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  • Catholic Church takes on Kennedy (at last) over abortion, bars him from Communion

    11/22/2009 8:30:15 AM PST · by noozguy1 · 16 replies · 845+ views ^ | 11/22/2009 | Kelly Fincham
    Congressman Patrick Kennedy has been barred from receiving Communion by his Bishop in Rhode Island. Bishop Thomas Tobin has barred Patrick, the son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, because of his position on abortion rights.
  • Unwritten story: New VA & NJ governors are strong Catholics

    11/13/2009 10:50:33 AM PST · by ikeonic · 15 replies · 713+ views
    American Papist ^ | 11/13/09 | Thomas Peters
    ...two Catholic candidates won elections this year to state-wide office without compromising their pro-life, pro-family principles. The world didn't end, and once they are in office, they won't conduct witch hunts against those who disagree with them on these issues - but they will use their office to promote these central values, which transcend any one religion or political party. Catholics aren't pro-life and pro-family, after all, only because the Church tells them to be so, but rather, they are encouraged to hold true to these commonsense principles because of the witness and encouragement of their Catholic faith. You read...
  • Cao’s Catholic conscience

    11/11/2009 6:51:28 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 42 replies · 748+ views
    GetReligion ^ | November 9, 2009 | Mollie
    When the House narrowly passed its health care reform bill on Saturday night, it received 219 votes from Democrats and one from a Republican. I mentioned already that I was at the hospital with my daughter when it passed so I was passing time following reporters and pundits on Twitter. Many of them expressed shock — or at least surprise — that any Republican would support the bill. And when it was revealed that the lone vote came from Louisiana Rep. Joseph Cao, people referred to him mostly in that “oh yeah, he’s the guy who beat the corrupt William...
  • Bishop Tobin to Congressman Patrick Kennedy: ‘What does it mean to be a Catholic?’

    11/11/2009 4:14:50 AM PST · by tcg · 9 replies · 887+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/11/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Among those Catholics in public life who openly defy the clear teaching of the Catholic Church concerning the inviolable dignity of every human life from conception to natural death is Representative Patrick Kennedy. The son of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he represents Rhode Island’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. We bring to our readers the full text of a letter which Congressman Kennedy received from his Bishop, Thomas J. Tobin. This letter was in response to Kennedy's public defiance against the truth revealed in the Natural Law, confirmed by science, affirmed in Scripture...
  • A Call to Catholics [Excommunicate Kathleen Townsend Kennedy!]

    11/06/2009 8:12:29 PM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies · 990+ views
    Newsweek ^ | November 06th, 2009
    A Call to Catholics Don't let abortion politics stand in the way of affordable coverage for all. By Kathleen Kennedy Townsend | Newsweek Nov 6, 2009 Nearly 50 years ago, President Kennedy delivered his famous "Catholic" speech in which he stated, "Whatever issue may come before me as president—on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling, or any other subject—I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressure or dictates. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to...
  • The Lesson of Bob McDonnell

    11/06/2009 11:34:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 685+ views
    HeadlineBistro.Com ^ | Nov 5 2009 | Charlie Spiering
    The Lesson of Bob McDonnellby Charlie SpieringA week before the election, Virginia candidate for governor Bob McDonnell was asked in a radio interview if he would veto state funding for Planned Parenthood.“We shouldn't be doing that (funding Planned Parenthood) in Virginia,” answered O’Donnell. “That's common sense I think, and that will be part of what we get done.”Pro-choice activists were furious and quick to condemn his remarks. To them it was one more reason why McDonnell was “out of step and out of touch with voters.” But McDonnell, with his common sense approach to politics, proved that you can still...
  • Pro-abortion Emily's List Endorses Catholic Politicians [eight Catholics endorsed for 2010]

    11/06/2009 8:55:39 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies · 373+ views ^ | Lisa Correnti
    Emily's List spends millions of dollars supporting the campaigns of pro-abortion rights women. They advocate for complete and unrestricted access to abortion. EMILY's List boasts that they are the largest political action committee (PAC) with more than 100,000 members. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has raised over $240 million and claims to have helped elect 80 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, and nine women Governors to state houses. Pro-abortion women candidates benefit greatly when landing an endorsement from Emily's List. For the 2007-2008 election cycle, Emily's List raised $43 million to...
  • McDonnell Pledges Veto Of Planned Parenthood Funding On Laura Ingraham’s Show

