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  • Kaine, O'Malley Criticize Catholic Church Response to same sex marriage in D.C.

    11/26/2009 6:25:46 PM PST · by HokieMom · 29 replies · 1,476+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 200 | AP
    RICHMOND | The governors of Virginia and Maryland, both Catholics, said Tuesday that it would be wrong for the church to suspend or reduce social services in the nation's capital if the District approves gay marriage. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley criticized the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington's response to the District's gay marriage proposal during a joint appearance on Washington radio station WTOP. The D.C. Council is expected to approve gay marriage next month. The archdiocese says that unless the proposal is amended to add a religious exemption, its Catholic Charities won't be able to continue...
  • Kennedy dispute reveals divide among Catholics

    11/23/2009 9:56:26 AM PST · by Bullpine · 64 replies · 1,393+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mon Nov 23, 9:18 am ET | RAY HENRY
    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A bitter dispute over abortion that prompted Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop to ask Rep. Patrick Kennedy not to receive Holy Communion has revealed the depth of the divide among Catholics over how politicians should reconcile their faith with their public duties.
  • Report: Patrick Kennedy barred from communion by bishop

    11/22/2009 3:46:19 AM PST · by Andy'smom · 37 replies · 1,469+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 10/22//2009
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rep. Patrick Kennedy says Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has barred him from receiving communion because of his support of abortion rights. The Providence Journal reports on its Web site Sunday that Kennedy said in an interview that Tobin issued the order during discussions with the Democratic lawmaker, further escalating a simmering ideological dispute between the two men. Under church rules, Tobin can prevent Kennedy from receiving communion within his diocese, which covers Rhode Island. It’s unclear whether bishops outside Rhode Island will take the same path.
  • Rep. Patrick Kennedy says RI bishop has told him not to take Communion over pro-choice stance

    11/22/2009 5:35:40 AM PST · by NYer · 62 replies · 1,685+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | November 22, 2009 | Ray Henry
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has banned Rep. Patrick Kennedy from receiving Communion, the central sacrament of the church, in Rhode Island because of the congressman's support for abortion rights, Kennedy said in a newspaper interview published Sunday.The decision by the outspoken prelate, reported on The Providence Journal's Web site, significantly escalates a bitter dispute between Tobin, an ultra orthodox bishop, and Kennedy, a son of the nation's most famous Roman Catholic family."The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion," Kennedy told the...
  • 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...
  • WaPo Ratchets Up Attacks on Republican Bob McDonnell; Six Articles in Four Days

    09/02/2009 9:36:34 AM PDT · by angkor · 21 replies · 859+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 2, 2009 - 11:03 ET | Scott Whitlock
    The Washington Post on Wednesday increased its frenzied attack on Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, featuring two stories in the paper’s Metro section, an op-ed and a cartoon. Including opinion pieces, the Post has delivered six articles in four days on the Republican's 1989 master’s thesis about families and government policy. In an article with the loaded title "McDonnell Tries to Salvage Women’s Votes," Rosalind S. Helderman and Sandhya Somashekhar described how the candidate is trying to "help rebuild his relationship with the key voting bloc, damaged in recent days by the publication of his 1989 master's thesis." Helderman and...
  • '89 thesis gives McDonnell's GOP camp first crisis (Non Crisis)

    08/31/2009 10:55:18 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 34 replies · 1,400+ views ^ | Aug 31,2009 | By BOB LEWIS
    RICHMOND, Va. - Bob McDonnell's 20-year-old conservative manifesto advocating government protections for heterosexual, two-parent traditional families not available to those living "alternative lifestyles" presents his gubernatorial campaign its first crisis. McDonnell has not commented on the 1989 graduate thesis since it was first reported in Sunday's Washington Post. His research paper targets abortion, feminism, welfare, "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators" as enemies of traditional families. With no nomination challenge and no distractions, his Republican campaign has stayed on script and rolled smoothly along until now. Democrat Creigh Deeds' campaign, trailing McDonnell in the most recent statewide polling, found new life in...
  • Bob McDonnell Meets the Press

    08/31/2009 4:26:46 PM PDT · by elizabethgrace · 17 replies · 900+ views
    NRO ^ | 8/31/09 | Campaign Spot
    HORSERACE Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, is holding a conference call, discussing the Post's A1 story on his thesis, and other topics: "I never thought many people would ever read or care about my thesis. I think that until recently, only five people had read it, two of which were myself and my wife. I haven't thought about it in several decades." "I am disappointed but not surprised that my opponent wnats to make this a central issue in the campaign; he continues to backtrack from his pledge at first deabte that the focus of thecampaign...
  • McDonnell blasted for controversial research paper [OMG!! McDonnell is a conservative! SHOCKING!]

