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Pro-Abortion MSNBC Host Chris Matthews to Speak at Saint Joseph's University
Life News ^ | April 3, 2009 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 04/04/2009 2:34:00 PM PDT by NYer

Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) -- Though the University of Notre Dame is coming under intense criticism for its decision to have pro-abortion President Barack Obama give its graduation address, the Catholic Saint Joseph’s University has invited pro-abortion MSNBC political talk show host Chris Matthews to give commencement.

That is despite Matthews long-standing pro-abortion views and his recent comparison of pro-life advocates to terrorists.

Like Notre Dame, Saint Joseph's will also give Matthews an honorary degree at the gradation ceremonies.

Matthews is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross but his own Catholic faith has diverged from the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church.

His political career saw him as a top staffer for pro-abortion former House Speaker Tip O'Neil and he is an unabashed supporter of Obama.

In March, Matthews referred to pro-life advocates who oppose pro-abortion Health Secretary nominee Kathleen Sebelius as terrorists.

During his program "Hardball," Matthews worried that Sebelius would become the target of "the terrorism of the, of the anti-abortion people."
Immediately after making the remark, Matthews appeared to realize his mistake and corrected himself to say, "I mean verbal terrorism."

St. Joseph's is defying the request the nation's Catholics bishops made in a document providing instructions for Catholic colleges and universities.

“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles,” said the bishops said in a 2004 statement. “They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

ACTION: Contact St. Joseph's University with your concerns. Contact St. Joseph's University, Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., Office of the President, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395, email tlannon@sju.edu, or call 610-660-1000


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; matthews; ndu

1 posted on 04/04/2009 2:34:01 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
For those of you looking into potential Catholic colleges for your kids, here's another you can scratch.

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2 posted on 04/04/2009 2:36:00 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Chrissy is taking his tingle on the road. Nice.


3 posted on 04/04/2009 2:36:15 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We're All Garbage Dump Bears Now!)
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To: NYer

Are these rebellious Catholic institutions? What’s the matter with them?

There’s mental insanity in these Catholic University administrators...


4 posted on 04/04/2009 2:38:49 PM PDT by prismsinc (A.K.A. "The Terminator"!)
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To: NYer
When Chrissy has one he can speak on the subject any way he chooses... not until then.
5 posted on 04/04/2009 2:40:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: prismsinc

You wrote:

“Are these rebellious Catholic institutions?”

Rebellious and no longer really Catholic.

“What’s the matter with them?”

Led by the Devil.

“There’s mental insanity in these Catholic University administrators...”

I think it leans more toward possession than insanity.


6 posted on 04/04/2009 2:41:48 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: NYer
Clearly NOT a 'values' decision; Matthews, with his leg still tingling for Obama. . .

Sad testimony. . .

7 posted on 04/04/2009 2:43:54 PM PDT by cricket (NOOOOOOO to Serfdom. . .)
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To: prismsinc

Years ago Bishop Sheen recommended sending your children to a good state University with a GOOD Newman Club.


8 posted on 04/04/2009 2:44:03 PM PDT by ardara
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To: NYer

They wanted to make a statement about being pro-abortion.


9 posted on 04/04/2009 2:44:29 PM PDT by RedRedRose
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To: NYer
Emailed.

Another “Catholic” university that will not receive any donations from me or my family.

Semper Fi,
Kelly

10 posted on 04/04/2009 2:50:55 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: NYer

I can ALMOST see the rationale behind inviting the sitting POTUS to speak at a Catholic university - although I would not do it in the case of Obama. But for a Catholic school to invite a partisan nothing like “tingles” Chrissy, no conceivable rationale at all.


11 posted on 04/04/2009 2:52:47 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo (Earth - Taking care of itself since 4.6 billion BC)
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To: RedRedRose

It’s amazing isn’t it, how language and liberal attitudes have permeated so many people.

So now pro-life people are on the same level as terrorists. Interesting............

Anyone opposed to same-sex marriage is also a hate filled bigot who doesn’t want to celebrate diversity...........

Anyone who is opposed to affirmative action is a racist...............

Anyone who is opposed to Obama’s tax “fairness” plans hates the poor and wants to help the rich get richer, the unspoken thought being that the wealthy are somehow evil...............

Anyone who opposed gun control is in favor of massacres such as happened in upstate New York yesterday..............

Anyone opposed to socialized medicine is against health care for the poor....................

Anyone opposed to abortion on demand is in favor of women dying on a coat hanger.......................

