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  • Federal agents would face arrest under Alaska gun bill

    01/19/2013 7:13:15 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 10 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 2013-01-16 | RICHARD MAUER
    House Speaker Mike Chenault says federal law enforcement officers should be arrested in Alaska if they attempt to enforce any future federal law banning personal possession of assault rifles or large ammunition clips or if they attempt to register any Alaska firearm. On Wednesday, just as President Obama was announcing new firearm-control initiatives in the aftermath of the child murders at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Chenault offered his countermeasure in House Bill 69. His bill would extend the reach of a law passed in 2010 by asserting that any firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition possessed by anyone in...
  • Compendium of State Pro-Gun Activity

    01/18/2013 3:07:55 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 23 replies
    2013-01-18
    This is intended as an ongoing collection of links to State or Local acts of resistance to Federal Gun Bans. It is intended to include statements from Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Attorneys General, Governors, etc. as well as proposed legislation.http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2979603/postsSheriff's Corner: Gun Control (Kimball County, Nebraska)Oklahoma Threatens Five Years Imprisonment for Federal Gun GrabbersChris Christie Slams ‘Reprehensible’ NRA For ‘Dragging People’s Children’ Into Gun Cont. Debate(Vid) (NOTE: Anti-gun garbage from Chris Christie.)Oklahoma anti-gun control law to jail federal gun controllers for 5 yearsVA liberal Dem delegate Joe Morrisey waves an AK 47 on the VA House floor (Antigun democRat jackass in...
  • WEST Virginia --- Post Election Observations here

    11/06/2012 10:33:10 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 34 replies
    2012-11-06 | Me
    1) Wife voted early (last week). Very long line. 2) I voted this morning, ~0900. Waited in > 1 hour line. This is unusually long for rural WV. Election emphasis is on local/state elections. Very few presidential stickers/signs out.
  • The Four Golden Rules of Firearms Safety

    03/02/2011 9:21:03 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 160 replies
    AC ^ | Feb 11, 2010 | Dan S. Defense
    Guns are dangerous tools. They can save lives and they can destroy them. When you take on the responsibility to handle a firearm, you must take it seriously and you must educate yourself, on all that it takes to be a safe and responsible gun owner. You may be surprised to learn that there are only four basic golden rules to gun safety. If you follow these rules—at all times—you will be safe and so will the people around you. Please realize that any gun owner who's foolish enough to disobey these golden rules, by negligence or stupidity, makes us...
  • Press Release on Coakley Hostility to Conscience Rights

    03/15/2010 7:57:23 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 148+ views
    Catholic Medical Association ^ | January 18, 2010 | Catholic Medical Association
    Philadelphia, PA – January 18, 2010 – In a statement released Monday, the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) condemned statements regarding respect for conscience rights made by Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley in an interview conducted on January 14. “In the course of the interview, Martha Coakley demonstrated hostility to conscience rights in general, and to the beliefs of faithful Catholics in particular,” stated John F. Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L., executive director of the CMA. When asked if she would support federal legislation that protected the conscience rights of health care providers, Coakley replied, “I don’t believe that would be included in...
  • CMA Issues Open Letter to President Obama and Congress

    03/15/2010 7:55:32 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 6 replies · 280+ views
    Catholic Medical Association ^ | February 23, 2010 | Leonard P. Rybak, M.D., Ph.D.
    The Catholic Medical Association (CMA), the largest association of Catholic physicians in the United States, has been carefully monitoring the health-care reform debate. Now, given the clear lack of support from the American people, and given the substantial flaws that exist in House and Senate bills, we believe the most responsible course of action is to pause, reflect, and then begin the legislative process anew, working in a more deliberate and bipartisan manner. It is more important that health-care reform be done right than to finish the legislative process by a date certain. Current health-care legislation is now opposed by...
  • Catholic Medical Association Talking Points on Health Care Reform

