Archive for October, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) – Last year 30 thousand Vietnamese from the Central Highlands (Montagnards) were baptized and 20 thousand others are preparing to become Catholics. The data was emphasized by the Bishop of Kontum, Michael Hoang Duc Oanh, at the World Mission Day. “It is the work of the Holy Spirit – he tells AsiaNews – with the sincere participation and contribution of so many people”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eleven Complex Steps Simplified

1. Go to D&P’s website by clicking this link here.

2. Click on “International Programs” on the sidebar.

3. Click on “Africa” on the sidebar.

4. Locate one of D&P’s partners…say, the one listed under Sierre Leone, Network Movement for Justice and Development (website for your reference here).

5. Open another Browser Window.

6. Go to Google.

7. Copy the name, “Network Movement for Justice and Development” and insert it into the search field.

8. Add the phrase “reproductive rights” at the end of the above group’s name.

9.  Click the “Search” Button

10. Click on the first result.  It should read the following:

Partners: Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD

NETWORK MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT (NMJD) Fair justice and human rights system operating and being accessed by communities in the pilot chiefdoms in Pujehun, Youth practicing safe reproductive health methods

11. Cursor down to the Chart to Section 4, “Youth Empowerment”.  Note the text concerning “reproductive health methods” which is a euphemism for contraception and abortion.

4   – Youth Empowerment – Youth practicing safe reproductive methods. (Source)

Time Taken:  90 seconds.

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October 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last fall, a Filipino group listed as a partner of the Canadian bishops’ Development and Peace organization published an article noting it is “included” in a 50 group coalition urging the government to pass a controversial national Reproductive Health Bill. Meanwhile, the country’s Catholic bishops have been intensely opposing the same bill. LifeSiteNews has developed a brief 5 minute video to show its readers how information such as this can easily be discovered by anyone.

A ten minute search on the Internet was all it took for LifeSiteNews to discover that the Development and Peace “partner,” The Freedom From Debt Coalition (FDC), has been involved in a major effort to pressure Filipino legislators to pass the very controversial Congressional House Bill 5043. The bill, which has an explicit population control emphasis, proposes a massive promotion of contraception and sterilization throughout the country, mandatory sex education for Filipino children starting at grade 5 and a removal of the right to conscientious objection, with some exceptions for religious reasons, for health care workers who refuse to provide these services.

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CORNWALL, October 20, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While discussion amongst the Canadian Bishops regarding the controversy over the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) will be held largely in closed session at the bishops’ annual Plenary this week, an initial report on the topic presented during an open session on Monday sparked public objection.

The verbal report on the activities of D&P was presented by the newly appointed Bishop of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Richard Grecco, who is one of two Bishops on the governing board of D&P.

The written version of the report said that D&P “came under a concerted Internet-based media attack by certain militant advocacy groups and individuals, alleging that DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE was financing and promoting abortion programs and advocacy through our partner network.” In the verbal report, however, Bishop Grecco specifically mentioned LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) as the source of the allegations.

At the conclusion of the presentation of the report, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast and Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins both raised objections

Initially, CCCB President and Winnipeg Archbishop James Weisgerber, who was chairing the meeting, attempted to quell any public discussion of the matter, beyond the presentation of the report, by reminding all the bishops that they would be discussing the controversy at length in the private sessions in the coming days.

Nevertheless, Archbishop Prendergast said that the bishops of Ontario were very concerned with the situation.  He referred to a letter circulated to bishops from D&P, saying that he felt that here the bishops were being asked to continue with “business as usual” with D&P. The Ottawa Archbishop added: “I’m not sure we can accept that.”

Again Archbishop Weisgerber interjected to note that they were only to be discussing the current report presented by Bishop Grecco.

Archbishop Collins acknowledged that the bishops would be having a “lengthy discussion” about the matter later in the week, but noted that there were problems with the report as presented.  He noted that the report had misrepresented or misunderstood the criticisms of D&P.

The Archbishop referenced the top of page six of the report as problematic, which says that D&P was accused of “financing and promoting abortion programs and advocacy.”

