Catholic Hospital lost to the Church in Oregon

February 16, 2010

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Tipton, Ind., founded St. Charles 92 years ago. In the 1970s, the hospital became a community nonprofit organization with the sisters remaining as sponsors.

In 1992, when the sisters decided they could no longer sponsor St. Charles because of the smaller number of sisters, an “association of the Christian faithful” took up the duty of making sure the hospital’s Catholic identity was preserved. At the same time, control of policy and operations went to a board of directors.

Bishop Vasa said the association’s structure did not give it sufficient authority to control the tenets of Catholic identity as expressed in the U.S. bishops’ “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.” In 2007, the bishop asked St. Charles officials for an audit of compliance with the directives. He identified problems and began talks, which hit an impasse.

From CNS

The fault for this terrible loss in a state where the witness to the gospel is Read the rest of this entry »

April 28: Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

April 28, 2009

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, 1922 – 1962 Read the rest of this entry »

Abortion and the Church of the East

October 29, 2008

With the upcoming elections, we see increasing attacks on the choice of life by those who have embraced the culture of death. Thank God that in opposition to that there are people who are increasing awareness of what Truth is… what Life is.

I am reproducing below a paper written by H.G. Mar Bawai Soro, years ago while he was in the Assyrian Church. It was from a series of teachings meant to convey to the faithful of his diocese the church’s teachings on various topics that are applicable these days. This view, from the standpoint of a church out of communion with any other apostolic church, shows the universality of the apostolic teaching on the topic of abortion.


Bishop Mar Bawai Soro


“And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” (Matthew 18:5)

Ask ten people what they see as the greatest challenge in human society today and you’ll get ten different answers or more. Poverty, the cost of health care, hunger and starvation, terrorism, the divorce rate, political corruption, homelessness, a crisis in education, trade and budget deficits, a lack of involvement – the answers are many and the challenges are real.

These issues and more threaten the fabric of society by making it more difficult for people to live in justice, love and peace with one another, as Jesus taught. Many issues challenge human society today and they all, in one way or another, impact on the freedom that people should be able to enjoy.

In the United States and elsewhere in the world, one particular issue has become politically and religiously very intense, a concern that is the most important human rights issue of our day: abortion. The direct killing of an unborn child by abortion has become an issue that divides people, who hold very strong opinions and beliefs about it.

The word abortion applies to two similar and yet radically different events. First, the natural miscarriage of a fetus before it is born can be called an abortion. It is spontaneous and does not refer to the type of abortion that has become so contentions today.

The second event described by the word abortion refers to the medically induced direct and deliberate removal of a fetus from the womb before it is fully developed and able to survive, Read the rest of this entry »

Prolife issues–Assisted suicide in nursing homes in Switzerland

October 12, 2008

Prolife issues–Assisted suicide in nursing homes in Switzerland, writes the fascinating blog What’s Wrong With The World

No opportunities for coercion there!

I mean we can be assured that the Swiss will never encourage their most needy patients to consider this option, right?

Yea, I don’t buy it either.

On a somberly related note, LifeSite reports: “New Study Shows 26% in Oregon Who Requested Suicide Were Experiencing Depression”

Pray for the Swiss.

The Curt Jester: Catholic Vote 1860

October 8, 2008

A post of parody genius from The Curt Jester:

I am a Catholic and I am anti-slavery. I deplore slavery and have been an active part of the abolitionist movement. But this November of the year of Our Lord 1860 I am voting for Stephen A. Douglas.

Now I know my announcement will befuddle many Catholics who think that Abraham Lincoln is the only possible choice if you are truly as anti-slavery as I say I am. Some of my friends ask me how can I possibly support Senator Douglas when he was largely responsible for the Compromise of 1850 and supported the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision of 1857?

