Spain have signed a manifesto denouncing Education for Citizenship as an attack on their civil rights.

“In every age the right of families to educate their children has had the same enemy: ideological indoctrination,” the manifesto states, and goes on to say that Education for Citizenship “is morally, intellectually, and politically inadmissible because it means obligatory indoctrination for Spanish children and adolescents with a particular ideology that is gravely damaging for people and society.”

The LifeSiteNews site has additional information about this that you may want to read.