Archbishop Collins pointed out that D&P was “not accused of that.” He thus suggested reviewing the text of the report.  “It is important,” he said, “to be accurate.”  He continued: “When one is criticized it is important to either admit when the criticism is just or prove that it’s not.”  He concluded, “It’s important to I think listen to what the criticism is.”

LSN had never accused D&P of funding or promoting abortion programs, but rather of contributing money to the non-abortion related programs of groups that are involved in abortion advocacy. LSN has specifically clarified the nature of its accusations on several occasions, in response to distortions by D&P, and the misstatement of the accusations in a previous report produced by the bishops, which related the results of the bishops’ investigation of several of D&P’s Mexican partners.

In reaction to Archbishop Collins’ objection, Archbishop Weisgerber had a very brief exchange with Bishop Grecco acknowledging they would reconsider the wording in the report.

The written report, a copy of which was obtained by LSN, indicates that the controversy did little to dampen D&P fundraising efforts.  “Among the individual and regular monthly donors to DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE, we have had 34 individuals (of our 6,110 donors) cancel their monthly contributions as a direct result of the controversy, representing 0.5% of our donor database.”

The report also noted that a smaller group of bishops would be addressing the matter of D&P again in November of this year.

Finally, we come to the point. 

Notice what Archbishop Weisgerber tried to do?  He tried to erect the old straw man of the Catholic blogosphere alleging D&P was funding “abortion programs and advocacy”, as a way of shamelessly concealing the real issue from bishops who trust him.  That’s pretty despicable.

It’s the same drum that he has been beating for months now. Except this time, Archbishop Prendergast and Archbishop Collins were having none of it.  As the old Wendy’s commercial punchline said:  “Where’s the beef?”  The Canadian bishops need to speak to the allegations and rebut the evidence, if they can.  That is the central issue right now.

I love the phrase that Archbishop Prendergast uses to describe D&P’s sham performance:  “Business as usual“. 

Indeed.

It won’t be business as usual any more, and if the indulgent wing of the CCCB does not see it, they can kiss Development & Peace(as it is currently constituted) good bye.  This is not merely about Toronto and Ottawa, however significant these cities are.  Archbishop Collins and Prendergast are representative of a larger faction of the Church, perhaps even the majority of the bishops. 

I also loved this part:

D&P “came under a concerted Internet-based media attack by certain militant advocacy groups and individuals, alleging that DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE was financing and promoting abortion programs and advocacy through our partner network.”

Now who could they be referring to? :)

A concerted attack? Yes, it most certainly was.  But it was a necessary and a warranted one

Better militant than a marshmallow, I always say.  I know how the Church understands Herself…and it isn’t a marshmallow.

Long live the Catholic Blogosphere!

Let us pray for the Church and in particular our fearless Archbishops Prendergast and Collins who are leading the charge to see justice done in this scandal.

Send them an e-mail and tell them how much you appreciate their fidelity and tenacity.  Archbishop Prendergast can be reached at archbishop @ ecclesia-ottawa.org while Archbishop Collins can be reached at archbishop @ archtoronto.org.

Man, do I love a good scrap…when it’s necessary.


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ROME, October 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two prelates who are known for their vocal defence of life and family as well as the defence of traditional liturgical practices have been appointed to one of the most critical offices in the Catholic Church. Archbishop Raymond L. Burke and Antonio Cardinal Canizares Llovera have been appointed to serve in the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, the group that oversees the selection of bishops around the world.

Archbishop Burke is well known both in the US and internationally as one of the foremost defenders of the unborn in the Catholic Church today. The former head of the archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri, and now the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest tribunal, was among the handful of US bishops who enforced the Church’s Code of Canon Law that says that those involved in abortion have ipso facto excommunicated themselves. Burke informed pro-abortion Catholic politicians that they were not allowed to receive Communion in any of the Catholic churches in his diocese and was vocally opposed to the appearance of President Barack Obama at the University of Notre Dame.

