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  • Bobby Jindal, Catholic, Draws the Same "Secret Muslim" Allegations That Haunted Obama

    02/24/2009 1:35:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 71 replies · 1,941+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | February 24, 2009 | February 24, 2009
    I'm surprised that a few comments on my post about Bobby Jindal as the new face of Christian conservatism allege that he's got ancestral Muslim roots, in addition to the acknowledged Hinduism of his Indian born parents. Remind you of any other recent rumor campaigns against promising young minority politicians? What's surprising is that some of the comments appear to be from pro-Sarah Palin conservatives. They're a likely preview of what a Jindal primary faceoff with Palin or another Christian conservative might look like, with both vying for conservative Christian support. I haven't read any credible profiles of Jindal claiming...
  • Nationwide Petition Launched To Withhold Communion From Pelosi, Biden and Others

    02/18/2009 10:27:57 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies · 749+ views
    Pewsitter ^ | Feburary 17, 2009 February 17, 2009 – As Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi prepares to meet with Pope Benedict tomorrow in Rome, stateside, a nationwide petition project has been launched requesting the Catholic Bishops of the United States to withhold Communion from her and other prominent Catholics in public life that obstinately persist in their dissent from Catholic teaching on serious moral issues. This nationwide Withholding Communion petition is being launched by, a Catholic News Portal. The goal of the petition drive is to gather a least 1 million petitions for presentation to the U.S. Bishops and the Vatican....
  • Catholic Caucus: Pope Benedict strongly rebukes Pelosi over abortion

    02/20/2009 10:59:11 AM PST · by topher · 27 replies · 971+ views
    Pope Benedict strongly rebukes Pelosi over abortion Vatican City, Feb 18, 2009 / 10:18 am (CNA).- House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s photo-op with Pope Benedict XVI turned sour when the Pontiff used the 15-minute meeting to reaffirm the teachings of the Catholic Church on the right to life and the duty to protect the unborn. No photo of Nancy Pelosi and the Pope will be forthcoming, since the meeting was closed to reporters and photographers. The two met in a small room in the Vatican just after the Pope's weekly public audience. Immediately after the meeting, the Holy See’s press office...
  • Catholics United targets Archbishop Naumann, defends Gov. Sebelius

    02/20/2009 2:01:39 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 528+ views
    CNA ^ | February 20, 2009
    Archbishop Naumann, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama Denver, Colo., Feb 20, 2009 / 06:39 am (CNA).- In a startling defense of legal abortion supporter Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Catholics United has attacked Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, accusing him being more interested in trying to score political points against the governor than in crafting effective abortion policy within the reality of politics.The salvo from Catholics United comes as advisors to President Obama have told the press that he has decided on Sebelius as his next secretary of Health and Human Services nominee.Kathleen Sebelius, who professes to be Catholic, has...
  • HHS Leader Sebelius Brings A Radical Abortion Record

    02/20/2009 8:55:58 AM PST · by lewisglad · 16 replies · 468+ views
    The Philadelphia Bulletin ^ | 2/20/09 | By John P. Connolly
    OPINIONSPORTSARTSBUSINESSSOCIETY 'Nearly Everybody Reads The Bulletin' Friday, February 20, 2009 HHS Leader Sebelius Brings A Radical Abortion Record Published: Friday, February 20, 2009 Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is being reported as the front-runner as President Barack Obama’s appointment for Health And Human Services Secretary. Although Ms. Sebelius was touted by The New York Times as a bipartisan politician, she comes with a strong pro-abortion record. Not only has Ms. Sebelius — governor in a battleground state on the abortion issue — repeatedly vetoed any measures that would limit or regulate abortion that came across her desk, she also has ties...
  • Pope To Pelosi: Catholics Cannot Back Abortion

    02/18/2009 9:19:20 AM PST · by Steelfish · 82 replies · 1,701+ views
    MSNBC ^ | February 18, 2009
    Pope to Pelosi: Catholics cannot back abortion U.S. House speaker — a pro-choice Catholic — met with pope in Italy VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict, underscoring the Vatican's ruling on an issue that divides Americans, told U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday that Catholic politicians and legislators cannot back abortion rights. Pelosi, a powerful U.S. politician who is Catholic and pro-choice, has been accused by U.S. bishops in the past of misrepresenting Church teachings on abortion. "His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural and moral law and the Church's consistent teaching on the...
  • Vatican confirms that Pelosi will have audience with the Pope [The Rest of the Story]