Though Senator Douglas does not regard a slaveholding society as one whit inferior to a free society I think he is the best choice to reduce slavery. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 proves that he is pro-choice on the issue of slavery since the act allowed these new states coming into the union to make up their own mind as to whether slavery should be allowed in their territory. He lets the people in the state decide as to whether slavery is moral or immoral. Surely this will limit slavery and as we work for a more just society more and more slaveowners will decide to reduce the number of slaves they own. Just because Sen. Douglas has invoked racist rhetoric and accused Lincoln of supporting black equality which he believes the authors of the Declaration of Independence did not intend, does not mean that he is pro-slavery. Even supporters of slavery can be conflicted about slavery and whether blacks are equal to us or not and we should work to move to a society where slavery is safe, legal, and rare. Plus it is not true to call him pro-slavery. He is for the choice of slavery and people can decide on their own whether they want to become slaveowners or not. Shouldn’t we let people make their own choices on this issue? Do we really want to legislate morality? Now as a Catholic I personally believe that slavery is wrong, but lawmakers need to represent the people.

Catholics should not be single issue voters and let slavery dominate the discussion. Human dignity and the acceptance of the government of human rights is just one issue of many. What about economic and other social justice issues? The election of Lincoln could even lead to civil war. Do we want a president whose “personal” moral code could lead us to war with all of the horrific deaths that could result? Plus if a war does start no doubt someone like Mr Lincoln would infringe on our civil liberties by suspending the right of Habeas Corpus.

This year the best choice to reduce slavery is to vote Sen. Douglas.

Signed Douglas Kmiec

Go to the original post to read some of the pure gold in the combox, or leave a comment yourself. So far my favorite combox entries are
by By Heather on October 1, 2008 6:17 PM

If you don’t like slaves, don’t have one!
Keep your rosaries off my slaveries!
Slavery, it’s safe and legal.

…and by Scott W. on October 1, 2008 6:42 PM

How many slaves have YOU bought, freed, and given a job? If you haven’t, then all your anti-slavery talk is empty rhetoric.

To read or leave comments on this post, go here.

5 bob to Dr. Eric.

Senator Obama And Your Catholic Tithe Dollars At Work OR “I Gave To The Campaign For Human Development’ And All I Got Was This Lousy Anti-Life Candidate!”

October 6, 2008

How Catholic Money Funded Obama’s Community Organizing

This is why I have not been supportive of Campaign for Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Next time they take up a collection for the “Campaign For Human Development” at your parish, very politely put a note in the collection basket saying “Hell NO!”

“How Catholic Money Funded Obama’s Community Organizing”

One of the untold stories in the Obama campaign is how his background in community organizing has direct links to Catholic funding — from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Catholic journalist Stephanie Block has been writing about the CCHD for many years, but it has been difficult to stimulate any serious concern about their funding the innocuous sounding activity of “community development.” Innocuous or not, Obama’s years as a community organizer were supported, in part, by Catholic money dispersed by the USCCB.

Barak Obama – was lead organizer in Chicago for the Read the rest of this entry »

“Kill More Canadians”

September 22, 2008

“Kill More Canadians!”

With apologies to my family in Canada and our 5 Canadian readers, do please read it all for context.  (Little hint for the slow, it is called “satire“.)

5 bob to Catholidoxy.

Kinder Parking

June 16, 2008

5 bob to

The UK’s new missionary work: Gay ye therefore and teach all nations!

May 23, 2008

Here I was begining to think that the nation that brought us an empire where the sun never set and the faith of the Sorvereign’s own personally controlled church was spread through the empire had give up on missionary work.

How wrong I was.

British Foreign Office to Promote Gay Agenda in Other Countries 

Would be working to overturn the laws of sovereign states

By Hilary White

LONDON, May 22, 2008 ( ) – The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has announced that its embassies will now be collaborating with local homosexual activist organisations in other countries to promote acceptance of homosexuality overseas. The goal, officials said, is to join forces with these groups in attempting to force other countries to implement the full homosexualist political agenda of Read the rest of this entry »

The ‘Overpopulation’ Scapegoat « PHNix Network Advocate

May 3, 2008

The ‘Overpopulation’ Scapegoat « PHNix Network Advocate

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The latest “crisis” to hit the Philippines is the much talked-about rice “shortage”, and as expected, the advocates of the Culture of Death are once again blaming “overpopulation” as the culprit. Not only is this factually wrong, but it is also a despicable attempt to turn attention away from the real cause of the crisis: massive corruption and irresponsible, long-standing mismanagement of the economy.

