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.