    02/17/2009 9:09:38 AM PST · by Antoninus · 42 replies · 1,004+ views
    The press office made clear that the Pope will meet with Pelosi in his capacity as a head of state since the Speaker of the House is the third in line to lead the U.S., should the president and vice president be unable to do so. The idea of providing Pelosi with a photo-op has disturbed a significant number of U.S. Catholics and pro-life activists... Over this past weekend pro-life activists and bloggers launched verbal salvos against the Vatican because they believe that the Holy See plans to present Nancy Pelosi with an award. This is definitely not true, the...
  • Pope-Pelosi Wednesday Meeting On

    02/16/2009 4:59:12 PM PST · by TaxachusettsMan · 67 replies · 2,127+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | February 16, 2009 | Rocco Palmo
    In news from another part of the Roman-American fray, it's been confirmed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will meet Pope Benedict following Wednesday's General Audience as part of her Italian tour: On Monday at noon in Rome, the Vatican’s Press Office confirmed to [Catholic News Agency] that Pope Benedict will be receiving U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in an audience at noon on Wednesday. Pelosi, a self-proclaimed "ardent Catholic" who has sparked significant criticism from fellow Catholics in the U.S. for her pro-abortion views, arrived in Italy on Sunday for an eight-day official visit.... Although numerous reports have...
  • Vatican confirms that Pelosi will have audience with the Pope

    02/17/2009 3:19:24 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 155 replies · 1,686+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 16 Feb 09 | None listed
    Vatican City, Feb 16, 2009 / 11:55 am (CNA).- On Monday at noon in Rome, the Vatican’s Press Office confirmed to CNA that Pope Benedict will be receiving U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in an audience at noon on Wednesday. Pelosi, a self-proclaimed "ardent Catholic" who has sparked significant criticism from fellow Catholics in the U.S. for her pro-abortion views, arrived in Italy on Sunday for an eight-day official visit. After landing at the USAF base in Aviano, she and the American delegation met with the mayor Florence, Leonardo Domenici at the "Palazzo Vecchio" (The Old Palace.) On...
  • What the Pope Should Know About Nancy Pelosi

    02/16/2009 4:13:02 AM PST · by veritas2002 · 45 replies · 1,045+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | 02/16/09 | Deal Hudson
    This week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will meet with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican. With the debilitating illness of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Pelosi has become the de facto leader of dissident Catholic members of Congress. It's only appropriate that Pelosi should take Kennedy's place. When she became Speaker in January 2006, she chose Rev. Robert Drinan, S.J., as the celebrant of the Mass held in her honor. The late Father Drinan, a longtime professor of law at Georgetown University, had been the architect of the arguments now used as cover by Catholic politicians who wish...
  • Pro-Abortion Nancy Pelosi to Meet Pope - HLI Says "Excommunicate the Speaker"

    02/13/2009 4:19:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 43 replies · 1,500+ views
    lifesitenews ^ | 02.13.09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    Reports have surfaced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a self-avowed "Catholic" adamant abortion supporter, intends to head a delegation to Euope that will meet with Pope Benedict XVI. Today the Drudge Report headlined a report by Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) on Houston's KSEV radio that Pelosi hopes to pass the federal economic stimulus bill in time for her join the group, which reportedly leaves Friday evening. According to Il Tempo, Pelosi will arrive in Rome Sunday afternoon, her first visit to the city since becoming Speaker of the House.  It has not been determined when Ms. Pelosi plans to meet...
  • Governor Sebellius. Another Dissident Catholic for Health and Human Services?

