Archive for September, 2008
I’ve been down at Ground Zero a couple of times. Nothing extraordinary happened either time. I felt the place was cold – not the weather, the place. I spent an hour there both times. Each time I was amazed at how quickly the hour went. I have a place where I stand. It’s over a manhole cover, right before the curb. I stand there holding a sign and saying the Rosary and the Divine Chaplet. I try to keep my focus. I watch people and their reactions. Some smirk. Some walk a little quicker. Others put their head down. Still others appear clueless.
How is it that such killing centres exist? Where is the anger and the outrage? Why are we so comfortable with these extermination chambers? And when will it all end? Will I see the end of abortion in my lifetime? Or will it continue well after my death? Just how long is God going to let this slaughter continue?
When I think of what an abortion does to an unborn child, I become ill. As a father, I can’t stand it. I really can’t. I lose my mind and my composure if I think about it too much. Fathers protect. They defend. And yet we can’t do a damn thing. We’re helpless. No one will listen to the unborn children’s screams. We have no legal or political options. There is nothing we can do except watch and witness, standing there in front of Morgentaler’s Abortion Mill, begging our Eternal Father to DO SOMETHING. God help us. Please. Give us some hope. Just once. That’s all I need to show me that we are not doing this in vain. Please. Let your kingdom come. Just one time. That’s not too much to ask. Hope. Hope. Hope. Give me hope.
Canadian Bishops Issue Pastoral Letter Encouraging Faithfulness to Anti-Contraception Encyclical Humanae Vitae
By John-Henry Westen
Although the Bishops’ statement did not address the infamous Winnipeg Statement – a document dissenting from Humanae Vitae which was issued by the Canadian bishops on September 27, 1968 and never recanted – the present document is in full conformity with Humanae Vitae.
“There has to be a vigorous application of what’s in the document at the parish level which would impact counseling to married couples, teaching them the ‘why’,” he said. Bishops have to commit themselves to teaching since there has been a vacuum in their teaching on the matter for forty years.”
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John McCain seems to be right about alot of things, Barack.
So, why do we need you?
Loved that “No” at the end, didn’t you?
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(The list is in chronological order with the oldest posting at the bottom of the list.)
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It is a sorely needed document to help re-establish the Church’s teaching on contraception in Canada, which has, for the past 40 years, been shaped by the heretical Winnipeg Statement and whose 40th anniversary tomorrow (Sept.27) we also mark.
I couldn’t help chuckle at this paragraph:
How sad that the bishops didn’t recognize Humanae Vitae’s ”prophetic character” when they wrote the Winnipeg Statement 40 years ago. It would have saved our society much pain, suffering, and death now and well into the forseeable future. It was an epic disaster of epic proportions.
I very much doubt that we will ever see a formal retraction of the Winnipeg Statement now. But, at least, its ”teaching authority” can hopefully be trapped in those 40 years from September 27, 1968 to September 26, 2008. Let’s hope that no one ever opens that pandora’s box again.
Ultimately, The Rosarium wanted the Canadian Church to reflect the teaching of Rome. This document now does that. For the 40 years previously, the Canadian Church’s position on birth control did not reflect the teachings of Rome. Those responsible for creating and promoting and defending the Winnipeg Statement will have to give an account at the Judgement.
Although our end game was to get the Winnipeg Statement retracted, there would have been a void with a simple retraction. This Statement fills this void with a strong teaching document.
In some ways, it’s a victory for us. Because they didn’t even mention the Winnipeg Statement, it’s almost as if they weren’t even acknowledging it. In the past they’ve always tried to justify its “interpretation”. There was none of that this time around.
Pastoral documents, by their very nature, are restricted to their time. They are not a doctrinal statement per se. Pastoral documents are binding until they are later 1) withdrawn or 2) superceded. We received #2. And I’ll take that to the bank any day.
I’m not sure how much influence The Rosarium had in the end, but I’d like to think it was a modest influence. God bless Msgr. Vincent Foy’s faithfulness these past 40 years for holding the line and being a thorn in the side of the bishops by his constant witness. He is a true priest of God, if there ever was one. Also to be thanked are the nearly 2000 people who signed our petition. Their prayers did not go unanswered.
Despite this wonderful document, however, The Rosarium will continue to call for the formal retraction of the Winnipeg Statement.
