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Dear Friend,
     
The UN will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this December 10th. 
   
To celebrate this occasion, radical pro-abortion groups intend to present the UN General Assembly with petitions calling for a universal right to abortion. 
  
The largest, richest and most powerful pro-abortion groups are even now planning their attack on the unborn at the General Assembly.
   
Campaigns are being waged right now by International Planned Parenthood Federation and Maire Stopes International, the two groups responsible for more abortions than any other groups in the world. Both are beloved of the powers that be at the UN; and their efforts to promote an international right to abortion are welcomed by many UN Member States, perhaps most of the UN bureaucracy, and powerful US foundations that give millions to promote abortion at the UN and around the world. 
   
We must stop them this December. 
   
I am writing to ask you to sign a petition calling on UN Members States to interpret the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as protecting the unborn child from abortion. Did you know that the Universal Declaration calls for a right to life? Did you know that UN committees now interpret that as a right to abortion? We can stop them. 
       
Please go HERE to sign the petition which we will present at the UN on December 10th, the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the very least we must match what the pro-abortion advocates will present to the UN that day! They will present thousands and thousands of names. WE MUST MATCH THEM!
  
Go HERE to sign the petition and then please send this email to all of your family and friends. Our goal is to present 50,000+ names to the General Assembly. We need your help right now to block the pro-aborts from making huge progress for abortion at the UN. 
  
We are going to run this campaign for the next six weeks. There is plenty of time to get this petition to everyone in your address book and all around the world. This is an international right. Please help us now.
   
Imagine the look on their faces when we slam down 50,000 names! Be a part of that. Sign the petition HERE and send this all over the world. 
    
Yours sincerely,
   
Austin Ruse  
President
C-FAM    
(The only pro-life group working exclusively on UN social policy)

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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.

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Canadian Bishops Issue Pastoral Letter Encouraging Faithfulness to Anti-Contraception Encyclical Humanae Vitae
Say sterilization and contraception are against God’s plan for sexuality

By John-Henry Westen
 
OTTAWA, September 29, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the close of their 2008 Plenary Assembly which met in Cornwall, 22-26 September, the Bishops of Canada issued a pastoral letter, titled “Liberating Potential,” which invites all the faithful “to discover or rediscover,” the message of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae, issued by Pope Paul VI in 1968. 

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.
 
“Abortion, sterilization and contraception are in opposition to the Creator’s intention at the heart of sexual intercourse, preventing, if God so desires, the creation of a unique soul for the unique body that the spouses help to form,” says Liberating Potential.
 
The Plenary Assembly described the 1968 encyclical as a “prophetic document,” especially in view of “the troubling evolution of two fundamental human institutions, marriage and the family.” The message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) goes on to say that the family and marriage “continue to be affected by the contraceptive mentality feared and rejected in the encyclical of Pope Paul VI.”
 
The Bishops of Canada point out what they say is an important link between Humanae Vitae and the “theology of the body,” developed by Pope John Paul II between 1979 and 1984. Their pastoral letter is in fact as much a discourse on theology of the body as on Humanae Vitae.
 
“In short,” they say, “Pope Paul Vl’s encyclical Humanae Vitae and the subsequent ‘theology of the body’ developed by Pope John Paul II issue an immense challenge to a world that is too often occupied with protecting itself against the extraordinary life potential of sexuality.”
 
In their message, the Bishops of Canada also call for a more profound reflection on married life and on the meaning of sexual intercourse. “Catholics and all men and women of good will” are encouraged to reflect on both in the light of Humanae Vitae and the “theology of the body.”  “Sexuality is a friend, a gift of God,” they state. “It is revealed to us by the Trinitarian God” who invites Christians and others “to reveal it in turn in all its grandeur and dignity to our contemporaries at this start of the third millennium.”
 
The Bishops concluded, “In continuity with Paul VI and John Paul II and under the teachings of Benedict XVI, we invite Catholics and all men and women of good will to promote and defend life and the family.”
 
John Pacheco, a director of The Rosarium, a Catholic group which has sought to have the Winnipeg Statement overturned, praised the new statement in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com. “It’s a solid document and I think that it will go a long way to addressing a lot of concerns and fears of faithful Catholics,” said Pacheco.  “It effectively supersedes the Winnipeg statement,” he said. 
 