    02/11/2009 4:52:49 PM PST · by tcg · 8 replies · 776+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/12/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Now, the story surrounding this important appointment may be taking an even more troubling turn. If the rumors prove to be true, the replacement for Tom Daschle may be the Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius. Catholics and all who recognize that the inalienable right to life attaches to all human persons from the moment of conception have serious reason to be alarmed if they are true. Governor Kathleen Sebellius is an outspoken Catholic dissident who views the taking of the lives of children in the first home of the whole human race as a “health service” and a “choice”. If...
  • This Says It All! (pro-abortion Catholic politians)

    02/09/2009 9:40:27 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 814+ views
    CMR ^ | February 9, 2009 | matthew archbold
    Father John McCartney of Saint Matthew's on Long Island sums up the sad state Catholic politicians pretty well:Two days after the inauguration of President Obama, I traveled down to Washington with fifty-one parishioners for the annual March for Life on the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade. It was a wonderful trip, and the march was the largest seen in years. It was also a decidedly young march, with vast numbers of high-school and college-aged young people participating. Of course, hundreds of thousands of peaceful pro-life protesters marching in the nation’s capital did...
  • “Children as the enemy”

    01/27/2009 3:04:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies · 1,001+ views
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco Democrat who describes herself as “an ardent practicing Catholic,” said on a nationally televised news program on Sunday that federal spending on artificial contraception helps states financially by lowering the amount spent on education and health care for children. Pelosi, appearing on the ABC program This Week, was asked by moderator George Stephanopolous about the inclusion of huge federal outlays for contraception in President Barack Obama’s proposed $825-billion ‘economic stimulus package.’ “Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?” asked Stephanopoulos. Replied the Speaker, “Well, the family...
  • Pelosi Accused of Saying Children Hurt Economy in Defending Abortion Bailout

    01/26/2009 9:49:09 AM PST · by wagglebee · 68 replies · 1,627+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/26/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is coming under heavy criticism today from those who say she implied children hurt the economy. Pelosi made the comments in an interview with ABC News over the weekend defending a decision to include a bailout for the abortion industry in the economic stimulus bill.As is reporting today, the Democrats' stimulus plan now includes a measure to send more public funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business to find contraception and birth control.In an interview with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week," Pelosi defended the move and helping...
  • San Francisco Set to Tax Catholic Church Millions in Suspected Prop 8 Retaliation

    01/18/2009 9:00:03 PM PST · by TaraP · 71 replies · 3,548+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Jan 16th, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SAN FRANCISCO, January 16, 2009 ( - A San Francisco assessor has called for the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco to hand over $15 million in taxes because of an internal restructuring of the archdiocese, a move that some are describing as "retaliation" for the Church's opposition to Proposition 8. Assessor Phil Ting concluded that the Catholic Church owed the city taxes after the archdiocese was restructured and its property, which is almost all used by parish facilities, was consolidated seven months ago. "Because we knew the accusations (of unfair treatment) could be out there, we worked to look at...
  • Applause for Biden interrupts Catholic church service

    01/18/2009 2:24:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies · 2,216+ views
    Vice President-elect Joe Biden worshipped and received communion Sunday at the same Roman Catholic church President John F. Kennedy attended just hours before his inauguration. Biden and his wife, Jill, sat in a pew reserved for him and his family toward the back of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and listened as the Rev. Larry Madden, S.J., delivered a sermon about God as a constant anchor and the promise of hope and change for those who believe. Although Madden did not mention Biden's name, the presence of the vice president-elect was obvious in other ways. Secret Service agents were discreetly stationed...
  • The Kennedys and abortion: where a Catholic dynasty went wrong

    01/02/2009 12:51:29 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 850+ views
    Deacon's Bency ^ | January 2, 2009 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    With another Kennedy poised to enter politics (and declaring support for abortion part of her platform), a writer in the the Wall Street Journal takes an interesting historical look at how the most celebrated Catholic family in America became a leading defender of abortion: Caroline Kennedy knows that any Kennedy desiring higher office in the Democratic Party must now carry the torch of abortion rights throughout any race. But this was not always the case. Despite Ms. Kennedy's description of Barack Obama, in a New York Times op-ed, as a "man like my father," there is no evidence that JFK...
  • How Support for Abortion Became Kennedy Dogma