The influence of the new appointees could be long-lasting, with membership renewed every five years. With mandatory retirement from curial offices being 80 years, Burke, at 61, could remain active in the Congregation for nearly 20 years, allowing him to have significant impact on the direction of the Catholic Church worldwide.

Cardinal Canizares, another appointee to the Congregation for Bishops, who is currently the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and former head of the ancient archdiocese of Toledo in Spain, told LifeSiteNews.com in an interview in July that the withholding of Communion from pro-abortion politicians is a matter of pastoral concern for their souls.

“I think that the strongest words are found in St. Paul: one who goes to the Eucharist and is not properly prepared, duly prepared, ‘he eats his own condemnation’. This is the strongest thing that we can say and what is the most truthful statement,” he said.

A friend of Pope Benedict, Canizares has been nicknamed the Ratzingerino, or “Little Ratzinger.” In 2006, responding to anti-family and anti-life legislation by the Zapatero socialist government in Spain, Cardinal Canizares took up one of Pope Benedict’s themes against moral relativism, saying that without an objective moral standard, societies inevitably slide into totalitarianism.

This is perhaps the biggest boost for the pro-life struggle in the Church to come down the pipe in recent years.  Two of the strongest bishops are now having significant influence in who gets to be bishop.

In other words, the new bishops appointed by Rome will actually abide by canon law and start disciplining pro-abort politicians.

Let the O’Malley wing of the Church understand clearly where Rome is going…and let them be careful about attempting to smear Catholic news organizations and blogs who defend the authentic faith against the prostitution of the Eucharist.

Open your ears and eyes…and close your mouth.

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Pontiff to permit Anglican communities to join Catholic Church

Pope Benedict is promulgating an apostolic constitution that will permit Anglican communities whose members wish to be received into the Catholic Church to do so as communities.

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Courtesy of my favourite TV Station: Salt + Light.

The central allegation against Development & Peace was that they were funding pro-abortion groups and that the donations received from faithful Canadian Catholics, in turn, helped enable these groups to promote abortion in the Global South.  Not too long ago, Cardinal Justin Rigali, commenting on the socialization of American health care, also brought up the argument against funding pro-abortion forces with Catholic money, which is also at the heart of the problem of funding Development & Peace’s pro-abortion partners. He even mentions the word “fungible”: 

Members of a House committee then endorsed the Capps Amendment that allows for indirect funding of abortions — whereby the public sends money to the government that, in turn, pays for abortions. In a followup letter in August, Cardinal Rigali rejected this approach, saying, “Funds paid into these plans are fungible, and federal taxpayer funds will subsidize the operating budget and provider networks that expand access to abortion.” (Source)

According to the reporter in the video clip above, Archbishop Weisgerber stated:

“…the events in the past year involving Development & Peace are an opportunity to renew and mandate that organizationDevelopment & Peace has shown themselves willing to co-operate in this and already looking at their partnerships in different countries to analyze them and see how they can work better.” (1:10-1:38)

And now we finally see a glimmer of light…

CORNWALL, October 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) ­ In his remarks at the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), outgoing CCCB President Archbishop James Weisgerber  addressed the controversy over the CCCB international development arm, Development and Peace.  The matter will be discussed at length in private sessions over the week of meetings.

In his official President’s report, Archbishop Weisgerber said: “Development and Peace has clearly indicated that it wishes to respond to new questions and concerns, and is already reviewing the effectiveness of its contractual arrangements with other groups, its surveillance of the projects that it financially assists, as well as its financial mechanisms for ensuring cooperation and communication  with local Bishops and other Episcopal Conferences.”

He added: “Assisted by the recent Encyclical, we have this week a unique opportunity, together with all the Church in Canada, for renewing, remandating and ‘revisioning’ Development and Peace.”

Referring again to the Pope’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Weisgerber said, “This vision of the integrity and dignity of human life provides the basis for our reflections during this Plenary on  Development and Peace.”

Also to be discussed at the meetings in closed session are “the leadership role of Bishops in life issues” and “blogs and websites”.