Regarding the Winnipeg Statement Pacheco said it’s “no longer the official position of the Canadian bishops.”  While he maintains the Winnipeg statement should be formally retracted, Pacheco suggested that with the current document, the Winnipeg Statement is “de facto retracted.”  Pacheco said, however, that the new push for faithfulness to Humanae Vitae must go beyond the paper to application.

“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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Below is a list of links to articles and news reports that chronicles the efforts of The Rosarium to get the Winnipeg Statement retracted.  The Winnipeg Statement was a dissenting document against Humanae Vitae which prohibited contraception as a method of birth regulation.

(The list is in chronological order with the oldest posting at the bottom of the list.)

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(CCCB-Ottawa)… At the close of their 2008 Plenary Assembly which met in Cornwall, 22-26 September, the Bishops of Canada issued a pastoral letter, titled “Liberating Potential”, which invites all the faithful “to discover or rediscover,” the message of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae, issued by Pope Paul VI in 1968.The Plenary Assembly described the encyclical as a “prophetic document,” especially in view of “the troubling evolution of two fundamental human institutions, marriage and the family.” The message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) goes on to say that the family and marriage “continue to be affected by the contraceptive mentality feared and rejected in the encyclical of Pope Paul VI.”“Nevertheless, Humanae Vitae is much more than a ‘no to contraception,’” the Bishops insist. Citing the encyclical, they point out that “It proposes a vision of the whole person and the whole mission to which each person is called.” The CCCB message describes the encyclical as “an invitation to be open to the grandeur, beauty and dignity of the Creator’s call to the vocation of marriage.”The Bishops of Canada point out what they say is an important link between Humanae Vitae and the “theology of the body,” developed by Pope John Paul II between 1979 and 1984. These reflections of John Paul II are a “pedagogy” to help appreciate the theological and pastoral significance of Humanae Vitae, they say. The Bishops observe that in marriage, the “act of flesh, the gift of bodies,” expresses “the totality of the gift of the persons, the one to the other,” by which “the man and the woman are, in the flesh, the image of the divine Trinity.” The CCCB pastoral letter points out that in the words of Pope John Paul II, “by means of its visible masculinity and femininity, the body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine.”In their message, the Bishops of Canada also call for a more profound reflection on married life and on the meaning of sexual intercourse. “Catholics and all men and women of good will” are encouraged to reflect on both in the light of Humanae Vitae and the “theology of the body.” “Sexuality is a friend, a gift of God,” they state. “It is revealed to us by the Trinitarian God” who invites Christians and others “to reveal it in turn in all its grandeur and dignity to our contemporaries at this start of the third millennium.” (Source)

The Canadian Bishops have produced a fine document, marking the 40th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae.  You can read the entire text here.

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:

3. Indeed, how can we fail to recognize its prophetic character when we consider the troubling evolution of two fundamental human institutions, marriage and the family? Both continue to be affected by the contraceptive mentality feared and rejected in the encyclical of Pope Paul VI. And what can be said of the future demographic deficit confronting Western societies? 

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.

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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.

Really eager.

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: 

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Levatino’s description of the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure from the Priests for Life website, where he asks his audience to envision themselves in the place of an abortionist. “Once you have grasped something inside [the uterus], squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard – really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about 4 to 5 inches long. … Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs. “The head of a baby that age is about the size of a plum and is now free floating inside the uterine cavity. … You will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see a pure white gelatinous material issue from the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces.  “If you have a really bad day like I often did, a little face may come out and stare back at you.” Dr. Levatino, while still practicing as an obstetrician-gynecologist, told CNSNews.com that he ended his career as an abortionist after personal tragedy struck. “My wife and I had an infertility problem,” Levatino said. “We were unable to have children, and after several years of effort, we were very, very fortunate in being able to adopt a little girl whom we named Heather. As sometimes happens, after years of effort — and I mean three surgeries on my wife’s part and everything else — we finally adopted a child, and my wife got pregnant the very next month. We ended up with two children just 10 months apart. We were very blessed that way.  “On June 23, 1984, my son was trying to cross the street, and my daughter, who was always the little mother, was running after him to tell him not to do that, and she was struck and killed by a car. “If you haven’t gone through that kind of tragedy, you don’t have a clue. You may think you can imagine it, but trust me: You have no idea what it’s like to lose a child, in any way. “What do you do after a tragedy? You mourn for a while and you try to get back into your routine. I don’t know how long after her death I had to do my first D&E abortion. I remember reaching in and literally ripping out an arm or a leg and looking at it in the clamp and I got sick. When you start an abortion you can’t stop. If you leave anything behind, you [can] bet your patient is going to come back infected, bleeding or worse. “I soldiered on and I finished that abortion.” But, Levatino said, something had changed. “For the first time in my life I really looked at that pile of goo at the side of the table, and all of a sudden I didn’t see her wonderful right to choose, and I didn’t see the $600 wad of cash that I made in 15 minutes, and I couldn’t think about what a great doctor I was because I took care of her problem. All I could see was somebody’s son or daughter.” Dr. Levatino is now a medical advisor for Priests for Life.