    01/03/2009 10:35:33 AM PST · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 1,062+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/1/09 | Anne Hendershott
    For faithful Roman Catholics, the thought of yet another pro-choice Kennedy positioned to campaign for the unlimited right to abortion is discouraging. Yet if Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of Catholics John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton, abortion-rights advocates will have just such a champion... Caroline Kennedy knows that any Kennedy desiring higher office in the Democratic Party must now carry the torch of abortion rights throughout any race. But this was not always the case... Even Ted Kennedy, who gets a 100% pro-choice rating from the...
  • Attorney-General (Australia) Rob Hulls refused communion over abortion bill

    12/30/2008 6:18:55 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 739+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | December 31, 2008 | Gerard McManus
    ATTORNEY-General Rob Hulls was refused communion in a Catholic church over the State Government's Bill to legalise abortion. A minister assisting the priest refused to serve communion to Mr Hulls, placing his hand over the communion cup during a children's mass, the Herald Sun has been told. The incident happened at St Monica's Church in Moonee Ponds on Christmas Eve. Churchgoers said Mr Hulls walked up to the altar with his children in his arms, but was refused communion. An embarrassing stand-off lasted more than a minute until Mr Hulls moved to a second queue, where parish priest Fr Peter...
  • Mr. Cao (R) goes to Washington as first Vietnamese-American in Congress

    12/17/2008 9:26:20 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 1,200+ views
    CNS ^ | December 17, 2008 | Peter Finney Jr.
    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- If his recent whirlwind tour of Capitol Hill was any indication, Anh "Joseph" Cao knows he will be in for the ride of his life over the next two years. Little known in early December except to those in his close-knit Vietnamese community in New Orleans, the Republican attorney who once studied to become a Jesuit priest rocked the national political landscape Dec. 6. He upset nine-term U.S. Rep. William Jefferson in the state's heavily Democratic and African-American 2nd Congressional District to become the first Vietnamese-American member of Congress. Cao's victory certainly was aided by the...
  • (Joseph Cao): The Jesuits Produce A Great Political Candidate

    12/07/2008 3:07:41 PM PST · by Publius804 · 25 replies · 1,574+ views ^ | 11/19/08 | Deal W. Hudson
    The Jesuits Produce A Great Political Candidate by Deal W. Hudson 11/19/08 Joseph Cao is a Catholic lawyer and former Jesuit scholastic from New Orleans. He is running as a Republican for the Congressional 2nd district seat in Louisiana presently held by Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), who is best known for the $90,000 found in his freezer. The election will be held December 6. Few candidates for public office are as forthright as Cao when asked about their position on abortion. “I am very anti-abortion,” he told me without hesitation. Cao would like to overturn Roe, but in the meantime,...
  • Catholics Who Vote for Freedom of Choice Act Could Face Automatic Excommunication ( 'bout time! )

    11/19/2008 9:11:02 AM PST · by kellynla · 213 replies · 3,358+ views ^ | November 19, 2008 | Matt Hadro
    Catholic members of Congress who vote for the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) could face “automatic excommunication” if the act is determined to be “formal cooperation” in the evil of abortion.
  • A Pro-Life Nightmare: Daschle Appointed as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services

    11/19/2008 2:40:37 PM PST · by tcg · 24 replies · 1,096+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/20/08 | Randy Sly
    It wasn’t that many years ago that Tom Daschle was the pro-life movement’s worst congressional nightmare. Over the years, as a Senator and Senate Minority Leader, he constantly supported pro-choice legislation and initiatives. In 1997, for example, Daschle proposed what he called a "compromise" regarding partial-birth abortion, banning the procedure while allowing exemptions for any woman who claimed mental or physical health reasons for having such a late-term procedure. Most saw this tactic as a smokescreen to guarantee the option to abort children by this grisly procedure akin to infanticide. Describing himself as a Catholic, in 2003 the 61 year-old...
  • Kathleen Sebelius waiting to pounce? [Lead Dept. of Health and Human Services]?