    03/15/2010 7:47:45 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 8 replies · 156+ views
    Catholic Medical Association ^ | N/A | Catholic Medical Association
    Key Talking Points * While health-care financing and delivery systems in the United States suffer from significant flaws impacting cost and access which have accumulated over the years, the entire system is not broken. Reform legislation should focus on addressing specific issues; not on replacing or overhauling the entire health-care system at one time. * While attention is rightly paid to the socio-economic aspects of the crisis in health care and delivery, it is essential to acknowledge and respect the fundamental ethical principles at stake. Above all, it is necessary at this time to ensure that any national health-care reform...
  • CMA Supports Senator Ben Nelson’s Opposition to Abortion Funding in Senate Health Care Legislation

    03/15/2010 7:35:40 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 7 replies · 211+ views
    Catholic Medical Association ^ | December 18, 2009 | N/A
    Philadelphia, PA – December 18, 2009 – The Catholic Medical Association (CMA), together with the Omaha Guild of the CMA, issued a statement of support for Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) for his integrity in opposing federal funding of abortion in the Senate version of health-care legislation and called upon Catholic organizations to remain united in opposing federal funding of abortion. CMA President Louis C. Breschi, M.D. issued this statement: "The CMA is grateful to Senator Ben Nelson for insisting that ironclad provisions prohibiting federal funding of abortion be inserted in the Senate bill before it is allowed to move forward....
  • Caption the Illiterate Protester

    01/14/2009 11:01:16 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 57 replies · 2,466+ views
    Zombietime ^ | 11JAN09 | Zombietime
  • You Can Trust The Communists

    10/09/2008 9:08:21 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 11 replies · 717+ views
    The Internet ^ | Dr. Fred C. Schwarz
    The thesis of this book is very simple. It is that Communists are Communists. I intend to show that they are exactly what they say they are; they believe what they say they believe; their objective is the objective they have repeatedly proclaimed to all the world; their organization is the organization they have described in minute detail; and their moral code is the one they have announced without shame. Once we accept the fact that Communists are Communists, and understand the laws of their thought and conduct, all the mystery disappears, and we are confronted with a movement which...
  • Pwn3d

    10/23/2007 1:31:44 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 84 replies · 146+ views
    my brain | today | Me
    Bloody Hell!!! Folks, if you're going to say that somebody got "owned" and misspell it in "hackerese" DO IT RIGHT!!! "P" is a substitute for "O". "3" is a substitute for "e". Both substitutions are the result of misplacing one's hands on the keyboard. It's pwn3d. Thank you. That is all.
  • Insecurity Forces Caritas Relocation in Sudan

    10/16/2007 7:22:45 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 69+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 120OCT2007
    DARFUR, Sudan, OCT. 12, 2007 ( Zenit.org).- Caritas Internationalis and Action by Churches Together aid agencies are relocating staff as insecurity in the region heightens. The organizations announced today that they are moving a number of the Darfur Emergency Response Operation program staff in Sudan's South Darfur. The joint faith-based operation, operating sine 2004, has channeled the resources of over 60 Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox organizations into one of the largest humanitarian programs in South and West Darfur. John Distefano, the director of the ACT-Caritas operation said, "This is a precautionary measure in line with standard procedures and we hope...
  • New High School to Honor Late Pope’s Love of Youths, Respect for Life

    10/16/2007 7:17:32 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 132+ views
    Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 11OCT2007 | GRETCHEN R. CROWE
    The legacy of Pope John Paul II and his love of young people will live on in the form of the newest Catholic high school currently under construction in the Arlington Diocese. Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School will open its doors next fall — and its namesake is an “incredible witness (who) had great respect for youth,” said Dominican Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, principal. “He led the world, and especially the youth, to Christ,” she said. “He had a way of speaking in a personal way. There’s something very magnanimous about him. His witness was just incredible.”...
  • Ethical blind spots

    08/15/2007 11:45:58 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 7 replies · 492+ views
    The Boston Pilog ^ | Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk
    When I traveled to Auschwitz a few years ago, one question played over and over in my mind: Did they know? Did the German people know what was happening in this camp near their own border, in their own occupied territories? With the trains coming and going year after year, with the long lines of prisoners and the billowing smokestacks, did they just turn a blind eye to the atrocities? Had they become desensitized to the point that they could no longer see the carefully choreographed death operations nearby? Some concentration camps, like the one in Dachau, were set in...
  • UCAN: Convent girls raped, church property destroyed as new PM takes office