So today is Day 3 at ”Ground Zero”. Ground Zero is the phrase I’m using describe the Morgentaler Abortion Mill at 65 Bank Street (3rd floor) in Ottawa. Since the opening rally on Parliament Hill and procession to the abortuary, I haven’t been able to get out. I’ve been swamped with about 25 emails per day, most of them for new registrations. The response from Ottawa has been very encouraging indeed. I’m going to get a chance over the next couple of days, though. Given some of the Ground Zero reports here and here, I’m eager to get up there.
Anyhow, yesterday my wife took a call from a grandmother. She has 14 grandchildren. She wanted to register for 14 hours - one for each of her grandchildren. We were really touched by that, as we have been with the extraordinary sacrifices of many people. And we’re only just beginning!
When we think of abortion, many of us turn our hearts to the unborn children and their mothers. And rightly so. However, as difficult as it is, we must also remember the abortionists and those who work in the abortion industry. They are under a great spiritual blindness that only prayer and fasting or even great personal tragedy can overcome. Consider, for instance, this story which appeared on LifeSiteNews.com a couple of days ago:
And so, let us remember the abortionists. They have the potential, along with women who have had abortions, to be the deciding factor in this war, if they were ever to repent of their actions. Indeed our war is not against persons, but against spiritual forces which are demanding the destruction of innocent human life.
For those involved with abortion, I say, let there be no fear in turning away from abortion – no matter how many you’ve had or how many you’ve committed. God’s unfathomable mercy covers even these heinous crimes and delivers everyone from the slavery of sin and the culture of death!
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Last night on Parliament Hill, approximately 500 people attended the Kick-Off Rally to launch the 40 Days for Life Campaign. We join now with over 160 cities across North America (including Ottawa and Halifax in Canada) to bring about the end of abortion.
Frankly, I was shocked at the number of people who came out, considering the modest attempts at getting the word out. The crowd was rather lively, and although we were there to witness to the sanctity of human life and the tragedy of abortion, it was a festive atmosphere filled with great expectation and hope. Even the fair lady was there. Some of us could smell her roses.
The speeches touched on the need for sacrifice through prayer and fasting during the 40 days. That seemed to be a consistent theme throughout the evening. The speakers were challenging those assembled to take on this challenge seriously, and remarked that if we were serious about engaging the spiritual battle against abortion, then God would come to our assistance and secure the victory.
There was indeed a consensus from everyone there that something was changing in Canada. And that this evening of September 23, 2008 will have, in the light of history, something to do with it.
After the speeches, we made our way by candle light procession – 2 by 2 – from Parliament Hill down to the Morgentaler Abortion Mill at 65 Bank Street. It was an incredibly powerful and solemn event. When we arrived, we stood there as a group across the street from the abortuary. We held our candles. We prayed. We sang.
As I stood there looking at the cold, grey building where babies are being butchered and women’s lives are being ruined, my mind turned to the biblical account of the Walls of Jericho. I looked around at the hundreds of people gathered around, and I thought to myself: the trumpeters have arrived.
Candlelight Vigil Procession:
Angelina Steenstra – Part 1:
Angelina Streenstra – Part 2:
Angelina Steenstra – Part 3
Fr. Galen Bank:
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is going to make it very uncomfortable for Obama and Biden.
Good luck, chaps, trying to — what did he say? — oh yes, put lipstick on a pig.
And this one too. My goodness, it doesn’t look good for liberals. They need the nominal Catholic vote which comprises over 25% of the U.S. electorate. If these kind of newsreports become more commonplace, you can kiss abortion good bye forever.
I haven’t had much time to blog about the rather remarkable implosion of the Obamanites over Sarah Palin. I’ve offered a couple of entries here and here, among other more incidental postings. During the night of the convention, I, along with millions of North Americans, heard that gritty song from the 70s by Heart called Barracuda, following Palin’s speech. The song was referring to Sarah Palin’s nickname, ”Barracuda”, symbolizing her tenacious character.
Well, like all anthem songs which conservatives use for their political campaigns, they are invariably written and performed by social liberals. That usually means that when the song is picked to introduce a conservative candidate, the liberal peons are on the phone immediately to the Democratic campaign demanding that they contact the said artist(s) to let them know that the nasty Republican Party is using their song – without permission, of course.
The last time I heard that happening was with Daryl Hall of Hall & Oats during the last presidential election. I don’t recall the particulars, but the gist of it was the same thing. This stuff happens all the time.
But this weekend I got an education on how the “business” side of this whole thing works from my brother-in-law. Like many people, I naturally assumed that you needed to get the permission of the artist to play one of their songs in a public venue (as would have been the case with the Republican National Convention). So when I heard the next day that the Wilson sisters had contacted their lawyers about issuing a “cease and desist” order, I thought, well, here we go again. Still, it bothered me that the Republicans would be so stupid to open themselves up to a potentially large lawsuit. Little did I know that that such fear was rather misplaced.