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:

SPEECHES 

Angelina Steenstra – Part 1:

Angelina Streenstra – Part 2:

Angelina Steenstra – Part 3

Fr. Galen Bank:

Yours Truly:

 

LIFESITENEWS.COM REPORT HERE.

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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.

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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.

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:

Heart singers Ann and Nancy Wilson said a “cease-and-desist” letter has been sent to the Republicans asking them not to use the song.

“The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission,” according to a statement issued late on Thursday on behalf of the sisters.

Copyright law may not be on the Wilsons’ side as the song is licensed for public performance under a blanket fee paid by the venue to ASCAP, the firm that collects royalties on behalf of composers and copyright owners.

Despite the Wilson sisters’ objections, one of the song’s co-writers said he was “thrilled” that the song was used.

In an e-mail to Reuters, the band’s former guitarist, Roger Fisher, said it was a win-win situation. Heart gets publicity and royalties, while the Republicans benefit from “the ingenious placement of a kick-ass song,” Fisher said.(Source)

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.

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In the increasing flurry of this election season’s negative political ads, the Barack Obama campaign produced a TV commercial that not only attacks Republican rival John McCain, but also takes aim at an unusual target: a 31-year-old woman who was born alive after her mother’s botched abortion.

Obama’s commercial predictably takes shots at the GOP campaign, calling McCain’s ads “the sleaziest ever, truly vile.” But when the screen shows clips of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen and the ad she made asking Obama to reverse his stance on born alive infant protection legislation, the Obama ad calls Jessen’s appeal “a despicable lie.” The Obama advertisement can be seen below :

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Jessen first drew the Obama campaign’s ire for producing an advertisement that points to the senator’s record of voting against born alive infant protection laws as an Illinois state legislator.
Her advertisement can be seen below:
 

 

Obama did, however, vote against Illinois born-alive infant-protection bills four times, as Jessen’s ad claims.

Obama has often said, and his own website repeats, that he would have supported the Illinois state law protecting those born-alive infants if it had had a “neutrality” clause like the federal version, which states the law specifically is not intended to impact the status of babies before birth. As WND reported earlier, however, documentation uncovered by Doug Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee reveals Obama did vote against a version of the Illinois law that was the same as the federal law, contrary to what the candidate has stated.  (Source)

 

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 

 

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Greetings everyone,

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:

http://www.ewtn.com/audiovideo/index.asp

BEING HUMAN (the original version) can be viewed here:

http://40daysottawa.blogspot.com/2008/08/40-days-for-life.html

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.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, September 18th, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Although he is the third-generation owner of his family-run pharmacy, pharmacist Mike Koelzer runs the business somewhat differently than his forefathers. In 2002, Kay Pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Michigan made a public decision to longer sell any form of contraceptives, including birth control and condoms. Koelzer told Faithandconscience.com that his reasons for eliminating birth control can be traced directly to the literature found on the insert in most oral contraceptive boxes.  “It came down to God’s teaching through the Catholic Church on the sanctity of all human life and on contraception. The Church teaches that all contraception is intrinsically evil. But, there is yet a further problem with hormonal contraceptives in how they work, which is sometimes killing a newly formed life,” Koelzer related. “It is the third mechanism of action (the alteration in the endometrium which reduces the likelihood of implantation), which can kill a newly formed member of the human family by not allowing the new life to attach to the mother’s uterus.”….

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.

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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.

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Barack Obama…more than just an embellishment…..Ouch!!! 

Indeed, there would seem to be an especially conspicuous absence of witnesses to the years after graduated from Columbia and before he moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer. Well, it turns out that one of his co-workers, Dan Armstrong, has in fact written about Mr. Obama during those days. And while he is an admitted fan of Obama’s, he claims that he has inflated his resume considerably. Others who worked with Obama at Business International have subsequently chimed in. [Read the rest of it here]

Meanwhile, remember that cheap shot Gibson took at Palin regarding the so-called “Bush doctrine” that she sought clarification on?  Well, it turns out that Gibson was the real fool, at least according the inventor of the phrase….