    08/15/2007 11:41:07 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 13 replies · 551+ views
    DILI, East Timor (UCAN) – The Baucau diocese has expressed dismay over the rape of convent girls there and the burning of Church property following the announcement of the appointment of the country's new prime minister. Father Francisco Pinheiro da Silva, vicar general of Baucau diocese, says that around 2 a.m. on Aug. 10, unidentified men raped about nine girls, one of them only 8 years old and the others 15-17, at the Salesian-run convent school in Baguia subdistrict, 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) south of Baucau. "Indications show that the brutality and immoral actions were done by Fretilin supporters,"...
  • Amnesty International will defy Vatican pressure on abortion

    08/14/2007 2:14:10 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 14 replies · 460+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | Aug. 13, 2007 | cwnews
    London, Aug. 13, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Amnesty International plans to support abortion services for rape victims in Darfur, in spite of strong protests from the Vatican, the British Independent newspaper reports. In June Cardinal Renato Martino (bio - news), the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, scolded Amnesty International for a "pro-abortion about-turn," and encouraged Catholic donors to reconsider their support for the group. Episcopal conferences in several countries, including the US, soon joined in a campaign to reverse Amnesty's policy change. Representatives of Amnesty International, however, held firmly to their position that legal abortion is an...
  • 4 Priests Arrested in China

    08/14/2007 2:07:44 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 1 replies · 248+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 2007-07-29 | Zenit
    XIWANZI, China, JULY 29, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Four priests have been arrested and detained for refusing to join the Patriotic Association, the government body that oversees religious practice in the country. Three of the priests were arrested July 24, at the home of Catholic faithful in the Ximeng region of Inner Mongolia, the Cardinal Kung Foundation reported. Father Liang Aijun, 35, Father Wang Zhong, 41, and Father Gao Jinbao, 34, were hiding in order to avoid arrest, but were finally caught by eight plainclothes men. During the initial phase of the arrest, the priests were locked up in a cage, prohibited...
  • One child policy: the slogans change but the fines increase

    08/10/2007 12:02:26 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 2 replies · 181+ views
    Asia News ^ | 06AUG2007
    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – China has toned down its one child policy slogans, linking them to public welfare to make them seem less violent. In the meantime numerous provinces fine families 8 times the average annual wage for having more than one child. For years billboards and posters have read slogans such as: “One more baby means one more tomb”, “Raise fewer babies but more piggies", or “Houses toppled, cows confiscated, if abortion demand rejected”. Now the National Population and Family Planning Commission (Cpnpf) has decided to tone down violent publicity and adopt better suited ones “win more understanding to the...
  • Pope says young people attracted to Jesus, Gospel

    08/10/2007 11:55:14 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 5 replies · 313+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 09AUG2007 | Catholic News Service
    CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) -- Contrary to what many may think, young people are strongly attracted to Jesus Christ and the Gospel, Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of Spanish youths. The pope urged some 5,000 pilgrims from Youth Mission of Madrid to continue to help their peers discover they are all loved by God and that his is "the only love that never fails and never ends." The pope spoke to the young people packed inside the courtyard of his papal summer residence, south of Rome, Aug. 9. He also greeted thousands of young people who could not fit inside...
  • False idols of autonomy, utility work against life, cardinal says

    08/10/2007 11:53:05 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 8 replies · 337+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 07AUG2007 | Catholic News Service
    ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) -- Like the Israelites who idolized the golden calf, the pro-life movement is challenged today by "the idolatrous gospel of total autonomy, sheer utility and false mercy," Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia told a gathering in Arlington Aug. 2. The cardinal, who chairs the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, spoke on the opening day of the Aug. 2-4 annual conference of directors of diocesan pro-life offices and state Catholic conferences, sponsored by the bishops' pro-life secretariat. "Those who have blind faith in embryonic stem-cell research and its so-called 'biblical power to cure' -- as House Majority...
  • Man being robbed kills an attacker, police say