    11/09/2008 9:31:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies · 373+ views ^ | November 7, 2008 | Thomas Peters
    Kathleen Sebelius waiting to pounce? Rocco reports that extreme pro-abortion advocate (and Catholic) Kathleen Sebelius, governor of Kansas (previous AmP mentions here) ... is being considered to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees such things as abortion, and who would be tasked with shepherding FOCA through Congress. Even if she is not picked to lead that department, it is highly likely she will be offered some prominent position in Obama's cabinet. She was, after all, one of his early, vocal supporters, and has tirelessly supported him since. A local columnist isn't happy about this development, saying...
  • Here Comes "Armageddon"

    11/07/2008 10:08:29 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 1,323+ views
    WITL ^ | November 6, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    Sure, their post-mortem nice-nice might be reflecting a collective silence -- or, given pre-electoral events, a convenient epidemic of amnesia -- over the ascent of the first Catholic VP... but thirty-six hours in, the bench's "nightmare" lurches onward. In its latest development, another altar-railed Democrat has emerged in contention for a key Cabinet slot: Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius... who's already doing the DC side-step.And that's just the half of it. Setting the stage for the US hierarchy's first "Armageddon" with the Obama administration, transition sources have floated two pro-choice Catholics -- Sebelius and former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle...
  • Biden claim: "I'm a John XXIII guy, I'm not a Pope John Paul guy."

    10/21/2008 8:24:15 AM PDT · by Antioch · 32 replies · 925+ views
    American Papist ^ | October 20, 2008 | Thomas Peters
    don't understand how someone can seriously say this about themselves: "I was raised as a Catholic, I'm a practicing Catholic, and I'm totally at home with the Catholicism that I was raised in and this whole culture of social responsibility, reaction to abuse of power, the whole notion that there is collective civic responsibility. It's the Catholic consciousness that I'm totally comfortable with." ... only to spew this nonsense: "It is not choice. It's always a very, very, very difficult, difficult decision. I know that, my church has wrestled with this for 2,000 years. We've always believed from the outset...
  • Biden Defies Pope and Bishops:Now He is Pro-Gay Marriage

    10/21/2008 8:21:23 AM PDT · by adc · 61 replies · 1,205+ views
    Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights ^ | October 21, 2008 | Susan A. Fan, i Director of Communications
    On today’s episode of “Ellen,” Joe Biden told Ellen DeGeneres “that if I lived in California, I would vote against Proposition 8.” This initiative reads, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Yet in his debate with Sarah Palin on October 2, Biden said that “Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue weighed in on this today: “Proposition 8 is a civil initiative that would secure marriage as an institution that is exclusively between a man and a woman, and Joe Biden...
  • BIDEN DEFIES POPE & BISHOPS: IS PRO-GAY MARRIAGE (I would vote against Proposition 8)

    10/20/2008 4:00:38 PM PDT · by Fred · 31 replies · 8,016+ views
    On today’s episode of “Ellen,” Joe Biden told Ellen DeGeneres “that if I lived in California, I would vote against Proposition 8.” This initiative reads, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Yet in his debate with Sarah Palin on October 2, Biden said that “Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue weighed in on this today: “Proposition 8 is a civil initiative that would secure marriage as an institution that is exclusively between a man and a woman, and Joe Biden...
  • Mashek of US News: Bishop Violates First Amendment by Denying Biden Communion

    09/24/2008 4:27:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 86 replies · 971+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. -- First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America Because John Mashek is apparently so utterly unfamiliar with it, I'm setting out the text of the First Amendment for his ease of reference. According to his column in U.S. News, the Roman Catholic bishop of Scranton, PA violates the First Amendment by...
  • The excommunication imperative

    09/23/2008 7:47:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 367+ views
    World Mag ^ | September 19, 2008 | Tony Woodlief
    Like many, I have been waiting for the Catholic Church to fully enforce repeated threats to excommunicate Catholic politicians who do not desist from aiding abortion. Pope Benedict XVI has most recently denounced such behavior, but as in the past the matter of restricting offenders from Communion has been left to individual priests. Prompted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent prevarication on the topic (she suggested that abortion is an undecided issue in the Church, and called herself an “ardent, practicing Catholic”), Fr. John De Celles, a Washington, D.C.–area priest, offered this comparison: “Imagine if someone came in here and...
  • Open Letter from Head of the Knights of Columbus to Senator Joseph Biden ( Biden, you are wrong! )