The New York Times got it wrong. And Charlie Gibson got it wrong.

There is no single meaning of the Bush doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration — and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today. It is utterly different.

He asked Palin, “Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?”

She responded, quite sensibly to a question that is ambiguous, “In what respect, Charlie?”

Sensing his “gotcha” moment, Gibson refused to tell her. After making her fish for the answer, Gibson grudgingly explained to the moose-hunting rube that the Bush doctrine “is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense.”

Wrong.

I know something about the subject because, as the Wikipedia entry on the Bush doctrine notes, I was the first to use the term….(Source)

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September 15, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Recently Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal made headlines with his decision to return his own Order of Canada as an act of protest against the decision to induct abortionist Henry Morgentaler into the Order.While many pro-life advocates have welcomed the Cardinal’s decision and congratulated him for his public stance which has grabbed headlines throughout the country, a recent newspaper article has suggested that the Cardinal’s attitude towards Canada’s “father of abortion” and abortion itself may be more ambivalent than his recent actions indicate.According to an article appearing in Le Journal de Montreal, Cardinal Turcotte says he refuses the “pro-life” label. (Source)

The Cardinal Archbishop of Montreal told the newspaper that, while he “respects life” he understands that in cases of rape and incest some women feel “up against the wall” – a comment that appears to indicate some tolerance for abortion in such “hard cases.”

The Archbishop also said that the 1988 Canadian Supreme Court decision in the Morgentaler case, which introduced abortion on demand into Canada, had some positive aspects to it.

“[Morgentaler] saved the lives of women by helping them avoid being butchered by charlatans,” said the Cardinal.

A document put out by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1987, entitled Donum Vitae, explains, “The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law…As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child’s rights.”

Nevertheless, in the article Cardinal Turcotte repeatedly expressed his disapproval of the state of abortion in Canada. The Morgentaler decision “banalized abortion,” said Cardinal Turcotte. “Our society should reflect on the value of human life.”

“The fetus cannot scream. It has no voice.”

If you want to know why the scourge of abortion still exists in Canada, it is because of the false philosophies of proportionalism and consequentialism which the Cardinal appears to be espousing.  In his encyclical, Veritatis Splendor, John Paul the Great condemned such philosophies as contrary to the Catholic faith.

Each conceived human being has an inalienable right to life that NO CIRCUMSTANCE, however tragic, can ever take away.

Given the state of the Church in this country, the Cardinal’s disturbing comments above, and the reticence of the Canadian bishops to withdraw the Winnipeg Statement, we must honestly ask ourselves whether a large segment of the hierarchy has not already departed from the Church’s teaching on many significant points of doctrine.

And contrary to what the Cardinal said above, the fetus does indeed scream. 

We just don’t hear it.

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They used to joke that Bob Hope was so dependent on his cue cards he’d have the guy standing behind his wife at breakfast so he could read over her shoulder: “Hello. Darling. How. Are. You. This. Morning?” But the audacity of Hope is as nothing to Obama and his prompter:

It appears Barack Obama’s teleprompter is hitting the campaign trail.

The Democratic presidential nominee has never tried to hide the fact he delivers speeches off the device, though normally he doesn’t use one at standard campaign rallies and town hall events.

But the Illinois senator used a teleprompter at both his Colorado events Monday — making for a particularly peculiar scene in Pueblo, where the prompter was set up in the middle of what is normally a rodeo ring.

Wasn’t “Took My Prompter To The Rodeo” an old Bob Wills number? “Message: I’m on message,” as the first President Bush would say. With a bit of luck, they’ll let him have it for the debates …and the summit with Ahmadinejad. (Source)

McCain is going to make Obama into a McHappy Meal during the debates.

It won’t be pretty, but sure will be tasty.

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Received this letter from one of the bishops in response the The Rosarium’s latest communication to all of the bishops which was sent today.

Dear Mr. Pachecho [sic],

Thank you for your letter and information. I will read and ponder this in preparation for the plenary. 

Peace,

+ Sylvain Lavoie OMI

Maybe that’s just a polite acknowledgement, but maybe not.

Please pray, everyone, that the Holy Spirit moves the Bishops to repentance and action.

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Sodomy meets Darwinism.  Coming soon to a Parliament near you.

I see Humanae Vitae was vindicated again. 

Face it. The Pope was right and the rest of the world was wrong.

Infallibility? You betcha.

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