    07/16/2006 4:31:32 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 55 replies · 1,638+ views
    Daily Press (Hampton Roads, VA) ^ | July 15, 2006 | JUSTIN WALDEN
    NEWPORT NEWS -- A Williamsburg man being robbed by three people shot and killed one of his attackers and injured another, police said Friday. Morris L. Brown, 22, had just dropped off a friend at Heritage Trace apartments about 1:30 a.m. Friday when two people approached him and asked for drugs, said Lou Thurston, a spokesman for the Newport News Police Department. When Brown responded that he didn't have any drugs, the two said they were robbing him. A third person then approached him from behind, Thurston said. The two men in front of Brown started beating him, while the...
  • U.S. Bishops Responding After Storm Pounds Gulf Coast

    08/31/2005 6:07:13 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 1 replies · 131+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | AUG. 30, 2005 | N/A
    Code: ZE05083022 Date: 2005-08-30 National Collection for Hurricane Relief Announced U.S. Bishops Responding After Storm Pounds Gulf Coast WASHINGTON, D.C., AUG. 30, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. bishops' conference announced that a National Collection for Hurricane Relief will be taken up in the 195 Catholic dioceses throughout the country. Bishop William Skylstad, president of the conference, made the announcement in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which slammed the Gulf States on Monday. The storm sent a wall of water into Mississippi and led to the break of a levee in New Orleans, flooding the historic city. Bishop Skylstad said the USCCB...
  • 14 Thoughts For The New Pope [none of them good]

    04/20/2005 6:00:20 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 19 replies · 787+ views
    San Francisco Comical ^ | April 20, 2005 | Miss Markie Morford
    OK, first things first. They say you're a hard-line conservative, new pope Joseph Ratzinger (a.k.a. Benedict XVI) of Germany. Very old school and drab, a real lover of repressive, bitter, orthodox doctrine. No fun at parties. Catholic in chains. What glorious times of joy and progress the church is in for, millions now say, dejected sarcasm dripping from their once-hopeful mouths. See, most spiritually progressive peoples the world over were sort of hoping for a new pope who would recognize this as a historic opportunity, an unprecedented moment for the church to finally get with the times, modernize, shake off...
  • Can the Pope Retire?

    03/04/2005 7:23:32 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 531+ views
    The Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 3/3/05 | Fr. William P. Saunders
    Can the Pope Retire? By Fr. William P. SaundersHerald Columnist(From the issue of 3/3/05)Since Pope John Paul II has been ill, the media have mentioned his possible retirement. Can a pope retire? Has a pope ever retired in history? — A reader in AlexandriaThe Holy Father may retire if he chooses. The Code of Canon Law states, "If it should happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that he makes the resignation freely and that it be duly manifested, but not that it be accepted by anyone" (Canon 332, No. 2). Nevertheless, when a...
  • Vatican paper raps Sri Lanka on Israeli aid (correction)

    12/30/2004 9:14:32 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 49 replies · 2,580+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | Dec. 30, 2004 | N/A
    The following is a corrected version of a story that appeared on CWNews.com earlier this week, in which a crucial error in translation caused a serious misinterpretation of the news. CWNews apologizes for the error. Vatican, Dec. 28 (CWNews.com) - The Vatican newspaper has denounced a decision by Sri Lanka to reject emergency aid offered by the Israeli government. Sri Lanka declined the Israeli aid because it would have been furnished by a military team. Calling for "a radical and dramatic change of perspective" among people "too often preoccupied with making war," L'Osservatore Romano chastised the government of the stricken...
  • Keystone Kops at the Capitol

    12/18/2004 8:49:45 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 7 replies · 573+ views
    ********************************************************************** 1. Keystone Kops at the Capitol ********************************************************************** Dennis O'Connor, myself, George Pettit, and Jim Kadison went to the Capitol last week to speak with a senator about a VCDL bill. Thanks to that trip, Dennis now has a new nickname: Dennis "Lightning rod" O'Connor. Dennis gets that well deserved nickname because he is always the one singled out for 'special' treatment ;-) I really don't know what it is about Dennis. Those of you who have met him will agree that he is a friendly-polite-Irish-Roman-Catholic-middle-aged-retired-soldier-turned-Libertarian (say THAT quickly 10 times). Dennis' special treatment last week started when he arrived...
  • Western Media Misinforming About Iraq, Says Kirkuk Prelate