    10/30/2009 6:53:08 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies · 471+ views
    On Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell appeared on the Laura Ingraham Radio Show and, to the delight of many pro-lifers, took a definitive stand on banning taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. For many, such as Virginians For Life, such a public stand from McDonnell was essential and urged him for some time to make a public pledge. Remember
  • McDonnell, the Christian conservative

    10/21/2009 7:38:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 1,126+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/21/2009 | Ben Smith
    Virginia Democrats are highlighting this video of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell from a rally-the-base speech earlier today at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg. McDonnell's promise to be a champion for traditional marriage and anti-abortion stalwart comes on the morning following the final debate of the governor's race Tuesday night -- a debate where the Republican said that, if elected, his focus would be on issues such as jobs, transportation and energy. Pressed about his opposition to abortion at the debate, McDonnell was far less expansive than in front of the evangelical students at Liberty. And, it should be...
  • Cardinal DiNardo pleas for unborn at 'Red Mass' attended by Supreme Court justices

    10/05/2009 9:42:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1,362+ views
    cna ^ | October 5, 2009
    Archbishop Donald Wuerl talks with Chief Justice John Roberts after the Red Mass Washington D.C., Oct 5, 2009 / 10:40 am (CNA).- One day before the opening of the Supreme Court's next term, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, issued a plea for the rights of the unborn at the 56th Annual "Red Mass," celebrated yesterday at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C. The Mass was attended by six Supreme Court justices.The Mass is an initiative of the John Carroll Society, a group of Catholic legal professionals, and has been held at the cathedral since...
  • The Red Report ( Red Mass in DC's St Matthew's Cathedral)

    10/04/2009 1:51:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 1,123+ views
    witl ^ | October 4, 2009 | Rocco Palmo
    Fronting the pews at this morning's Red Mass in DC's St Matthew's Cathedral: the nation's First Catholic -- Vice-President Joe Biden -- joined by six Supreme Court Justices, including the bench's Chief John Roberts and newest member Sonia Sotomayor, both likewise of the fold. While the fulltext has yet to emerge, the wire's running a snip from the day's visiting preacher: The specialized, formal knowledge of the law "frequently becomes semi-mechanical, even distancing," [Cardinal Daniel] DiNardo [of Galveston-Houston] told the congregation. "The law and lawyers are around because justice among human beings will always be an issue." "Even sophisticated,...
  • Vatican Official: Church Erred in Holding Kennedy Funeral

    09/24/2009 2:24:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies · 2,958+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | September 24, 2009 | David Gibson
    <p>The tug-of-war over Ted Kennedy's soul seems to be eternal.</p> <p>"It is not possible to be a practicing Catholic and to conduct oneself in this manner," said Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, whom the pope transferred to Rome in 2008 after Burke's often-stormy tenure as archbishop of St. Louis.</p>
  • Another Pro-Abortion Catholic Massachusetts Senator?

    09/25/2009 1:26:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 612+ views
    ncr ^ | September 25, 2009 | TOM MCFEELY
    According to this post at USA Today’s Faith & Reason blog, that could be the depressing reality following the interim appointment of Paul Kirk to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, until a special election is held next January. Kirk was appointed yesterday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and was sworn into the Senate today by Vice President Joe Biden.  But as USA Today notes, while Kirk is Catholic (in fact, he’s the grandnephew of Cardinal William O’Connell, who served as Archbishop of Boston from 1907-1944), Kirk also has a...
  • Sebelius on her bishop: "It was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced in my life"

    09/16/2009 4:17:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies · 2,092+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | September 16, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    The Washington Post the other day posted a lengthy interview with Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Catholic. A pertinent excerpt: MS. ROMANO: You are also a pro-choice Catholic, and I was reading some stories out of your home state recently where one of the bishops took an action. Can you tell us a little bit about that? SECRETARY SEBELIUS: Well, the Archbishop in the Kansas City area did not approve of my conduct as a public official and asked that I not present myself for communion. MS. ROMANO: What did you think about that? SECRETARY SEBELIUS:...
  • "The Damage Done is Profound": Former Senator Santorum Speaks on the Kennedy Funeral