This report gives me great hope.   Here are the points of interest:

1. Matter will be discussed at length in private sessions….

Translation:  “It will be made clear to all the bishops that it is necessary to tell the truth in the future, and avoid claiming there is no elephant in the room.”

2. Ensuring cooperation and communication with local Bishops…

Translation:  “No money goes to any group without the permission of the local bishop”…per Archbishop Collins’s condition for the Archdiocese of Toronto’s participation.

3. Renewing, remandating, and revisioning Development & Peace…

Translation:  “Clean out the pro-abort, pro-condom, anti-Catholic rot in your funding formulas, boys.  Get your heads screwed on right and think about the unborn…for a change.”

4. Closed session for  a) the leadership role of Bishops in life issues and b) “blogs and websites”…

a) Translation:  “We bishops need to wake up and smell the coffee on the life issues. Maybe we’ll all grab a clue and show up for next year’s March for Life in Ottawa to show Catholics in a TANGIBLE AND SACRAMENTAL WAY that we will actually MOVE to defend the sanctity of human life.”

b) Translation:  “Give LifeSiteNews a gold star for their valiant and faithful reporting which just might have saved tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives.  And send Guido to shut down Socon or Bust.”

Have a cigar and some champagne, everyone, I think we’re on our way, but let us not let our guard down.

Still…Hurray!


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On the eve of his historic presentation to the Bishops of Canada, Dr. Richard Gaillardetz is combing the internet to gage the reaction to the critiques made against his theological and moral positions.  Even last night, a day or few before he is scheduled to give his talks, he’s offered his congratulations to the “charitable” exchange of ideas on the occasion of his presentation:

I would simply like to say how much I have appreciated the thoughtful and largely charitable debate on this thread regarding the lamentable controversy associated with my upcoming address to the bishops of your country. And for what it is worth, While I do not regret my support of President Obama, I do regret the flippant suggestion that he is pro-life. In the Oped piece in which I made that statement I was referring to a broad range of social policies. I have consistently opposed President Obama’s position on abortion. (Source)

While Dr. Gaillardetz is appreciative of the thoughtful and largely charitable debate on the thread, it seems that he forgot to extend that same charity to Dr. Robert Fastiggi, a fellow academic, who merely pointed out the deficiencies in his work. This is the charitable comment that Dr. Gaillardetz directed at Dr. Fastiggi:

In some cases the blatant misrepresentation of my views by the author of that document can only be seen as intentional and malicious. (Source)


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Not that I expected any change of course, but I was still disappointed in the CCCB’s recent confirmation to allow Richard Gaillardetz the opportunity to address the bishops during their upcoming Plenary Assembly this week in Cornwall, Ontario.  I’m not particularly worried about the bishops (heck, maybe some of them share his views). I’m more upset at the boost he gets for his “credentials” from such a visit. 

Anyhow, I was feeling kind of low on Saturday night when I flipped on the tube and happened to see an old re-run of Mother Angelica Live on EWTN.  You’ll never guess what the topic of her show was.  It was on Ordinatio Sacerdotalis!  My goodness, sometimes the good Lord sends us gentle encouragements to deal with the betrayals of our shepherds and their theologians.

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(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly, 19 – 23 October 2009, at the Nav CanadaCentre, Cornwall, Ontario. About 90 Bishops will be present to review pastoral activities of the past year and to discuss important questions and issues. They will also elect a new Permanent Council as the two-year terms of its current members have ended, including that of CCCB President Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg. In addition to reviewing the work carried out over the past year by CCCB councils, commissions and committees, the Bishops will discuss a number of pastoral issues.  In keeping with the Year of the Priest announced by Pope Benedict XVI, American theologian Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz, Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio, will deliver two presentations: on the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the priesthood and its reality today, and on the relationship between the ministerial priesthood and the priesthood of the baptized. Other issues to be discussed during the working sessions include Catholic identity in the public sphere, Catholic-Anglican relations, the role of Bishops in life issues, and the pastoral response to the poverty afflicting a growing number of Canadians. Lastly, the agenda will also include an update on the collaboration of Development and Peace with its numerous partners throughout the world, as well as on development projects funded by this organization that the Bishops of Canada founded in 1967.