    11/20/2004 6:31:42 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 9 replies · 603+ views
    ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome Code: ZE04111803 Date: 2004-11-18 Western Media Misinforming About Iraq, Says Kirkuk Prelate Chaldean Archbishop Sees Hope in Elections KIRKUK, Iraq, NOV. 18, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk criticized Western media "misinformation" about his country and insisted that Iraqis are looking forward to elections "because they will be useful for national unity." "It is not all death and destruction," explained Archbishop Louis Sako in an interview Tuesday published by AsiaNews. "Much is positive in Iraq today," he said. "Universities are operating, schools are open, people go out onto the streets normally."...
  • Consumerism: A Subtle Corroder of Virtue

    09/30/2004 7:39:02 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 40 replies · 495+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 8/30/2004 | Dr. Ray Guarendi (interviewee)
    Consumerism: A Subtle Corroder of Virtue Psychologist Tells How Christians Can Resist Materialism UNIONTOWN, Ohio, AUG. 30, 2004 (Zenit) - Jesus Christ spoke out against greed more than any other vice. But despite those warnings, Christians are still incredibly susceptible to the allure of a materialistic lifestyle, says a Catholic psychologist. Dr. Ray Guarendi, author, radio host and father of 10, told us how Christians in the West are plagued by consumerism and what damage greed can do to Christian marriages, families and individuals. Q: Those in a free society are awash in choice in virtually all aspects of life:...
  • Our Father

    08/11/2004 8:45:49 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 6 replies · 634+ views
    The Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 8/5/04 | Fr. William Saunders
    Our Father By Fr. William P. SaundersHerald Columnist(From the issue of 8/5/04) Last Sunday, the gospel passage at Mass had the "Our Father." Why do Catholics not include, "For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, now and forever," at the end of the Our Father like the Protestants? – A reader in AlexandriaWhen discussing prayer with His disciples, our Lord said, "This is how you are to pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread and...
  • Straight Answers: Who Was Mary Magdalene?

    07/21/2004 8:12:17 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 28 replies · 661+ views
    The Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 7/22/04 | Fr. William P. Saunders
    Straight Answers: Who Was Mary Magdalene? By Fr. William P. SaundersHerald Columnist(From the issue of 7/22/04) I had a discussion with a friend of mine who read The Da Vinci Code who said that St. Mary Magdalene was neither a sinner nor a prostitute. Instead the Church made up that story to discredit her. What can I say to her? — A reader in AlexandriaControversy over the identity of St. Mary Magdalene has continued since the early Church. In the Gospels, there are three particular "characters" involved in the controversy: Mary Magdalene, a follower of our Lord (Jn 20:11-18); the...
  • Gun rights advocates defend open-carry law

    07/20/2004 3:44:36 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 14 replies · 1,287+ views
    The Washginton Times ^ | July 20, 2004 | Christina Bellantoni
    Virginians who exercise their right to carry guns in public have been criticized -- even ridiculed -- in recent days by critics on the both sides of the Potomac. But many gun rights advocates, state lawmakers and residents point out that it's much safer to shop, drive or walk along a street in Virginia than in the District, where handguns are banned and police just declared a "crime emergency." ... Virginia state Sen. Janet D. Howell says she was surprised when a D.C. resident sent her an e-mail saying he won't be crossing the Potomac into Virginia anymore because of...
  • Straight Answers: Cremation

    07/15/2004 4:08:17 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 25 replies · 510+ views
    The Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 7/15/04 | Fr. William P. Saunders
    Straight Answers: Cremation By Fr. William P. SaundersHerald Columnist(From the issue of 7/15/04) Recently, a neighbor’s wife died. She was then cremated. They want to take her ashes and spread them in the mountains she enjoyed hiking so much. As Catholics, are we allowed to cremate (I think we are now) and are we allowed to spread the ashes?  — A reader in Falls ChurchWhile cremation is definitely becoming more and more popular, it is actually something new to Catholic Christian tradition. The early Church retained the Jewish practice of bodily burial and rejected the common pagan Roman practice of...
  • Receiving Communion More Than Once