If you are not sold on the hype of global warming, you are in favor of despoiling the environment and you are in favor of our coastal cities being flooded................

If you don’t want to use those new fangled light bulbs, you are in favor of pollution and aren’t concerned about protecting Mother Earth................

I’m sure I missed some liberal mind-sets here. But I think I’m catching on. If you oppose the liberal/radical agenda in any way, you don’t just disagree. You are evil and must be destroyed.


12 posted on 04/04/2009 2:53:51 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: NYer
Here's just a short list of the reasons why Chris Matthews is a hack and shouldn't be speaking there as if he were a serious journalist.
13 posted on 04/04/2009 2:56:04 PM PDT by exist
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To: NYer

I guess Catholics don’t really care much about abortion.


14 posted on 04/04/2009 3:12:11 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to get Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; there might be show trials in 2009.)
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To: Finalapproach29er

Nice generalization. I guess your mommy and daddy didn’t believe in educating their children.


15 posted on 04/04/2009 3:14:38 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: NYer
Will these institutions never learn?

Apparently occuring the wrath of Christians and God doesn't bother them anymore.

16 posted on 04/04/2009 3:16:01 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Dilbert San Diego; RedRedRose
It’s amazing isn’t it, how language and liberal attitudes have permeated so many people.

Close ... but try using a different adjective like secular. Back in 2005, then Cardnal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), delivered this homily at the Mass preceding the election of the new pontiff. In it, he commented:

How many winds of doctrine have we known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of the thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - flung from one extreme to another: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism and so forth. Every day new sects spring up, and what St Paul says about human deception and the trickery that strives to entice people into error (cf. Eph 4: 14) comes true.
FULL TEXT

Prophetic, in a sense. This is what we are witnessing on a global scale. And it will get worse before it gets better.

17 posted on 04/04/2009 3:16:28 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: Finalapproach29er

There are alot of Catholics that do, but apparently more that don’t.


18 posted on 04/04/2009 3:17:56 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: NYer
2 Timothy 3:1-7
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Both Notre Dame and now St. Joseph are handing out "HONORARY" degrees to men who are in full support of murdering unborn children. It is long overdue for the Catholic church to stand against those who are in favor of killing off our unborn children. Politicians and those in the media are saying it is OK to kill children with their support of abortion. Church leadership needs to give them a good kick in the seat of the pants to the curb.

19 posted on 04/04/2009 3:55:48 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: NYer

In your opinion, how much worse will it get and for how many more years?
Thanks for the link to Pope Benedict’s homily. I enjoy reading him so much.


20 posted on 04/04/2009 4:13:51 PM PDT by RedRedRose
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To: NYer
...but his own Catholic faith has diverged from the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church.

We get to make our own?

When did that start?

21 posted on 04/04/2009 5:20:29 PM PDT by JohnG45
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To: JohnG45

Evidently it’s like building your own pizza.


22 posted on 04/04/2009 5:37:15 PM PDT by RedRedRose
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To: NYer

A majority of Catholics voted for this mutt.

As for my education, I didn’t attend Notre Dame.


23 posted on 04/04/2009 8:09:11 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to get Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; there might be show trials in 2009.)
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To: RedRedRose
In your opinion, how much worse will it get and for how many more years?

Throughout history, we have witnessed the attempt of various leaders to eradicate organized religion in their societies. We are all familiar with the persecution of the early christians in Rome. In more recent times, we have read about Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, PolPot and other government leaders who destroyed churches and synagogues and routed out their adherents. In all instances, those communities went underground and emerged victoriously after the fall of their persecutors.

The secularist trend emerging in today's society is worldwide. In China, for example, it has taken the form of two Catholic Churches - one approved by the Chinese government which decides its bishops and an underground Catholic Church, faithful to the Magisterium with bishops and cardinals appointed by the Holy Father. I recall one consistory where the Holy Father's newly appointed Cardinal for China was kept nameless to protect his identity. The same pattern is now emerging in VietNam where the government has intervened in Church governance by rejecting Cardinal appointments. To ensure the Holy See gets the message, they recently confiscated Church property.

One need only watch the news to see how far the tentacles of secularism have spread around the globe. Here in the US, children are no longer allowed to say a prayer in school. There is a growing movement to remove the words: 'In God We Trust', from our currency. In GB, a growing number of christians are seeking to be "un-baptized".

