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Catholic Hospital, Awards Pro-Abortion Politician
5-3-02 | Fr. Peter West

Posted on 05/03/2002 6:40:01 PM PDT by Coleus

Dear Friends,

The following is a story about New Jersey, but I think it's typical of the relationships that many Catholic hospitals and Catholic Charities have with pro-abortion politicians upon whom they seem to depend for funding. I hope you find the information contained in this article helpful in speaking out against bureaucrats working for Catholic institutions who fail to defend Catholic values in your area. I would hate to think that Church officials are not more forceful in speaking up for pre-born children in danger of abortion because of the money they're getting from politicians for Catholic institutions, but sometimes it appears that way.

St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, NJ is giving the "Spirit of St. Francis" award to Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman. Assemblywoman Coleman is a pro-abortion extremist who is endorsed and funded by Planned Parenthood. The radical pro-abortion group New Jersey Right to Choose has also endorsed her. This extremist organization would never have supported her if they doubted her support for partial-birth abortion. (See the following link for an explanation of partial-birth abortion

Priest's For Life, Partial Birth Abortion

Assemblywoman Coleman voted against Parental Notification two times. This bill would have required parents to at least be notified before their minor daughter has an abortion. She is the Chairwoman of the Democratic State Committee and the Appropriations Committee Chair.

Please contact:

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman
226 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
PHONE NUMBER: (609) 292-0500
Fax Number (609)-633 2179
E-MAIL ADDRESS: Assemblywoman Watson-Coleman

Ask her, politely, to remove her name from consideration for the St. Francis Award.

For St. Francis Hospital to give this award to a pro-abortion politician is an affront to St. Francis who abhorred all killing and is contrary to the stated policy of the Diocese of Trenton. Please contact Bonnie Baker of Community Relations Development at (609) 599-5039 to express your opinion about this outrage.

It is interesting to note that the State Legislature gives money to Catholic Charities. One must also wonder if there are strings attached to this money. More than one director of Catholic organizations has told me that their organizations were denied government grants because they would not refer people to Planned Parenthood. Another interesting fact is that Assemblywoman Coleman's husband William Coleman is on the Board of St. Francis Hospital. Another relative William Watson is also on the Board.

So far the Diocese of Trenton has not issued any statement about this matter. At the end of this email is a copy stated policy of the Diocese of Trenton on pro-abortion politicians from July 24, 1990. Bishop Smith reaffirmed this policy in July 2001. The policy is excellent and should be a model for other dioceses. Too bad it's not being enforced. In his Encyclical Veritatis Splendor Pope John Paul II outlines the responsibility of Catholic Bishops to exercise vigilance over Catholic institutions in their diocese. Section 116 states the following:

"We have the duty, as Bishops, to be vigilant that the word of God is faithfully taught. My Brothers in the Episcopate, it is part of our pastoral ministry to see to it that this moral teaching is faithfully handed down and to have recourse to appropriate measures to ensure that the faithful are guarded from every doctrine and theory contrary to it. In carrying out this task we are all assisted by theologians; even so, theological opinions constitute neither the rule nor the norm of our teaching. Its authority is derived, by the assistance of the Holy Spirit and in communion cum Petro et sub Petro, from our fidelity to the Catholic faith which comes from the Apostles. As Bishops, we have the grave obligation to be personally vigilant that the "sound doctrine" (1 Tim 1:10) of faith and morals is taught in our Dioceses.

A particular responsibility is incumbent upon Bishops with regard to Catholic institutions. Whether these are agencies for the pastoral care of the family or for social work, or institutions dedicated to teaching or health care, Bishops can canonically erect and recognize these structures and delegate certain responsibilities to them. Nevertheless, Bishops are never relieved of their own personal obligations. It falls to them, in communion with the Holy See, both to grant the title "Catholic" to Church-related schools,(179) universities,(180) health-care facilities and counseling services, and, in cases of a serious failure to live up to that title, to take it away." (For the full context see the following link:

Pope's Encyclical Regarding Bishop's Responsibilities

Please contact Bishop Smith and politely ask him to enforce his policy.