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The Internet’s self-appointed defenders of orthodoxy have recently caused a great stir about the fact that Dr. Richard Gaillardetz will be addressing the Canadian bishops at their upcoming plenary assembly.

The suggestion is that Gaillardetz is a dissenting theologian and, as such, should not be permitted to address the bishops.  His critics point to his published work related especially to the questions of women’s ordination and the role of conscience in the decision to use or not use artificial contraception.  (They are also furious about his support of Barack Obama.)…read the rest of the article and subsequent discussion here.

Where there is a vacuum in orthodoxy, it will be filled.  If the bishops refuse to do it, life still goes on and the children still must be fed real food instead of garbage.

If Dad won’t feed the children real food, some of the more responsible kids will.

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Last week, Salt + Light, Canada’s presumptive “channel of hope”, held a posh fundraising soirée at the Royal Ontario Museum, raising close to $2M.  Here’s some of the details:

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This leads to this.

When “no” really does mean “no” — both during and after the sex.

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As everyone knows, excommunicated priest and dissenter Gregory Baum is presenting an Archdiocesan-endorsed talk at St. Paul’s University on Vatican II:

VATICAN II IN CANADA: Presented by the Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University.  Oct. 15 – 16.  Thursday Keynote Address by Gregory Baum; Respondent – Most Rev. Remi J De Roo.  Info: Catherine Clifford, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Vice Dean, Faculty of Theology, St. Paul University, 223 Main, (613-236-1393, ext. 2281).

No registration required.  Poster & schedule: (www.ustpaul.ca/Events/scheduleEvents_e.asp#col).

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But the talk that Fr. Tom Rosica’s friend, Gregory Baum, is giving is not about continuity with our Tradition, but about “change” and a “new direction”. 

The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Bishop De Roo, and Gregory Baum should instead take the advice of Bishop Nickless and get with the right program instead of trying to invent a new one, or shamelessly sponsoring notorious moral heretics who do….

In a new pastoral letter on Church renewal, Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City denounces false interpretations of the Second Vatican Council and calls upon Catholics to “reclaim and strengthen our understanding of the deposit of faith.” Bishop Nickless, originally a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver who served as Archbishop Charles Chaput’s vicar general, writes: 

The question arises: Why has the implementation of the Council, in large parts of the Church, thus far been so difficult? Well, it all depends on the correct interpretation of the Council or – as we would say today – on its proper hermeneutics, the correct key to its interpretation and application. The problems in its implementation arose from the fact that two contrary hermeneutics came face to face and quarreled with each other. One caused confusion, the other, silently but more and more visibly, bore and is bearing fruit.

On the one hand, there is an interpretation that I would call “a hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture,” it has frequently availed itself of the sympathies of the mass media, and also one trend of modern theology. On the other, there is the “hermeneutic of reform,” of renewal in the continuity of the one subject – Church – which the Lord has given to us. She is a subject which increases in time and develops, yet always remaining the same, the one subject of the journeying People of God.

The hermeneutic of discontinuity risks ending in a split between the pre-conciliar Church and the post-conciliar Church. It asserts that the texts of the Council as such do not yet express the true spirit of the Council …

It is crucial that we all grasp that the hermeneutic or interpretation of discontinuity or rupture, which many think is the settled and even official position, is not the true meaning of the Council. This interpretation sees the pre-conciliar and post-conciliar Church almost as two different churches. It sees the Second Vatican Council as a radical break with the past. There can be no split, however, between the Church and her faith before and after the Council. We must stop speaking of the “Pre-Vatican II” and “Post-Vatican II” Church, and stop seeing various characteristics of the Church as “pre” and “post” Vatican II. Instead, we must evaluate them according to their intrinsic value and pastoral effectiveness in this day and age …

The so-called “spirit” of the Council has no authoritative interpretation. It is a ghost or demon that must be exorcised if we are to proceed with the Lord’s work.

