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Causa Nostrae Laetitiae

My latest show on "The Face of Pro-Life"

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Is up on Air Maria.

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CT: SB 899 Passes with protection for religious liberty

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

from the Family Institute of CT
SB 899 Passes–But *Only* After Being Amended to Protect Religious Liberty!
The headline on The Courant’s website nicely summarizes the end result of the fight over SB 899: “Amendment Gives Religious Organizations Exemption to Same-Sex Ruling.” Make no mistake: The amendment is not perfect and SB 899 itself is the result of an illegitimate court ruling, not the will of the people.
That said, the bill passed last night is a significant improvement for religious liberty in the wake of that ruling. After the Kerrigan same-sex “marriage” decision, religious liberty in Connecticut was left wide open to each and every one of the ssm-related attacks on it that have occurred elsewhere. The amendment passed last night goes beyond Kerrigan and gives protections to religious liberty in Connecticut that Kerrigan did not. The amendment also gives religious liberty many of the protections which were explicitly rejected by the Judiciary Committee last month. (more…)

Take action to preserve doctor’s freedom of conscience

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Cardinal Newman Society has joined with dozens of other organizations and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to try to save conscience protections for pro-life doctors and nurses.

The Obama Administration is actively working to remove sensible conscience protections that prevent doctors and nurses from being discriminated against when they refuse to perform morally objectionable procedures, such as abortions.

Please, pro-life doctors and nurses need your help today!

There is a public comment period on removing the conscience protections that ends on Holy Thursday, April 9th.

Pro-life organizations are working with a website called Freedom2Care.org where you may learn more about what is at stake and send your public comments to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Don’t delay. Visit
Freedom2Care.org or the special button on the top of the sidebar today!

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Pro-family rally in Hartford to oppose homosexual teaching in schools

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

from the Family Institute of Connecticut
FIC Action Rally/Lobby Day on April 7th!

The Lawlor-and-McDonald-controlled Judiciary Committee has approved the most extreme bill possible to codify the court’s same-sex “marriage” ruling. It makes almost no provision for religious liberty, takes away the conscience rights of justices of the peace and will likely lead to a state mandate to teach homosexuality in our schools!

We need your help to stop this awful bill and the transgendered special rights bill which may soon be voted out of this same Committee! (On transgender bill, see the link at the bottom of this message.) (more…)

Bishops organizing to enforce Canon 915 in DC

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

What good would it do if good Bishop Naumann of Kansas City enforces a ban on pro-abortion Governor Sibelius’ reception of Communion if, when she is HHS Secretary, she can receive publicly in Washington? Thankfully, Archbishop Wuerl and Bishop Loverde of Virginia have agreed to back up the enforcement of Canon 915 in DC as well. Maybe the bishop of Maryland had better get on board, to be sure.
‘This will send the message to other bishops that if they choose to pronounce members of Congress from their dioceses unfit for communion, their authority will be respected in D.C. and across the Potomac in Virginia.
The ramifications are enormous: For example, if Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston stated publicly that Sen. John Kerry was in violation of Canon 915, he would not have been able to receive communion at Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass in Washington, D.C., a year ago. Rep. Nancy Pelosi would not have been able to celebrate her elevation to speaker of the House with a special Mass at Trinity College,if Archbishop Neiderhauer had found her wanting according to the standard of Canon 915.’
Read the entire story in Inside Catholic

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My St Patrick’s Day Montage

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I created this in honor of St Patrick. For a translation of the haunting Ag Criost an Siol the second song on the montage, click here.

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Catholic League has booklet debunking "Angels and Demons"

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

from the Catholic League
A booklet on the upcoming movie, “Angels & Demons,” written by Catholic League president Bill Donohue, is now available. “Angels & Demons”: More Demonic Than Angelic debunks the myths, lies and smears told about the Catholic Church. The film, which opens May 15, is based on Dan Brown’s book, Angels & Demons. Ron Howard directs the movie.