Below is his contact information:

Most Rev. John M. Smith, J.C.D., D.D.
Bishop, Diocese of Trenton
P. O. Box 5147
Trenton, NJ 08638-0147
(609) 406-7400

Bishop Smith's communications are handled through the Office of Media Relations. Below is their contact information:

Office of Media Relations
Diocesan Pastoral Center
PO Box 5147-0147
701 Lawrenceville Road
Trenton, NJ 08038-0147
(609) 406-7538 Fax: 609-406-7423
E-mail: Diocese of Trenton

Also, the Francis Dolan of Catholic Charities of Trenton and New Jersey Catholic Conference praised Governor McGreevey's budget without mentioning the fact that it funds of the killing of pre-born children. Francis Dolan's praise of Governor McGreevey is contained in an article in the Monitor under the headline "Catholic Charities Gives Thumbs UP For Proposed Budget". His praise was also reported in the Trenton Times on Monday April 29 under the headline "We Applaud the Governor's Budget". Governor McGreevey voted twice against banning partial-birth abortion as a state senator.

Below is a link to the statement praising McGreevey by the New Jersey Catholic Conference that represents the Bishops of New Jersey:

NJ Catholic Conference Praising Pro-Abortion, Catholic Governor James E. McGreevey, BARF

While there are many positive aspects to Governor McGreevey's budget, the fact that it funds the killing of children is unconscionable. Catholic Charities and the New Jersey Catholic Conference should not have praised Governor McGreevey without expressing at least some disappointment in the funding of the killing of the unborn.

I saw a letter to the Editor in the Catholic Advocate. Most likely it appeared in all of the New Jersey diocesan papers. If you would like to express your opinion on this matter below is the contact information for all five diocesan papers in New Jersey.

Diocese of Camden
Catholic Star Herald
1845 Haddon Ave.
Camden NJ 08101
Tel: (856) 756-7900; FAX: (856) 756-7938
E-mail: Catholic Star Herald
Published weekly, circulation 35,000

Diocese of Metuchen
The Catholic Spirit
PO Box 191
Metuchen NJ 08840
Tel: (732) 562-1990; FAX: (732) 562-0969
E-mail: The Catholic Spirit

Published weekly, circulation 12,000

Archdiocese of Newark
The Catholic Advocate
171 Clifton Avenue
Newark NJ 07104-9500
Tel: (973) 497-4200; FAX: (973) 497-4192
E-mail: The Catholic Advocate
Published bi-weekly, circulation 128,600

Diocese of Paterson
The Beacon
PO Box 1887
Clifton NJ 07015-1887
Tel: (973) 279-8845; FAX: (973) 279-2265

E-mail: The Beacon
Published weekly, circulation 31,650

Diocese of Trenton
The Monitor
PO Box 5147
Trenton NJ 08638-0147
Tel: (609) 406-7404; FAX: (609) 406-7423
Published weekly, circulation 20,000

You may want to incorporate some ideas from the Bishop's Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities. In this plan issued in November 2001 the Bishops of the United States say:

"To focus on the evil of deliberate killing in abortion and euthanasia is not to ignore the many other urgent conditions that demean human dignity and threaten human rights. Opposing abortion and euthanasia "does not excuse indifference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice. Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing and health care" (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 23).

We pray that Catholics will be advocates for the weak and the marginalized in all these areas. "But being 'right' in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. Indeed, the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the 'rightness' of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community" (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 23). (For the full context see Living the Gospel of Life, no.23

The press release of the New Jersey Catholic Conference lists Marlene Laó-Collins as a contact person. She is Associate Director for Social Concerns.

Her email address is
Marlene Lao-Collins
Her phone number is
(609) 599-2110.

The Executive Director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference is William F. Bolan, Jr., J.D.. Below is his contact information:

211 North Warren Street
Trenton, NJ 08618-4894
(609) 599-2110
Fax (609) 392-3094
William F. Bolan

The President of the New Jersey Catholic Conference is Archbishop John J. Myers.