Politics of Distraction

Research shows that the GMA administration is perceived to be one of the most corrupt in Philippine history. The Philippines scores way low, at 131 out of 180 nations, in Transparency International’s 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index. A recent national survey found many Filipinos think that Gloria Arroyo is the country’s most corrupt leader, more so than former President-dictator Ferdinand Marcos, as reported in the December 12, 2007, Sun Star story “Survey says Arroyo most corrupt president“:

The nationwide survey by independent pollster Pulse Asia found that 42 percent of Filipinos believed Arroyo is the country’s most corrupt leader, compared to 35 percent for Marcos.

Lest anyone miss the point, massive corruption has serious effects on the economy and the delivery of government services. Funds that should be going into education, salaries and housing for our soldiers and civil servants, infrastructure, health, agricultural support, and social services ends up in the pockets of those who don’t deserve it. Is it any wonder then that we lack classrooms and texbooks, have underpaid soldiers and policemen, inadequate primary health care, and poor, underproductive farmers?

Another problem — which, to be fair, was allowed by previous administrations — was the insistence on debt servicing, including even the repayment of questionable loans. This has effectively emaciated government’s ability to make critical capital investments in the nation’s industries and infrastructure.


Babies are Expensive? « Kathy Petersen’s Blog

May 2, 2008

Babies are Expensive? « Kathy Petersen’s Blog

Mark your calendars!

May 1, 2008

Mark your calendars!

Spread the word!


The ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES prayer event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008. People in the Eastern Time Zone will pray the Rosary within the 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. hour, Central Time Zone 8 to 9 a.m., etc. The Rosary will be prayed for the following intention: For an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn babies. A person may register to be a participant by going to the website

Will This Photo Be Used In “Planned Parenthood For Pelosi” Fundraising Mailers And Websites?

April 17, 2008

I am not certain if this is going to hurt Speaker Pelosi’s Planned Parenthood support.  Being that her former chief of staff is now the President the Planned Parenthood Federation of America it may be no big deal.

Still, I doubt this one is going to make the “Planned Parenthood for Pelosi” website and newsletter. 


See also: Priest’s Letter to Speaker Pelosi

Abortion As Human Right?

April 16, 2008

Urgent Prayers are requested for Malta, Poland, Ireland, Andorra, Monaco and San Marino

Calling all Christians ALL OVER THE WORLD!
The Council of Europe will vote on making abortion a Human Right tomorrow.
We need the troops now at the frontline.
Prayer NOW, that is what we need.
Please spread the word, people of prayer, come together.
Christians all over this globe,
Malta, Poland, Ireland, Andorra, Monaco and San Marino need you.
Come to our aid in prayer to battle this cloud of darkness
that if passed at the Council of Europe tomorrow
Wednesday 16th April,
it will start an unstoppable global swing to making abortion a ‘human right’
This is the time for ALL Christians to come together,
Prayer will make the difference.
In His name, we call you to pray.
In Life,
Paul Vincenti
Gift of Life

You heard the man!

We Know What Is Best For You, Poor Brown Man!

April 15, 2008

Whitey knows best!

Stop making more of yourself and we will throw you a few pennies!

European Parliament Pressures Latin Americans to Legalize Abortion

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

BRUSSELS, April 11, 2008 ( – The European Parliament held a public event, billed as a “debate”, last Wednesday that gave pro-abortion forces an opportunity to denounce Latin American countries for refusing to legalize the killing of unborn children.

The discussion, “The Rights of Women to Reproductive Health in Latin America,” was held in the parliament building on April 9th, and was organized by the “United European Left”. It was attended by representatives from the European parliament and various pro-abortion Non-Governmental Organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

Contraception: Why Not? MP3s by Dr. Janet Smith

April 11, 2008


A professor of moral theology, Janet Smith is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader, and Life Issues, Medical Choices. (Click To Listen, Right Click To Download) Read the rest of this entry »

16M Pieces Of Silver (OR) “Do What We Tell You For 1¢!”