    07/14/2004 5:34:47 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 8 replies · 427+ views
    The Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 7/8/04 | Fr. William P. Saunders
    Receiving Communion More Than Once By Fr. William P. SaundersHerald Columnist(From the issue of 7/8/04) How many times can a person receive Holy Communion each day? I attended a wedding Mass in the morning and then went to the Saturday evening vigil Mass, but I was not sure whether I should have received the second time. – A reader in SterlingThe Code of Canon Law (#917) stipulates, "A person who has received the Most Holy Eucharist may receive it again on the same day only during the celebration of the Eucharist in which the person participates, with due regard for...
  • The Death of Morality

    07/14/2004 5:26:02 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 2 replies · 248+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 8, 2004 | Benjamin D. Wiker
    The Death of Morality By Benjamin D. WikerIt is difficult to gain attention in an era that uses superlatives to describe dishwashing liquid and mayonnaise. Perhaps speaking simply and directly might prove such an oddity that words may again have their proper power. And so, here it is: The greatest moral crisis is now upon us.I don’t mean the continual, factory slaughter of thousands of babies a day; or the endless parade of carnal innovations mincing across the public square, howling for recognition; or even the redefinition of marriage to include the indefinite union of anything. These are effects, more...
  • 911 Tape Played at Malvo's Sentencing Hearing

    12/19/2003 11:14:39 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 12 replies · 240+ views
    Fox News Website ^ | Friday, December 19, 2003 | AP
    <p>CHESAPEAKE, Va.  — A woman who lost her father in the Washington-area sniper shootings (search) last year confronted teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo (search) from the stand Friday, calling him "evil" as she described the impact of her father's death.</p> <p>"Because of you, he didn't have a chance to see his great-grandchild. That's insane of you to do. You're evil," said Myrtha Cinada, daughter of Pascal Charlot, the fifth person killed in the shootings, who testified during the sentencing phase of Malvo's trial. Malvo was convicted of two counts of capital murder Thursday and the jury must now decide whether he should receive life in prison or death.</p>
  • Jury convicts Malvo of capital murder

    12/19/2003 11:11:01 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 7 replies · 204+ views
    The Washtington TIMES ^ | December 19, 2003 | S.A. Miller
    <p>CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A jury of eight women and four men convicted Lee Boyd Malvo of capital murder yesterday for his role in last year's Washington-area sniper killings — bringing the teenage defendant one step closer to a death sentence.</p>
  • With Saddam's Capture, "Fear Has Ended" in Iraq

    12/16/2003 3:13:53 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 16 replies · 135+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | DEC. 15, 2003 | N/A
    Code: ZE03121507 Date: 2003-12-15 With Saddam's Capture, "Fear Has Ended" in Iraq Chaldean Bishops Voice Hopes for Country's Future BAGHDAD, Iraq, DEC. 15, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Iraqi population was surprised and relieved to learn about the capture of Saddam Hussein, say the country's two Chaldean Catholic bishops. "At last fear is removed -- all the weight we carried on our backs, all the dead and the killings," as well as the "suspicion that there still were spies, that Saddam would reappear," said Bishop Rabban Al-Qas of the Diocese of Amadiyah, according to AsiaNews.it. With the arrest of the former...
  • Baghdad Archbishop Says Coalition Forces Must Stay

    12/09/2003 5:37:46 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 9 replies · 182+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | DEC. 9, 2003 | N/A
    Code: ZE03120905 Date: 2003-12-09 Baghdad Archbishop Says Coalition Forces Must Stay Otherwise, Iraq Faces Chaos, He Warns BAGHDAD, Iraq, DEC. 9, 2003 (Zenit.org).- An eventual withdrawal from Iraq of Americans or allies "would be a great lack of responsibility," as "it would mean going from anarchy to chaos," warns Latin-rite Archbishop Jean Benjamin Sleiman of Baghdad. "To abandon Iraq to itself would imply to prepare a tragic future for us all," the archbishop said to Missionary Service News Agency on Friday. "It would be a terrible legacy for the West which would be added to the Middle East focus,...
  • Vocations Crisis Demands Solid Priestly Formation, Says Pope