Outlining pastoral priorities for his diocese, Bishop Nickless urges priests to offer Mass with greater reverence, hear Confessions for more than one hour per week, and promote Eucharistic adoration, the Liturgy of the Hours, and Marian devotion. “The use of the vernacular has certainly opened up the treasures of the liturgy to all who take part, but this does not mean that the Latin language, and especially the chants which are so superbly adapted to the genius of the Roman Rite, should be wholly abandoned,” he adds. (Source).


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October 15, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At their upcoming general assembly in Baltimore from November 16-19, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will debate and vote on a new pastoral letter on marriage.  A draft of the letter, entitled ‘Love and Life in the Divine Plan,’ has been leaked, and is already being praised by Catholic and pro-family leaders as a strong presentation of the Church’s teaching on marriage and a forceful rebuke of cultural attacks on authentic marriage and family life.

The draft, however, has also drawn harsh criticism from the leftist National Catholic Reporter (NCR), which wrote that “this turkey of a text,” which is “strangely, and fatally, at odds with the texts of the Second Vatican Council,” should be “scrap[ped]” in its entirety.  According to NCR, this pastoral letter is “not … pastoral,” with it “read[ing] as if it was written by someone who has never once engaged in a marriage preparation program, let alone actually ever been married.”  The first section “spends too much time talking about the threats to modern marriage,” they say, “such as high divorce rates, cohabitation, same-sex unions and, of course, contraception (an ‘intrinsic evil’).”

The American bishops are not pulling any punches as they try to save marriage in the U.S.   Whether they are ultimately successful or not, it will not be because they did not teach the truth with frankness, boldness, and vigour.  The same efforts, sadly, cannot be said for the Catholic bishops in this country who, for the most part, rolled over and died on this question a few years ago.  I blame the effects of the Winnipeg Statement for neutering them, but that’s another story.

Suffice it to say that that left wing rag, the National Catholic Reporter, is having convulsions that the Catholic bishops of America would dare condemn the idea that sodomy be officially recognized in marriage.  The National Catholic Reporter and their poster-boy reporter, John Allen Jr., readers will remember, came to the rescue of Fr. Rosica and his “Mad As Hell Marshmallow tour” during the Kennedy funeral scandal


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That’s the sound of the Abortion house falling down…..

Abortionist Reflects on Dismembering One Baby While Feeling Her Own Flutter in Her Womb

Groundbreaking In-the-Womb Photos Now Improved and Republished

A Child is Born: Photographs of the foetus developing in the womb, by Lennart Nilsson

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September 23rd to November 1st

Highlights of mid-point Rally Mass

The mid-point rally Mass celebrated by Archbishop Prendergast was a truly glorious celebration. Members from several choirs in the Diocese joined Saint Patrick’s Basilica Choir in some powerful hymns. Additionally, numerous Knights of Columbus in full regalia took part in the celebration. Four priests concelebrated and a deacon was also present in the sanctuary.

Archbishop Prendergast delivered a very thoughtful and profound homily during which he reminded us that we cannot be ashamed of this the Gospel of Life…we are called to manifest it in all we say and do,” and the pro-life movement is the greatest grass-root movement of our times.” Click HERE to listen to the Archbishop’s homily.

 

Traditional Anglican Catholic Bishop Carl Reed was also in attendance in the sanctuary. He spoke briefly at the close of Mass, eliciting loud and sustained applause when he voiced his church’s desire for full communion with Rome. This is great news for the Church. To listen to Bishop Reed’s encouraging remarks followed by a very appropriate Marian recessional (this was the anniversary date of Mary’s final apparition at Fatima) click HERE.