April 10, 2008

Government of Finland Pressures Nicaragua to Legalize Abortion

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

MANAGUA, April 9, 2008 ( – The Finnish government, following the practice of its Scandinavian neighbors, is pressuring Nicaragua to legalize abortion during a visit that will determine if Finland will continue its $16 million annual aid package to the country.

During his recent visit to Nicaragua to “evaluate” the state of the country, the Finnish minister of Exterior Cooperation and Trade, Paavo Väyrynen, made his desire clear: legalize abortion.

“We are aware of the legislation that you have in Nicaragua to Read the rest of this entry »

“Red Alert” in the Dominican Republic over Plans to Legalize Abortion

April 8, 2008

One wonders who is funding the campaign?

“Red Alert” in the Dominican Republic over Plans to Legalize Abortion

 By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, April 5. 2008 ( – The Catholic Church in the Dominican Republic has declared a “red alert” regarding the possibility that abortion could be legalized after the coming presidential elections, according to Father Luis Rosario, coordinator of the youth organization Pastoral Juvenil.

An attempt to legalize abortion last year failed after pro-lifers, led by Cardinal Archbishop Nicholas Jesus Rodriguez of Santo Domingo, led a massive nationwide protest that lasted an entire month, culminating in a huge march in the capital and a speech on national radio by the Cardinal.

However, members of the left-leaning Progressive Bloc parties that dominate the Dominican National Congress have made clear statements since the protests that they wish to revive the debate following the upcoming elections on May 16th.

The Dominican Republic is one of five Latin American countries in which all abortions, except indirect procedures to save a woman’s life, are penalized under the criminal code.  The others are Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Chile.

Rosario considers abortion to be “the greatest violence and abuse that can be committed against a human being,” reports the Dominican publication Hoy.  He announced the “red alert” in a press conference given at the beginning of Child Abuse Protection Month in the Dominican Republic.

Previous coverage:

“March for Life” through Capital of Dominican Republic Caps Off Month-Long Campaign

Dominicans Stage Massive Pro-Life Demonstration at National Congress

Cardinal Denounces Proposal to Legalize Abortion in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Protest Against Attempt to Legalize Abortion

Dominican Republic Refuses to Legalize Abortion for Rape Victims

Islam Overtakes Catholicism as the World’s Largest Religion?

March 31, 2008


“Islam Overtakes Catholicism as the World’s Largest Religion”has been a headline that has hit the blogosphere hard and taken off running… But there are some points to ponder when taking in this story…

Islam is not a singular cohsesive institution… There are divisions. If we are going to compare all adherents to forms of Islam to another group, wouldn’t it be all adherents to forms of Christianity? If we are going to compare the largest sub-groups… Well Holy Mother Church still is the largest single religious body the world has ever known. And we are still growing.

Something to really consider though – Muslims have more children. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank You Governor Strickland

March 27, 2008

Thanks Governors Ted Strickland & Mike Rounds!

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) and South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed into law bills that require abortion clinics to provide fetal ultrasound to those women contemplating abortion. I want to publicly thank them for that. Those states join eleven other states that require ultrasound before an abortion and that is literally turning the tide on the abortion debate in favor of life. There is a entity called Womb with a View that does ultrasound and their selection of that name says it all.The Ohio bill, was passed by their Senate on March 14 and before that their House passed it in December 07. It is named the Ultrasound Viewing Bill, HB 314.

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Contraception: Why Not? MP3s by Dr. Janet Smith

March 21, 2008


A professor of moral theology, Janet Smith is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader, and Life Issues, Medical Choices. (Click To Listen, Right Click To Download)

Contraception: Why Not? – Part 1

Contraception: Why Not? – Part 2

SOURCE: CatholiciPod

To hear an interview with Dr. Janet Smith, Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics and Professor of Moral Theology from an Australian Radio (May 2, 2006 at 8.30pm)
on the topics of condoms and AIDS:

While you are thinking about it… Stop in and take a look at Taylor Marshall’s The Bible Against Contraception