    09/19/2008 7:30:34 AM PDT · by kellynla · 53 replies · 324+ views
    Market Watch ^ | Sept. 19, 2008 | staff
    WASHINGTON, Sept 19, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The following open letter from the head of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, to Senator Joseph Biden was published in major newspapers on Friday, September 19, 2008, including USA Today, the Washington Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR JOSEPH BIDEN Dear Senator Biden: I write to you today as a fellow Catholic layman, on a subject that has become a major topic of concern in this year's presidential campaign. The bishops who have taken public issue with your remarks on the Church's historical position on abortion are far...
  • Pelosi 'fundamentally wrong' on Catholic teaching

    09/13/2008 9:27:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies · 228+ views
    One News Now ^ | 9/12/2008 | Pete Chagnon
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has agreed to meet with San Francisco's archbishop to clarify remarks she made during an interview with Tom Brokaw. In a recent interview on Meet the Press, Representative Pelosi (D-California) told Brokaw that the issue of when life begins remains controversial within the Catholic Church. Her comments angered many Catholic leaders who are now questioning whether Pelosi should be able to continue receiving communion. Steve Dillard is a member of the Catholics for McCain steering committee. Pelosi, he says, is "fundamentally wrong." "There is no controversy [about abortion] within the [Catholic] Church. The church's...
  • Does Biden Have a Catholic Problem?

    09/13/2008 9:19:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies · 311+ views
    Time ^ | 9/12/2008 | Amy Sullivan
    When Barack Obama announced that he had chosen Joe Biden as his running mate, Catholic Democrats knew some kind of religious rumble was inevitable. (snip) Sure enough, the day after Biden's selection the archbishop of Denver declared that the Catholic senator should "refrain from presenting himself for communion." Archbishop Charles Chaput was one of the handful of Catholic leaders who had targeted Kerry in 2004, but he had become a marginalized in the bishops conference — losing key leadership elections — in part because of his extreme views about denying communion to politicians. His warning to Biden stood alone. Even...
  • 26 US Bishops Have Rebuked Pelosi…So Far

    09/11/2008 7:37:44 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 19 replies · 271+ views ^ | September 10, 2008 | Tim Waggoner
    26 US Bishops Have Rebuked Pelosi…So Far By Tim Waggoner WASHINGTON, September 10, 2008 ( - The barrage of criticism from US bishops aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been deafening. Yesterday the popular American Papist blog compiled all of the statements, either written or verbal, made by bishops to date, revealing that an unprecedented total of 26 bishops have individually rebuked the Speaker of the House for her claims about Catholic teaching and abortion in addition to a general statement by the Conference of Bishops. On the August 24 episode of Meet the Press, self-proclaimed "ardent and practicing...
  • Catholic by Association (DCCC Tars Candidate Who Belongs to Catholic Group)

    09/11/2008 11:41:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 488+ views
    National Review ^ | September 11, 2008 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Keith Fimian, the Republican candidate to replace fellow Republican Rep. Tom Davis in Virginia’s 11th congressional district, is facing attacks from the Democratic party for — deep breath now — belonging to a group that has a website that links to another group the head of which has said that wives and husbands should submit to each other. Whew. Fimian is a member of Legatus, an organization of Catholic businessmen. Like a lot of organizations, Legatus maintains a website that links to other sites that its members might find interesting. The American Life League, which opposes abortion with no exception...
  • Joe Biden Slams Sarah Palin on Down Syndrome Son, Stem Cell Research

    09/09/2008 4:16:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 54 replies · 524+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/9/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Joe Biden, Barack Obama's pro-abortion running mate, is coming under fire for comments he made today attacking vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. After attacking her on abortion, Biden then slammed Palin on the birth of her son, who has Down syndrome. During her acceptance speech last week, Palin promised the parents of disabled children that she would be their advocate in the White House. Biden questioned that commitment by attacking Palin's stance on the issue of embryonic stem cell research, which has never helped a single patient. "I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are...
  • Bishops criticize Biden’s abortion remarks for flawed reasoning