It turns out that once you sign on the dotted line of a standard contractual agreement in the music business (with very few exceptions), it’s all about making money. Politics is rarely, if ever, involved.
And that’s the way it was in the case of Heart, Barracuda, and the Republican National Convention:
So, in other words, the RNC paid ASCAP. ASCAP, in turn, paid the Wilson’s record label, and the record label paid the Wilson sisters. That means the RNC had every legal right to play the song because it paid the fee. The “cease and desist” order therefore was just a bone Heart threw to the liberalti to have with their kool-aid.
In some ways, everyone got what they wanted, as the band’s former guitarist noted above.
The RNC got to use the song in a masterful marketing move.
Heart got the bucks and the publicity.
And the liberal peons felt good that Heart issued a phony cease and desist order — even if it was written to pretend to have some authority — moral or otherwise. The chicks haven’t figured out that when you sell out, you don’t call the shots anymore. Your “art” is basically public property — for a price, of course.
I must say that this story so typifies the relationship between the rich liberal hierarchy and their useful idiots on the ground.
Obama has been busted on his pro-infanticide views for sometime now, but only recently has he figured out that it’s not exactly an A1 seller for the majority of Americans. They’re not quite with him on that right now. Not only does abortion have a hard sell in the U.S. election, infanticide is really a no-go area. Unlike Canada, it’s still not a chic thing to do AT ALL in the U.S. where they still have some semblance of decency left.
Obama thought that he was taking the next progressive step in killing born children after botched abortions. He wanted to show his constituency that he supported more barbarian reproductive “rights” than Hillary Clinton did. But now it’s going to be the noose that hangs his political career.
When you buy the pro-abort suit, you have to wear it the rest of your political career, Bama boy. It got you to the place where you are now. No sense in calling out a “despicable lie” when it’s all true.
Just go with it and proudly and loudly tell Americans that it’s all just part of your “Change” message.
Check out Born Alive Truth.org .
Please note the following important events…..
1) KICK OFF RALLY – The 40 Days for Life Kick-off Rally will take place between 7 and 9 PM on Parliament Hill on next Tuesday September 23rd. There will be speeches, music and much more. It will end with a candlelight Procession from Parliament Hill to the Abortion facility where the 40-day-around-the-clock vigil will begin. This will be a truly awesome event!
PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO ATTEND.
Be sure to come out to hear Joe Zambon, a young Catholic musician who will be there on Parliament Hill to provide some musical entertainment.
Check out his website to listen to his awesome music, and be sure to support our young Christian artists: http://www.myspace.com/joezambon
2) BEING HUMAN: This Sunday night at 9:00 pm, EWTN TV will air a special documentary on 40 Days for Life campaign entitled “being HUMAN: 40 Days for Life II”. It includes interviews with leaders such as Fr. Frank Pavone, former abortionists and others on how 40 Days for Life is renewing hope across North America. If you don’t have a cable reception, you can view EWTN live on the Internet via this link:
BEING HUMAN (the original version) can be viewed here:
3) LATE NIGHT COUNSELL: Nicole Campbell, our Campaign Director, will be on Late Night Counsell with CFRA 580AM Radio host, John Counsell. She will be on the program next Wednesday September 24 from 10pm-midnight. Don’t miss it and spread the word!
4) RELEASE THE POWER OF THE BLOG! Throughout the Campaign, I encourage you all to check the blog regularly to read about the experiences and accounts from vigil participants. I will be videotaping the Kick Off Rally and the Procession from Parliament Hill on Sept. 23. You can also keep up to date on the vigil schedule so you know when we need help in filling in the time slots. The side menu also has many other resources and important links like pro-life prayers, apologetic resources and much more!
5) VIGIL SCHEDULE: You hoo! Over here. That’s right a little closer…little closer….Have I got your attention? Good. You need to sign up for a few more hours. And/Or you need to recruit more family and friends. Lots of slots to fill, not much time to do it. Pay particular attention to Sept. 24 and 25.
6) WEATHER: Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Bring an umbrella with you if the forecast calls for rain.