Below is his contact information:

Most Rev. John J. Myers, J.C.D., D.D.
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Newark
P. O. Box 9500
Newark, NJ 07104-9500

The Archbishop's communications are usually handled through Jim Goodness, the Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Newark. He can be reached at the Archdiocesan address above. His phone number and email address are below:

(973) 497-4186
Jom Goodness>

Below is the statement from the Diocese of Trenton referred to above. It can be found at

Diocese of Trenton, Pro-Life Policy



Most Rev. John M. Smith, J.C.D.
Bishop of Trenton
July 24, 1990
Reaffirmed July, 2001

"Some Catholic elected officials have adopted the argument that, while they personally oppose evils like abortion, they cannot force their religious views on a wider society. This is seriously mistaken on several key counts: First, regarding abortion, the point when human like begins is not a religious belief, but a scientific fact. Second, the sanctity of human life is not merely Catholic doctrine but part of humanity's global ethnic heritage, and our nations' founding principle. Finally, democracy is not served by silence…Real pluralism depends on people of conviction struggling vigorously to advance their beliefs by every ethical and legal means at their disposal." --Living the Gospel of Life, U.S. Catholic Bishops


It would be misleading to assist pro-choice politicians with a platform to promote their views for fear that others would falsely conclude that the Church at least tolerates their position.


1. Public honors of any type should not be bestowed on such persons, by any parish or diocesan institution;

2. Invitations are not to be offered to such persons to be speakers at public events or in educational programs, nor given recognition or approval by parishes or diocesan institutions;

3. Such persons should not be proposed to exercise any ministry, or hold any office in the Church or in any parish, even as an honorary chairperson.

It is incumbent upon us as moral guides and pastors to make certain that the Church's teaching is proclaimed clearly, and is explained by presenting the theological and rational arguments against abortion.

Rising above other issues is our moral responsibility to respect and sustain human life from conception to natural death. In this context, we know that support and promotion of abortion is always wrong and can never be justified. The Church's teaching about the sacredness of human life must be a priority for all Catholics.

Most Reverend John M. Smith
Bishop of Trenton

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

"Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. The conviction that human life is sacred and that each person has inherent dignity that must be respected in society lies at the heart of Catholic social teaching. Calls to advance human rights are illusions if the right to life itself is subject to attack. We believe that every human life is sacred from conception to natural death: that people are more important than things: and that the measure of every institution is whether or not it enhances the life and dignity of the human person."

-- Faithful Citizenship, National Conference of Catholic Bishops

"Now the word of the Lord came to me saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I consecrated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you."

-- Jeremiah 1:5

"We urge those Catholic officials who choose to depart from Church teaching on the inviolability of human life in their public life to consider the consequences for their own spiritual well being, as well as the scandal they risk by leading others into serious sin. We call on them to reflect the grave contradiction of assuming public roles and presenting themselves as credible Catholics when their actions on fundamental issues of human life are not in agreement with Church teaching. No public official, especially one claiming to be a faithful and serious Catholic, can responsibly advocate for or actively support direct attacks on innocent human life…No appeal to policy, procedure, majority will or pluralism ever excuses a public official from defending life to the greatest extent possible."

-- Living the Gospel of Life, U.S. Catholic Bishops


Diocese of Trenton
701 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-406-7400, Ext. 5592

Reverend Jeffrey E. Lee, Director

Reverend Michael Manning, M.D., Coordinator, Respect Life Ministries E-mail: Rev. Michael Manning, M.D.