    08/31/2009 3:13:22 PM PDT · by elizabethgrace · 36 replies · 1,094+ views
    CNN ^ | August 31st, 2009 04:20 PM ET | CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
    Eager to draw attention Bob McDonnell's conservative roots, campaign advisers to Democrat Creigh Deeds on Monday called McDonnell's newly-discovered 1989 graduate thesis a "devastating" revelation that threatens to sink the Republican's campaign for the Virginia governor's mansion. The 93-page research paper — first revealed in Sunday's Washington Post — articulated a Christian conservative worldview that criticized "cohabitators, homosexuals and fornicators" and described working women and feminists "detrimental" to the family.
  • Group questions Catholic funeral for Kennedy

    08/29/2009 4:46:08 PM PDT · by NoRedTape · 29 replies · 1,201+ views ^ | 8/29/2009 | Pete Chagnon
    (Father) "Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, released this statement concerning Senator Kennedy. "We must, as a matter of precept, pray for the salvation of heretical Catholics like Senator Edward Kennedy, but we do not have to praise him, let alone extol him with the full honors of a public Catholic funeral and all the adulation that attends such an event." He adds that while Senator Kennedy called himself Catholic, like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden, they are actually wolves in sheep's clothing. "They do not hold to the teaching of the church....
  • The Kennedy Funeral - A Golden Opportunity or Capitulation for the Catholic Church

    08/27/2009 10:22:18 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 236 replies · 5,304+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 8-26-09 | John-Henry Westen
    Saturday's grandiose Catholic funeral for Senator Ted Kennedy has the potential to be a scandal that will make Notre Dame's Obama Day a walk in the park. With all four living former Presidents in attendance and an address from President Barack Obama, the funeral is set to be a royal crowning, right inside a Catholic Church, of a man who betrayed the most fundamental moral teachings of the faith. What example will this give to Catholics and the rest of the world looking in? It will surely belie the Catholic teachings on the sanctity of life and sexuality. "Surely," they...
  • Ted Kennedy leaves mixed Catholic legacy

    08/26/2009 1:07:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 73 replies · 3,406+ views
    cna ^ | August 26, 2009
    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Boston, Mass., Aug 26, 2009 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) passed away last night at the age of 77 after a battle with brain cancer.  Kennedy, a Catholic, will be remembered for his service to the poor, and dedication to education but also his opposition to pro-life issues.After a long struggle with brain cancer, last night Sen. Kennedy took a turn for the worse while at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.  Surrounded by his family members and a priest, Fr. Patrick Tarrant, he passed away around 11:30 p.m.Fr. Tarrant told...
  • Catholic congressman: I'd rather save my soul than vote for the health care bill

    08/03/2009 1:23:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies · 1,590+ views
    cna ^ | August 3, 2009
    Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao New Orleans, La., Aug 3, 2009 / 02:06 pm (CNA).- Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, (R-New Orleans), the first Vietnamese-American congressman and a Catholic,  announced this past weekend that, because of the “stealth mandate” for abortion still present in the Health Care bill, he prefers to “save his soul” rather than  vote in favor of it.Cao, the only member of the Louisiana House delegation who had not weighed in on where he stands on the health reform bill, told the Times-Picayune on Saturday that he cannot support any bill that permits public money to be spent...
  • Obama Misled Pope on Abortion, Congressman Charges

    07/21/2009 8:58:02 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 37 replies · 882+ views
    EWTN ^ | Jul 20, 2009
    In remarks on the House floor last week, Congressman Chris Smith argued that President Obama purposely misled Pope Benedict XVI when he said that he “wants to reduce abortion” at their July 10 meeting. Smith recalled the president's statement to the Pope and pointed out that Obama has repeated it several times to different audiences. And yet, Smith charged, Obama’s actions have not aligned with his words. “He says one thing and does precisely the opposite.” Now, the New Jersey Congressman said, Obama is offering a plan for health care reform that is a thinly veiled attempt to increase access...
  • Pelosi Accused of Muzzling Opposition to Taxpayer-funded D.C. Abortions

    07/20/2009 6:43:10 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 3 replies · 257+ views
    EWTN ^ | Jul 18, 2009
    Despite bipartisan efforts from pro-life congressmen, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed legislation allowing taxpayer-funded abortion in the District of Columbia. One pro-lifer charged that opponents had been “muzzled” by Nancy Pelosi. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act passed by a vote of 219 to 208. It contained provisions which allowed local D.C. taxpayer money to be used on abortions and expanded the exemptions to fund abortions “where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury or physical illness.” The House refused to consider a bipartisan amendment by Reps. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) and Lincoln Davis (D-TN)....
  • Catholic Answers Sues the IRS in Defense of Free Speech