    12/09/2003 5:27:51 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 5 replies · 79+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | DEC. 9, 2003 | N/A
    Code: ZE03120908 Date: 2003-12-09 Vocations Crisis Demands Solid Priestly Formation, Says Pope Sees a "Trial of Faith" for Pastors and the Flock VATICAN CITY, DEC. 9, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II says the vocations crisis must be answered by seminaries that form future priests solidly, including emotionally and morally. The Pope illustrated this concern in an address Friday to the second group of French bishops, from the ecclesiastical provinces of Rennes and Rouen, who are on their five-yearly visit to Rome. In his address, the Holy Father focused on the "serious crisis of vocations" that France is experiencing, as...
  • Chaldean Catholics demand role in post-Saddam rule of Iraq

    09/17/2003 3:21:09 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 10 replies · 100+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | Sep. 16 2003 | N/A
    Chaldean Catholics demand role in post-Saddam rule of IraqBaghdad, Sep. 16 (CWNews.com) The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Babylon, representing the Chaldean Catholics of Iraq, have issued a demand to Paul Bremer, the US civil administrator of Iraq, that they be included and represented in the country's new governmental institutions. The 19 bishops said Chaldeans are the third largest ethnic group in Iraq after Arabs and Kurds, and that their people have made significant contributions to the country, as one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, tracing their roots back to the time of the Apostles. And they said...
  • Homosexual Couples "Are Not Family," Says Vatican Official

    09/02/2003 1:40:04 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 33 replies · 205+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | AUG. 29, 2003 | N/!
    Homosexual Couples "Are Not Family," Says Vatican Official BUENOS AIRES, AUG. 29, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Homosexual couples cannot be considered as "family" in the proper sense of the term, says the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Commenting on the law of civil unions of homosexuals in force in Buenos Aires for the past few weeks, Archbishop Renato Martino said: "They can call it what they wish, but that is not family." "Children need a father and a mother, and that is the general rule," Archbishop Martino explained during a visit in Argentina, in statements to the Catholic...
  • Holy See Thanks Israel for Halting Nazareth Mosque

    07/14/2003 3:50:00 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 5 replies · 179+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | JULY 13, 2003 | N/A
    Code: ZE03071305 Date: 2003-07-13 Holy See Thanks Israel for Halting Nazareth Mosque JERUSALEM, JULY 13, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See thanked the Israeli government for putting a stop to the construction of a mosque next to the Basilica of the Annunciation, in Nazareth. The Jerusalem Post reported that Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano expressed the Holy See's gratitude last Thursday, when he met in Rome with Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Silvan Shalom. The Vatican's official statement on the meeting made no mention of the issue. The Holy See, various Christian communities, and even key Muslim and Arab...
  • Iraqi bishop cites fear of chaos

    07/08/2003 5:59:33 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 3 replies · 120+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | Jul. 07 | N/A
    Baghdad, Jul. 07 (CWNews.com) - An Iraqi bishop has called for the formation of a provisional government in his country, warning that Iraq is slipping into "chaos." Speaking on Vatican Radio on July 5, Bishop Shlemon Warduni, a Chaldean Catholic auxiliary in Baghdad, reported: "There is no security in Iraq." "The people of Iraq are living in great difficulty," Bishop Warduni said. In the absence of an effective government, he continued, "we are falling into chaos." The Chaldean bishop made it clear that he was not complaining about the American effort to restore Iraq. "The Americans are here to help...
  • Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Dies

    07/08/2003 5:31:22 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 5 replies · 109+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 2003-07-08 | N/A
    Code: ZE03070803 Date: 2003-07-08 Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Dies Raphael I Bidawid Was Most Representative Catholic Leader in Iraq ROME, JULY 8, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The most representative Catholic and Christian leader in Iraq, His Beatitude Raphael I Bidawid, patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, died in Beirut on Monday. He was 81. Sources of the Baghdad patriarchate said he had been in a Lebanese hospital for months due to an illness. Upon learning the news, John Paul II sent a telegram to the patriarchate to express his sympathy and to manifest his closeness to all the superiors and faithful...
  • China Reportedly Arrests 4 Priests and a Deacon