TOPICS: General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionlist; catholichospital; catholichospitals; catholiclist; frpeterwest; hospital; newjersey; nj; politician; prolife
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And the beat goes on, when will it ever end, these Bishops and Catholic organizations are hypocritical and do not abide by the Catholic Faith and its teachings.
1 posted on 05/03/2002 6:40:01 PM PDT by Coleus
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Catholic Organization praises pro-abortion, Catholic NJ Governor, James E. McGreevey. Catholic Hospital awards pro-abortion NJ Assemblywoman.
2 posted on 05/03/2002 6:43:50 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus
Thank you Coleus. Bump to read tomorrow when I'll be more awake.
3 posted on 05/03/2002 6:47:44 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: Coleus
This is an absolute disgrace . . . it's going to everyone on my list right now. Smith is my Bishop. He can count on hearing from my entire family on this one.
4 posted on 05/03/2002 6:53:55 PM PDT by Exit 109
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To: *New_Jersey; *Catholic_List
5 posted on 05/03/2002 7:58:15 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus
The is what big government does. So much of life is government it is difficult to resist. But they should. Thanks for the ping.
6 posted on 05/03/2002 7:58:57 PM PDT by LarryLied
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This is a disgrace. Some great contact info is listed. We need to make our voices heard.
7 posted on 05/03/2002 8:56:56 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Diago
Thanks for the ping. I'll add these people to my daily prayers.
8 posted on 05/03/2002 9:00:29 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: Coleus
Good work, thanks.
9 posted on 05/03/2002 9:06:01 PM PDT by ELS
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To: Coleus
This is a good post ---I'll get at those links. Thanks.
10 posted on 05/03/2002 9:26:05 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: Coleus
Seriously, I wish all those who don't want to be Catholic would just say so and leave the Church until they recognized the TRUTH.

It seems what happens is that everyone wants to be tolerant and forgiving of sin and I believe that is what should happen when the sinner is truly repentant.

Those who flout their sin like it was a virtue should be told a few times what they are doing wrong and asked to repent and if they don't they should get the boot with an assurance that the door is always open when they understand.

Damn! I think I'm getting radical but I'm so sick of all these 'catholic' people who say they don't have to follow the beliefs of the Church. I'm sick of hearing about gay priests and pedophiles. I'm sick and tired of being asked for money in the name of Catholicism from people who act all pious and live outside the teachings of the Church. I'm just sick to death of the hierarchy letting this go on whether they are complicit or just turning a blind eye out of weakness or fear.

We need bishops and cardinals with booming voices shouting out the doctrines and tenets of our faith. They need to forget about money, social acceptance, politics and political correctness and live and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm sick and disgusted.

11 posted on 05/03/2002 10:06:50 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Coleus
Thanks for this post. We need to speak out.
12 posted on 05/03/2002 10:36:19 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Coleus
Thanks for the ping. This is truly a disgusting situation. My father-in-law just spent a couple weeks at St. Francis Hospital and this is my diocese - so this all hits close to home. I may have to rethink how much I put in the weekly collection basket and the annual Bishop's appeal. I realize that would be an "un-Christian" act, but I'm at my wits end as to what to do with our liberal American Catholic church.
13 posted on 05/03/2002 10:39:42 PM PDT by TomT in NJ
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To: tiki
Yes we need bishops and Cardinals to do so but the ones we have now, don't seem to be doing their jobs.
14 posted on 05/04/2002 4:14:49 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: TomT in NJ
Make sure you let them know why you are withholding the money, a copy of this thread is a good start.
15 posted on 05/04/2002 4:16:57 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: tiki
Seriously, I wish all those who don't want to be Catholic would just say so and leave the Church until they recognized the TRUTH.

They don't because they hate the TRUTH and are trying to tear down the Church from the inside. They will never leave unless they are forced out. Get crackin'!

Oh, and any time someone from Catholic Charities or one of these other fake, phony, fraud organizations asks you for money, send a check to one of these two places and tell them you sent their donation to an organization that upholds Catholic teachings:

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
16 posted on 05/04/2002 8:05:38 PM PDT by Antoninus
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To: Antoninus
Good idea and I also think that some of us Freepers ought to get the thing about copper Sunday out to the media. Let other faithful Catholics know that it will be a time for their voices to be heard loud and clear and they don't even have to open their mouths.
17 posted on 05/04/2002 8:14:20 PM PDT by tiki
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18 posted on 05/05/2002 2:49:04 PM PDT by mickie
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I hope the e-mail boxes are full when they get to work on Monday.
19 posted on 05/05/2002 7:03:32 PM PDT by Coleus
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p i n g
20 posted on 05/06/2002 7:18:54 AM PDT by history_matters
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