    09/09/2008 12:07:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 272+ views
    CNA ^ | September 8, 2008
    Archbishop Charles Chaput / Bishop Robert Morlino Washington DC, Sep 8, 2008 / 04:33 pm (CNA).- Bishop of Madison Robert C. Morlino and Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput have responded to Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Biden’s characterization that the point when life begins is a religious belief, criticizing him for “flawed moral reasoning,” confusing the Catholic faithful and confusing the differences between faith and natural law.In a Sunday interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Sen. Biden had said that he is “prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment of conception”...
  • WisPolitics: Biden plays up blue-collar, Catholic roots in Green Bay

    09/09/2008 2:46:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies · 189+ views ^ | 9/8/2008 | Greg Bump
    GREEN BAY -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday stressed his middle class upbringing, his ties to the Roman Catholic Church and his appreciation of the Green Bay Packers in this blue-collar, heavily Catholic region of the state. Biden talked about the difficulties the Fox Valley region is facing, referencing the closing of the NewPage paper mill in Kimberly. "You lose a job, you not only lose your ability to care for your family, you lose a sense of human dignity, you lose a sense of your own self worth," Biden said. "This used to be a country...
  • First Pete and then Re-Pete: Biden follows Pelosi down the slope on Meet The Press

    09/07/2008 7:11:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 255+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/7/2008 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) was on Meet The Press today with Tom Brokaw. Two weeks ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was on MTP and committed scandal on a grand scale by her obfuscation of what the Church’s teaching is about the beginning of human life.  Also, she said that it shouldn’t make a difference when life started, insofar as abortion is concerned.  She and her spokesman later referred to ancient debates and quoted Augustine, etc. etc., despite the Church’s clear and well-known teaching about the sanctity of human life and abortion. Now Catholic pro-abortion...
  • Cardinals, Bishops and Congressmen Slam Pelosi on Abortion

    09/07/2008 6:27:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies · 175+ views ^ | Tuesday August 26, 2008 | Tim Waggoner
    Tuesday August 26, 2008       Cardinals, Bishops and Congressmen Slam Pelosi on Abortion By Tim Waggoner WASHINGTON, August 26, 2008 ( – "Catholic" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's blatantly fallacious remarks on August 24 regarding the Catholic Church's teaching on abortion have triggered a tidal wave of criticisms from clergymen, congressmen and Catholics nationwide. Responding to a question from NBC's Meet the Press moderator Tom Brokaw about when human life begins, Pelsosi appealed to her extensive research on the issue as well as her "ardent" Catholic faith to claim that, "I don't think anybody can tell you when life begins."...
  • Pro-abortion Politicians Are Not Above Church Law (Pelosi and Biden)

    09/06/2008 7:45:29 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 11 replies · 138+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | Sep 6, 2008 | Michael J. Gaynor
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver: "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them. . . . Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it. Catholics who make excuses for it – whether they're famous or not – fool only themselves and abuse the fidelity of those Catholics who do sincerely seek to follow the Gospel and live their Catholic faith." Speaker Pelosi...
  • Pelosi, Archbishop To Meet Over Abortion Dispute

    09/06/2008 4:36:37 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 71 replies · 267+ views
    Fox Reno ^ | 9-6-08
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under fire from U.S. bishops for comments she made about abortion, accepted on Friday an invitation from the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco for a private talk. Pelosi said in a letter to Archbishop George Niederauer that she'd "welcome the opportunity for our personal conversation and to go beyond our earlier most cordial exchange about immigration and needs of the poor to Church teaching on other significant matters." The proposed meeting stems from comments Pelosi made Aug. 24 on NBC's "Meet the Press."
  • Pelosi: "Many Catholics do not ascribe to that view”

    08/31/2008 7:04:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 194 replies · 1,325+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | August 28, 2008 | Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco,
    Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, issued the following statement yesterday from Denver, where the Democratic National Convention is under way.) “Her views on when life begins were informed by the views of Saint Augustine, who said: ‘... the law does not provide that [abortion] pertains to homicide, for there cannot yet be said to be a live soul in a body that lacks sensation.’” “While Catholic teaching is clear that life begins at conception, many Catholics do not ascribe to that view. The Speaker agrees with the church that we should reduce the number...
  • Joe Biden