    07/15/2009 3:09:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 973+ views
    ncr ^ | July 15, 2009 | STEVE WEATHERBE
    SAN DIEGO — Catholic Answers is challenging a 2008 Internal Revenue Service ruling that it interfered in the 2004 presidential election by recommending Catholic presidential candidate John Kerry be denied Communion. But one expert on free speech at the University of Notre Dame, Lloyd Mayer, associate professor of law, is worried that this may be “the right principle but the wrong case.”The IRS at first levied an income tax of $102.23 on the San Diego apologetics organization, but returned the money, without reversing its ruling, after Catholic Answers appealed it. Said Catholic Answers’ founder and president, Karl Keating: “It’s the...
  • Obama, pope share ideals, DeLauro says (CT Congress Critter)

    07/10/2009 4:54:43 AM PDT · by raybbr · 7 replies · 439+ views
    New Haven Register ^ | July 10, 2009 | Ed Stannard
    Today’s meeting between President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI will bring together two leaders who share a vision for helping the needy of the world and working toward peace, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, said Thursday. Obama’s first meeting with the leader of the world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics follows the release of the encyclical “Charity in Truth” on Wednesday, in which Benedict stated that love of neighbor and justice require the wealthy and powerful nations of the world to help the poor, seek peace and protect the Earth. “He presents a challenge to all political leaders,” DeLauro said...
  • Bishop Murphy challenges Catholic politician on same-sex marriage

    06/22/2009 1:42:49 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 5 replies · 397+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/22/09 | Catholic Culture
    Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre has publicly confronted Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi after the latter announced his support of homosexual marriage in a New York Times opinion piece. Mr. Suozzi “certainly admits that he knows he is contradicting some basic moral teachings of his own faith,” Bishop Murphy writes. “This is not the first time he has done this. He has already placed himself publicly in the category of ‘pro choice’ on abortion. While homosexual orientation is a neutral reality on a moral level, homosexual acts are not morally neutral. They are wrong and they are sinful. Abortion...
  • Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life

    06/22/2009 1:56:09 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 28 replies · 1,914+ views ^ | 6/22/09 | Steven Ertelt
    A pro-life outreach has started a new prayer campaign hoping for the conversion of pro-abortion Catholic politicians to the pro-life perspective. The web site and outreach OneNationUnderGod is starting the effort today, the feast day of St. Thomas More. Pope John Paul II proclaimed More the patron saint of statesmen and politicians, so June 22 appears to be an appropriate time for prayer for lawmakers who Catholic deviate from the Catholic Church's longstanding pro-life teachings. Lisa Correnti talked with about the new effort. "In the 1995 encyclical Evangelium vitae, John Paul II reiterates what the Catholic Church has always...
  • U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Says Pro-Abortion Politicians Should be Shunned ( June 21, 2004 )

    05/20/2009 3:35:58 PM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 417+ views ^ | June 21, 2004 | staff
    WASHINGTON, June 21, 2004 ( - The United States of Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has adopted a statement, "Catholics in Political Life," by a vote of 183-6, which says pro-abortion politicians should not be honored by Catholic community and Catholic institutions. "They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions," says the statement. On the question of withholding Communion from pro-abortion politicians, the document leaves the final decision to local bishops. The statement came after the Task Force on Catholic Bishops and Catholic Politicians made an extensive interim report at the USCCB's...
  • Where are the Catholics in Congress?

    05/18/2009 3:20:57 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 13 replies · 729+ views
    The Andrea Shea King Show ^ | May 18, 2009 | Andrea Shea King
    Tonight on The Andrea Shea King Show at 9 pm ET: Deal Hudson of Inside Catholic joins us again with his take on the aftermath of yesterday's abominable activities at Notre Dame. Where are the Catholic members of Congress? Crickets... "The scandal of President Barack Obama receiving an honorary degree at Notre Dame yesterday pales in comparison with the ongoing scandal of Catholics in Congress. Of the 161 Catholics presently serving, only 26 have 100 percent pro-life voting records, while 28 have a zero percent rating. Sixty-five have less than a 20 percent pro-life rating and 75 have accepted donations...
  • Nineteen Catholic Senators Voted To Confirm Pro-Abortion HHS Nominee Sebelius