Just over two weeks left in the Campaign

This is a gentle reminder that the ongoing 40 Days prayer vigil for life ends November 1st. There are still plenty of empty slots left (click on Vigil Calendar). All that is required is for people to go to the site to pray. No witness other than our presence is expected. While you can show up without signing up, if you find you have some free time, it is good to register in advance, so others will know when they are most needed. If you can’t go, your prayers are welcome. For more info or to sign up, go to http://www.40daysforlife.com/ottawa/

You will note on the above Vigil Calendar that some parishes have adopted their own days, including some very small and elderly Parishes. It’s very effective to get a few of your Parishioners involved along with yourself. Six Parishioners from Our Lady of Divine Love in the rural municipality of Pendleton got together and reserved six hours on October 17th to do the vigil. Holy Korean Martyrs, another small Parish, signed up and filled 24 hours at the Vigil site. If the smallest Parishes in the Diocese can get their name on the Vigil Calendar, what’s preventing the larger ones from doing so as well? It takes a minimum of six consecutive hours. As the Archbishop mentioned in his Mid-point homily “we are either helping to build a culture of death, or co-operating with the culture of death.” By standing in front of the abortion mill, we are witnessing to the truth as to what is going on inside…read powerful testimonial by Frances Wilkinson.

 Stanley Siok

40 Days for Life 

Church Coordinator (English Sector)

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During the day, there are thousands of people who pass by our prayer site. When they see us, they see a living billboard to the truth: that abortion takes a human life, and that unborn children are worthy of protection. It’s not aggressive. It’s not in your face. But we are noticed because of our constant presence. Our determination and message cannot fail to stir the minds of some pedestrians.

The small, but real, victories prove this. There were two “turnarounds” in Toronto during this event (i.e., mothers changed their minds), and one in Fredericton. In Halifax, a woman working in the abortion ward at the Victoria General Hospital asked to be transferred. Then, there are probably other turnarounds and conversions that we don’t know about.

Our enthusiasm attracts new pro-lifers and gets them active. It stokes the old-timers who may have become discouraged and dropped out. It energizes the faithful for the next battle, and spurs them on to do something after the 40 Days is over. It creates connections and fosters a sense of solidarity.

If this were done all over Canada, we could have the makings of a pro-life renaissance in this country and realistically envision the passage of fetal rights legislation. So far, Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener, Halifax, Fredericton, Winnipeg and Montreal are taking part. Isn’t it time your city joined in?

If you would like to get involved with 40 Days in your local area, go to http://40daysforlife.com/location.cfm. (Source)

I know this sounds like an obvious question, but can someone tell me WHY IS THIS NOT BEING DONE IN EVERY CITY IN THIS COUNTRY?!?!?!

Where are the Bishops?  Is this not important enough for them to get involved? Or are they too busy giving cover to D&P to preserve the little public reputation they have left?

If they spent only a small fraction of the annual $10 Million they pump into “social justice” in the developing world on fighting abortion IN THIS COUNTRY, we would be much, much further ahead. 

But then again, that would mean priorities would have to be balanced.  Today in the Catholic Church in Canada, the environment, mining, land rights, “reproductive rights”, gender reorientation, and every other social marxist cause takes precedent over the most evident and pressing human rights abuse in the history of mankind: ABORTION.

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Day 23

1) Ground Zero Report: Day 22 -

Frances’s Abortion Story:
http://www.40daysforlife.com/ottawa/index.cfm?load=news&newsarticle=184&page=159

2) Media Coverage: 

40 Days for Life: The Making of a Pro-Life Renaissance
http://noapologies.ca/?p=4604

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As everyone is very well aware, the Development & Peace Abortion Scandal has reached epidemic proportions in Canada.  To date, LifeSiteNews and Socon or Bust have reported approximately 42 confirmed pro-abortion, pro-contraception, and/or anti-Catholic groups which Development & Peace has been shamelessly sponsoring.   Thusfar, faithful Catholic news sources and bloggers have been met with denials, obfuscations, pseudo-excommunications, slander, and just plain stupidity. 

The latest Development & Peace anti-Catholic group to be outed here on Socon or Bust is an organization called Ecuarunari.  They are listed on page 116 of Development & Peace’s 2006-2011 program for Latin America. You can learn more about them here.  In addition to their anti-Catholic views and anti-life animosity towards their own bishops,  they themselves have been involved with pro-abortion and sexual “reproductive rights” groups in publishing sexual propaganda.


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