    07/07/2003 2:58:12 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 18 replies · 109+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | JULY 6, 2003 | N/A
    Code: ZE03070601 Date: 2003-07-06 China Reportedly Arrests 4 Priests and a Deacon BEIJING, JULY 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Five members of the underground Catholic clergy have been arrested while trying to visit a priest recently freed from a labor camp, a U.S.-based religious rights group said, according to Reuters. Fathers Kang Fuliang, Chen Guozhen, Pang Guangzhao and Joseph Yin and Deacon Wang Lijun, aged 25 to 32, were arrested in Baoding city in Hebei province on July 1, said the Connecticut-based Cardinal Kung Foundation. They were on their way to visit Father Lu Genjun, who had just been released after...
  • A Theology That Omits Conversion Betrays the Faith, Says John Paul II

    07/03/2003 6:46:51 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 3 replies · 98+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 2003-07-03 | N/A
    ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome Code: ZE03070305 Date: 2003-07-03 A Theology That Omits Conversion Betrays the Faith, Says John Paul II Appeals to Indian Bishops to Surmount Relativist Explanations of Religious Pluralism VATICAN CITY, JULY 3, 2003 (Zenit.org).- A theology that does not invite conversion to Christ -- or that considers all religions as equal -- empties Christianity of its meaning, warns John Paul II. "To bear witness to Jesus Christ is the supreme service which the Church offers to the peoples of Asia," the Pope said today to a group of bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces...
  • U.S. A-10 Warplane Shot Down Near Baghdad

    04/08/2003 10:32:55 AM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 16 replies · 198+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, April 08, 2003 | N/A
    <p>CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar  — A coalition A-10 "Warthog" warplane was shot down near Baghdad early Tuesday in what was believed to be the first downing of a coalition aircraft by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile.</p> <p>The pilot ejected safely and was recovered by coalition ground forces near the airport, U.S. Central Command said. The pilot was reported to be in good condition.</p>
  • Baghdad Archbishop Says People Didn't Expect Market Bombing

    03/27/2003 6:10:16 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 21 replies · 170+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | Date: 2003-03-26 | N/A
    Baghdad Archbishop Says People Didn't Expect Market Bombing BAGHDAD, Iraq, MARCH 26, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The missiles that hit a Baghdad market "caused widespread dismay among the population," says Latin-rite Archbishop Jean Benjamin Sleiman of Baghdad. The archbishop told the Misna missionary agency today that "until this moment the people believed that the United States had a practically perfect technique." Archbishop Sleiman said he was not personally on the scene of the bombing, which reportedly left at least 14 people dead. "However, everyone is talking about it," he said. "The people were caught off guard and now are frustrated and discouraged....
  • Caritas-Iraq Sends Relief Aid to Basra

    03/27/2003 6:02:23 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 6 replies · 208+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 2003-03-27 | N/A
    Code: ZE03032724 Date: 2003-03-27 Caritas-Iraq Sends Relief Aid to Basra Mounting Fears of Outbreak of Disease Reported ROME, MARCH 27, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Caritas-Iraq said it sent supplies of medicines and first-aid kits from its centers in Baghdad to Basra in response to an appeal for help from Archbishop Gibrael Kassab. Archbishop Kassab made the appeal Wednesday with mounting fears in Basra of an outbreak of disease because of the breakdown in the electricity supply. Electricity is vital to run Iraq's water purification plants as well as its water sewage treatment. Some 60% of the people of the city are now...
  • Statement on War with Iraq

    03/20/2003 10:38:18 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 39 replies · 667+ views
    USCCB ^ | March 19, 2003 | Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory
    Statement on War with Iraq Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory President United States Conference of Catholic Bishops March 19, 2003 Our nation is on the brink of war. We worked and prayed and hoped that war would be avoided. The task now is to work and pray and hope that war's deadly consequences will be limited, that civilian life will be protected, that weapons of mass destruction will be eliminated, and that the people of Iraq soon will enjoy a peace with freedom and justice. A time for prayer and solidarity. In time of war, our first obligation is...