The booklet offers a detailed account of the lies told not only about the Catholic Church, but about many other issues, events and persons mentioned by Brown-Howard. In particular, it sets the record straight on the relationship between Catholicism and science; it has a separate section on Galileo. It closes with evidence of the anti-Catholic agenda of those associated with the film.

It is available for $5, including shipping and handling.

Click here to order the booklet.

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Fr Eueteneuer shines the moral spotlight in Kansas

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Brownback – Turncoat

I am not a politician, I am a priest. So I would like to give my priestly perspective about the recent endorsement of Senator Sam Brownback for the candidacy of Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services: Senator Brownback’s cowardly betrayal of his Catholic faith is even more damaging than his political permission for this renegade to take office. (more…)

Bishop Lori’s statement on anti-Catholic legislation

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Diocesan Statement on Proposed Legislative Bill # 1098 / 2009
This past Thursday, the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut State Legislature, which is chaired by Sen. Andrew McDonald of Stamford and Rep. Michael Lawlor of East Haven, introduced a bill that directly attacks the Roman Catholic Church and our Faith.
This bill violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It forces a radical reorganization of the legal, financial, and administrative structure of our parishes
. This is contrary to the Apostolic nature of the Catholic Church because it disconnects parishes from their Pastors and their Bishop. Parishes would be run by boards from which Pastors and the Bishop would be effectively excluded.
This bill, moreover, is a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage.
The State has no right to interfere in the internal affairs and structure (more…)

NY Times article on the comeback of confession

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

“You turn on Oprah and you have women crying to her, confessing what they’ve gone through,” Ms. Marchetti said. “Everyone is so quick to tell the world their problems, but they won’t tell a priest.”
In the hope of reversing those engines, the Catholic diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., has mounted what it calls a “Lenten Confession Campaign.” The diocese’s 87 churches, which include St. John’s, will be offering confession for two hours every Tuesday night in addition to the usual Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning periods. (more…)

Good news for timid pastors

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Good News: Ninth Circuit Upholds Church’s Constitutional Rights
You CAN take a stand on a political issue in church, if even the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit upholds it.
from Focus on the Family
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a ruling Wednesday that held a Montana church in violation of the law for speaking about the state’s marriage amendment. (more…)

Even in our economic crisis Dems find money to force abortions on the Chinese

Friday, February 27th, 2009

from the Family Research Council
Yesterday, we praised representatives from both parties who signed a letter to the Democratic leadership sponsored by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) urging them to protect the pro-life provisions in each appropriations bill–or, at the very least, grant members the chance to vote on amendments to restore them. Although the letter had an impressive number of signatories (181) from both parties, the Democratic leadership pushed forward with a bloated omnibus bill worth $410 billion. The legislation included $50 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) even though UNFPA violates the Kemp-Kasten provision by supporting China’s forced abortion and sterilization programs. (more…)

HLI warned the Holy Father about Pelosi

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Many faithful Catholics, myself included worried that Nancy Pelosi would use her audience with the Holy Father as a self-affirming photo op. Human Life International among others, made sure that didn’t happen. We have many friends in Rome. (more…)

Pelosi will not change on abortion

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Pelosi’s spokesman, Brendan Daly confirmed with me just minutes ago that she has no plans to change her position on abortion.
“She has said, as it says in the Democratic party platform, she wants to reduce the number of abortions,” said Daly. “But she will remain pro-choice.”

No surprise here, just the usual disappointment. Keep up the prayers, Lent is coming.
Read the entire story on the NC Register blog.

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Forming a Bishop Martino Fan Club

Friday, February 20th, 2009

For your outspoken defense of human life from Catholic-in-name-only politicians (Bob Casey Jr. are YOU listening?) for your defense of the Holy Eucharist from being sacrilegiously received by said politicians on the illustrious feast day of St Patrick in your cathedral. and for your defense of Catholic Colleges in his home diocese from speakers who defame traditional marriage,

we salute you, Bishop Martino!
You are a true shepherd of souls!
Read Deacon Fournier’s column on Catholic Online.
Go and join the Facebook group I just created: Fans of Bishop Martino of Scranton PA.

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