Where will this lead? In his final lenten reflection, Fr. John Corapi addressed the topic of suffering and why God allows it. He pointed to 9-11. On 9-10, no child was allowed to pray in school; on 9-11, children prayed in schools across the US. On 9-10, women came to abortion clinics for their appointments; on 9-11, not one woman showed up at an abortion clinic. In fact, in the days following 9-11, Planned Parenthood began offering free abortions to encourage business. On 9-10, the churches were nearly empty; on 9-11, lengthy lines formed for the Sacrament of Confession at churches across America.

Today, it seems our memories of 9-11 have been wiped clean. Abortions continue to rise. To this, our new president has approved fetal stem cell research, yet one more opportuity to destroy life. Certain states and internatioal countries have approved euthanasia, while others are legalizing gay marriage. In GB, the government has legalized experimentation of human/animal hybrids.

The day and hour of Christ's return is known only to God. We do, however, have a sense of timeliess based on our Lord's words to St. Faustina. He asked her to be the Secretary of His Divine Mercy and instructed her to keep a journal in which to record what He said. She was a poorly educated woman but her diary has passed scrupulous scrutiny and been approved by the Holy See. Note the following comments our Lord made to St. Faustina regarding the Feast of Divine Mercy, which is to be celebrated on the Sunday following Easter.

“ I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open.  The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (699)  "Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion.  I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy.  If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity...tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.” (965)
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He further instructed Faustina:

Write this: before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Saviour were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day. (83) 

Wishing you a beautiful Palm Sunday and a blessed Holy Week.

24 posted on 04/05/2009 5:56:48 AM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Thank you for the beautiful reply. I have Devine Mercy Sunday marked on my calendar but didn’t know the significance of it at all.
Thank you for the good wishes. I just came from Mass and our Priest and his helper SANG the Mass in Latin! It was so beautiful and moving. I could pick out enough words to know what they were singing and my mind just followed the story. I’ll never forget this day and how it touched my soul. I wish everyone could experience this. Is this happening in regular (Novus Ordum?) Mass today, too?


25 posted on 04/05/2009 9:00:39 AM PDT by RedRedRose
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To: RedRedRose

Oh good grief, I meant Novus Ordo.


26 posted on 04/05/2009 1:08:20 PM PDT by RedRedRose
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“It’s amazing isn’t it, how language and liberal attitudes have permeated so many people.

So now pro-life people are on the same level as terrorists. Interesting............

Anyone opposed to same-sex marriage is also a hate filled bigot who doesn’t want to celebrate diversity...........

Anyone who is opposed to affirmative action is a racist...............

Anyone who is opposed to Obama’s tax “fairness” plans hates the poor and wants to help the rich get richer, the unspoken thought being that the wealthy are somehow evil...............

Anyone who opposed gun control is in favor of massacres such as happened in upstate New York yesterday..............

Anyone opposed to socialized medicine is against health care for the poor....................

Anyone opposed to abortion on demand is in favor of women dying on a coat hanger.......................

If you are not sold on the hype of global warming, you are in favor of despoiling the environment and you are in favor of our coastal cities being flooded................

If you don’t want to use those new fangled light bulbs, you are in favor of pollution and aren’t concerned about protecting Mother Earth................

I’m sure I missed some liberal mind-sets here. But I think I’m catching on. If you oppose the liberal/radical agenda in any way, you don’t just disagree. You are evil and must be destroyed.”

Well put, Dilbert San Diego. Liberalism is not only a political philosophy and a mental disorder but also a religion with followers as devoted to their cause as members of the Taliban.


27 posted on 04/05/2009 3:08:37 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: NYer

BTTT


28 posted on 04/06/2009 5:32:43 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: ReformationFan

Thanks for the kudos.

Yes some of these liberals have a religious like zeal for their causes. That’s ironic because most liberals tend to dislike religion, but they have a mentality and mindset that is stronger than many religious people.


29 posted on 04/07/2009 7:30:21 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I think the reason why is today’s liberals generally are atheist/agnostic and they try to fill the void and need for God with the state instead. Since conservatism by definition does not see the state as a savior, you never see conservatives act as deranged when they lose like liberals act when they lose(case in point: Al Gore, the election of 2000, and all those folks crying and screaming claiming they “accidentally” voted for Patrick Buchanan because the butterfly ballots were “too hard to understand”).

Liberals tend to follow the Jean Jacques Rousseau viewpoint of the state as a “liberator” of man when in fact conservatives know the state is in fact an oppressor of man.


30 posted on 04/07/2009 3:36:04 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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