    08/30/2008 9:50:55 AM PDT · by cldavissr · 4 replies · 193+ views
    web ^ | 08-30-08 | Carl L. Davis Sr.
    Joe Biden on Abortion More of the Same … … …Lies … … … Deception … … … Or Ignorance I've thought a lot about it, and my position probably doesn't please anyone. I think the government should stay out completely. I will not vote to overturn the Court's decision. I will not vote to curtail a woman's right to choose abortion. Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden, p.104-105 Jul 31, 2007 ------------------------------- Can you spot the deception??? Can you see the lies??? Accepts Catholic church view that life begins at conception Q: You have changed your position on abortion....
  • Don’t Blame the Bishops - Catholic means pro-life

    08/30/2008 9:16:32 AM PDT · by flyfree · 14 replies · 200+ views
    NRO ^ | Father Thomas D. Williams
    You are unlikely to ever come upon a group called Mohammedans for Polytheism or Environmentalists for Seal Slaughter. A Muslim who espouses a multiplicity of deities has, ipso facto, placed himself outside the Muslim confession. Polytheism is not an Islamic thing. An environmentalist who patronizes anti-ecological activities is not an environmentalist at all, but a subversive. This is because the monikers “Muslim” and “environmentalist” mean something; they carry with them a series of necessary consequences. Certain terms — like “Muslim” and “polytheism” — simply can’t be squared, and combining them is nonsensical. The recent ecclesiastical backlash to Nancy Pelosi’s unfortunate...
  • Bishops: Democratic VP Nominee Should Refrain from Communion

    08/28/2008 6:15:56 PM PDT · by gitmo · 5 replies · 135+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | August 26, 2008
    On Monday morning in Denver, where the Democratic National Convention is underway, Archbishop Charles Chaput told the Associated Press that because of support for abortion, Biden should refrain from taking Communion. The selection of Sen. Joseph Biden as Barack Obama’s running mate is drawing a chorus of disapproval from Catholic intellectual and pro-life leaders because of Biden’s longstanding support for abortion. Most recently, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver has said that Biden should refrain from Communion.
  • Biden On his pro-abortion stance: "My Views are Totally Consistent with Catholic Social Doctrine..."

    08/28/2008 5:18:27 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 167+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/28/08 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2008 ( - New Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden was blasted on Wednesday, in the wake of Nancy Pelosi's much derided remarks to the same effect, for claiming that his radically pro-abortion stance is "totally consistent" with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Biden made the remarks in an interview with the Christian Science Monitor (CSM) in August of last year, which has received renewed attention in the aftermath of the controversy surrounding Pelosi's remarks. While discussing his desire to attract Catholics to the Democratic Party, Sen. Biden said, "My views are totally consistent with...
  • Pelosi gets unwanted lesson in Catholic theology (rebuke from another bishop)

    08/28/2008 6:15:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 73 replies · 173+ views
    Google ^ | August 28, 2008 | RACHEL ZOLL
    Politics can be treacherous. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked on even riskier ground in a recent TV interview when she attempted a theological defense of her support for abortion rights.Roman Catholic bishops consider her arguments on St. Augustine and free will so far out of line with church teaching that they have issued a steady stream of statements to correct her.The latest came Wednesday from Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik, who said Pelosi, D-Calif., "stepped out of her political role and completely misrepresented the teaching of the Catholic Church in regard to abortion."It has been a harsh week of rebuke...

    08/28/2008 12:48:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies · 121+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | August 28, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Amid the cascade of words pouring out of Denver this week, none may have more long-term punch than the bubbly Mile High musings of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday's "Meet the Press." Tom Brokaw had asked about Barack Obama saying that deciding when life begins was "above my pay grade." Pelosi showcased the Peter Principle in action. It says that people rise to the level of their incompetence. Her answer showed that the principle has nothing to do with Saint Peter. "I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for...