    09/16/2009 3:54:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies · 2,291+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/16/09 | John-Henry Westen
    ORALANDO, September 15, 2009 ( - In addition to his announcement that he is considering a run for President in 2012, former US Senator Rick Santorum gave his assessment of the controversy around the Ted Kennedy funeral during his speech to the Catholic Leadership Conference last week. Santorum's talk focused on rejuvenating the Catholic Church in the United States.During his speech Santorum lamented "what the Church allowed to happen" with the Kennedy funeral, referring to it as a "deification" of Kennedy.  "The damage done" to the Church, he said, "is profound.""We have Catholic politicians who have led this country astray, have led...
  • Santorum Admits to Pondering Run for Republican Presidential Nomination - Asks for Prayers

    09/13/2009 2:33:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 174 replies · 2,259+ views
    Life Site News ^ | September 12, 2009 | John-Henry Westen
    ORLANDO, FL, September 12, 2009 ( - Speaking to a room full of prominent US Catholic leaders Friday night, Senator Rick Santorum was challenged to run for the Republican Presidential nominaion.  Responding to a room already thick with applause, Santorum revealed that he was indeed "thinking about it" but asked for prayers and detailed his thinking on the matter.His remarks came after his address to the closing dinner of the 12th annual Catholic Leadership Conference - an invite-only gathering of Catholic leaders from academia, law, media, medicine, and politics, as well as leaders of movements within the Church such as...
  • Have Church oust 'pro-choice' pols

    09/08/2009 1:56:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 15 replies · 745+ views
    Gloucester Times ^ | Sunday September 06, 2009 | John J. Bochanski
    I was very disappointed with biased news coverage of the recent funeral of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. If I didn't know better, I would think that he was being considered for sainthood. Is this the same man who was responsible for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick? Is this the same devout Catholic who divorced his first wife, Joan, after 25 years of marriage? Wasn't he involved in the drunken escapades of the younger members of the Kennedy clan in Florida? During the funeral Mass, I was appalled to see that President Barack Obama was allowed...
  • Barone: Is the Post's campaign to 'Macaca' McDonnell sputtering? (2009 Virginia Gov)

    09/07/2009 5:07:27 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 24 replies · 1,291+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/07/09 | Michael Barone
    In my previous blogposts on the Washington Post news pages’ campaign to “Macaca” Virginia Republican governor nominee Bob McDonnell by running story after story on McDonnell’s 1989 Regent University thesis—Republican Governors Association operative Nick Ayers has noted 34 such pieces, including articles, blogposts, cartoons, editorials and on-line chats—I have purposely refrained from citing opinion articles, since after all opinion writers can legitimately try to influence readers and readers are on notice that this is so. But I’ll make an exception here for Metro columnist Robert McCartney’s Sunday analysis in which he argues, persuasively, that the McDonnell thesis isn’t likely to...
  • A Church Comfortable with the Abortion-Politicians

    09/07/2009 9:07:35 AM PDT · by Paycheck · 8 replies · 781+ views
    Socon Or Bust ^ | September 7 | John Pacheco
    Fr. Tom Rosica, the CEO of Salt + Light TV, has posted a scathing, malicious, and bizarre attack on the pro-life community in the Catholic Church on his blog, wildly accusing critics of Sen. Edward Kennedy’s public funeral of “division, destruction, hatred, vitriol, judgment and violence…destroying and killing others“. ...
  • ‘Post’ Bombshell: A Conservative Candidate Who Is Actually &#65533;” Gasp &#65533;” Conservative

    09/07/2009 6:01:26 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies · 1,055+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 9/6/2009 | J. Matt Barber
    Politicos, pundits and armchair campaign managers around the country are keeping a close eye on this year’s gubernatorial contest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The stakes couldn’t be higher. In fact, many analysts believe this race (among others) may forecast things to come in the 2010 and 2012 elections ± up to and including the battle for the White House. That’s why it’s of little surprise that a branch of the Democratic Party’s media propaganda machine — the unabashedly liberal Washington Post – would, per usual, abandon any semblance of journalistic integrity and rush to the aid of State Senator...