7) BATTLE BEGINS: The battle against abortion has always been a spiritual battle. Before anything happens in the political realm or even the educational realm, we must remove the spiritual blindness that covers the hearts of men and women. Abortion exists as the great anti-sacrifice of our time, the fruit of unrestrained indulgence. And so we need to counter that with prayer, fasting, and a very healthy dose of sacrifice. Sacrifice vs. Anti-Sacrifice. It’s that simple. That’s where the battle is at. Abortion will never be overcome without penance and sacrifice and that’s what this campaign is all about. So, in the early hours in the morning, through the cold, the rain, through the occasional insult, sometimes alone, sometimes with others, always surrounded by the heavenly angelic host, we engage in the most important battle that has ever been waged in the history of mankind – the battle for life itself.
Perhaps it will take many years for some political movement to breakthrough, but we’re making the eternal investment now to bring it about. Perhaps some of us won’t taste the fruit of our sacrifices this side of heaven, but at the very least we’ll all be able to say to those aborted children who didn’t make it: we were there because we loved you; we were your witnesses, we offered the sacrifice that was denied to you. And for those who did make it because of God working through us, they and their posterity are our triumph and reward.
So we now fight the hell that awaits the unborn in Morgentaler’s Mill. We pray, we fast, we make reparation, we counter the indulgence of the age. Sadly, many have let our pleas for support go in one ear and out the other. I pity them who have to give an account on the Last Day.
But for us, we answered the call so the time is here.
Ring the Church Bell.
And let’s get it on.
This is the kind of heroic action that we need. Good for Koelzer. It’s only through personal sacrifices – and a lot of them – that things can really start to change.
“Birth control pill? No, ma’am. Not here. And I’m not going to give you a referral either.”
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Hanoi, Sep. 19, 2008 (CWNews.com) – Eight months after promising to restore Church ownership of a building that once housed the office of the apostolic nuncio in Hanoi, Vietnamese authorities have suddenly begun demolishing the building, provoking the outrage of Catholic protestors and drawing a heated protest from the city’s archbishop.
Very early on Friday morning, September 19, hundreds of police assembled in front of the archbishop’s residence in Hanoi, blocking access to the residence, the cathedral, and all roads leading to the nearby nunciature. Dozens of bulldozers moved into the area and began digging out the lawn of the nunciature. At 6 am, after police and demolition workers were in place, state-controlled television and radio broadcasts announced that the government had decided to demolish the building, to convert the land into a public playground.
Priests at St. Joseph’s cathedral rang the steeple bells, summoning local Catholics to the site to join in a public protest. But those who managed to find a way through police lines were arrested on the site.
An American reporter, Ben Stocking, the Hanoi bureau chief for Associated Press, was beaten by police when he tried to take photos of the confrontations at the nunciature. He was arrested and released, but his camera was confiscated. The US embassy lodged a formal protest of the incident.
In a strong letter of protest delivered to Vietnamese authorities, Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet of Hanoi said that the sudden demolition of the building “smears the legitimate aspirations of the Hanoi Catholic community.” He charged that the government’s decision to renege on the earlier commitment to restore the building was an act “mocking society’s conscience.”
“This development is going against the policy of dialogue that the government and the archbishop’s office are conducting,” the archbishop pointed out. In February the government had agreed to restore Church control of the property, which had been seized by the Communist government 45 years ago.
The government made that concession after thousands of local Catholics engaged in daily prayer vigils at the site, pleading for the return of the building. As the demonstrators began to clash with police, the Vatican intervened to broker a diplomatic deal, in which the protests were ended in exchange for the government’s promise that the building would be restored.
The government’s reversal of that promise came as tensions between Catholics and local officials rose in Hanoi– both at the nunciature and at the Thai Ha parish, where a similar protest has been taking place involving the confiscated property of a Redemptorist monastery.
In a separate incident in the early-morning hours of September 19, a gang broke into the Thai Ha parish church and ransacked the sanctuary, spraying oil on statues.
Yesterday the Redemptorist priests at Thai Ha confirmed reports that they had been “invited” to speak with local officials about their property dispute. The officials showed the priests documents purporting to confirm a legal sale of the property in 1961. But the sales document was written in a computer format that did not exist at that time.
In the central Indian diocese of Jabalpur, where Catholics form only 0.3% of the population, two men set fire to the 150-year-old cathedral and caused irreparable damage to the altar. In Orissa, where the current wave of persecution began, reports are emerging of forced conversions of Christians to Hinduism.
In the Karnataka state, Christians enjoyed a mild reprieve as government officials said that they would not take action against the administrator of Christian schools who closed down the institutions on August 29 to protest the violence against their fellow Christians in Orisssa. Although the state government accused the Christian institutions of ‘violating the norms,’ Church officials pointed out the state law provides discretionary power to’private educational institutions to declare 5 holidays in a year.