    05/06/2009 8:47:15 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 92 replies · 4,023+ views
    Pew Sitter ^ | May 6, 2009 | Lisa Correnti
    The Senate voted 65-31 to confirm Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as President Obama's Secretary of Health and Human Services. Just last week Sebelius again denied protection to the unborn when she vetoed a bill that would provide increased regulations on performing late term abortions. Nineteen Catholic Senators supported the Sebelius nomination and six Catholic Senators opposed. Two Catholic senators who are ardently pro-life supported the governor; Senator Sam Brownback and Senator George Voinovich. Senator Brownback announced his support early on which was a surprise and a major disappointment to many in the pro-life movement. Senator Murkowski, who has a mixed...
  • Bishop Martino: Kings College Should Not have Sen. Casey for Commencement

    05/03/2009 12:11:25 PM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies · 368+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/3/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Bishop Joseph Martino is a Bishop who has stood out for his deep, continual and unflinching pastoral oversight of the Diocese and all of the Catholic institutions under his care. He has also shown genuine pastoral care for Senator Robert Casey, the son of the late Governor Bob Casey who was a courageous and uncompromising champion of the Right to Life. His son, Senator Robert Casey has a decidedly mixed record concerning the fundamental Right to Life. His Bishop is engaging him regularly to remind him of his obligations to be what Pope Benedict has called "morally coherent" in discharging...
  • Bishop Martino Regrets King’s CollegeCommencement Speaker Selection (Sen Bob Casey)

    05/03/2009 10:13:24 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 601+ views
    Bishop Joseph F. Martino said today that the decision by King’s College to have Sen. Robert Casey serve as commencement speaker on May 17 is, in view of his affirmative vote for Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services, an affront to all who value the sanctity of life. Previously, the Bishop had asked Sen. Casey to reflect on his oft-stated pro-life beliefs and oppose the nomination of Gov. Sebelius who as a Catholic has been a committed advocate of abortion while she served as governor of Kansas. It is the Bishop’s position that his vote on April...
  • Will he get the Catholic vote? ( S.F.'s mayor Gavin Newsom for governor? )

    04/25/2009 6:20:47 PM PDT · by kellynla · 19 replies · 870+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | April 24, 2009 | staff
    Gavin Newsom, the divorced San Francisco mayor who provoked a constitutional crisis in 2004 by granting marriage licenses to 4,000 same-sex couples, has made it official: he is running for governor in the 2010 elections. Newsom, 41, a graduate of Santa Clara University who has described himself as a “lifelong Catholic,” chose to use a YouTube video, Facebook and Twitter to make the announcement on Tuesday. In the YouTube video, Newsom says, “I'm a candidate for governor of California because I know we can do better." Newsom’s 2004 decision to grant marriage licenses to 4,000 same-sex couples in San Francisco...
  • Georgetown University to Honor Pro-Abortion Vice President Joe Biden

    04/21/2009 12:23:26 PM PDT · by SErtelt · 9 replies · 1,093+ views ^ | April 21, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- Georgetown University could find itself as the latest Catholic college to upset pro-life Catholics as it plans to present a legal award to pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden. It could join the University of Notre Dame, which has invited President Barack Obama to give commencement, in the doghouse. Tomorrow, Georgetown University Law Center will host an event honoring Biden with the “Legal Momentum Hero Award."
  • Letter Reveals another $200,000 Donation from Tiller for Sebelius

    04/16/2009 7:23:55 PM PDT · by topher · 15 replies · 647+ views
    Thursday April 16, 2009 Letter Reveals another $200,000 Donation from Notorious Abortionist Tiller to Help Elect Sebelius By Kathleen GilbertWASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2009 ( - A second financial revelation has cast further doubt on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' representation to the Senate Finance Committee of the nature of her relationship with late-term abortionist George Tiller.  Sebelius is President Obama's nominee for the secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS). She is currently seeking Senate confirmation.After Sebelius was recently found to have reported only a fraction of Tiller's $38,450 in donations to her insurance commissioner campaign, Operation Rescue yesterday released a...
  • Sebelius Confirmation Delayed: Time for Catholic Action

    04/07/2009 4:49:24 PM PDT · by tcg · 9 replies · 555+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/08/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The real scandal in the unhindered progress of this nomination is the lack of outcry from Catholics in either major Political Party to the confirmation of a nominee whose own Bishop has spoken repeatedly to her over her infidelity to the truth concerning life. The Bishop did this out of pastoral concern and in an effort to help her to come back to the truth and into the full communion of the Church. ... This administration continues to put forward Catholic candidates who are dissidents when it comes to the very foundation of all Catholic Social teaching, the dignity of...
  • D.C.-Area Bishops To Enforce Communion Ban On Sebelius

    04/01/2009 10:12:24 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies · 760+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | April 01, 2009 | John P. Connolly
    Two Washington, D.C.-area Catholic bishops have instructed Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, D-Kan., President Barack Obama’s pick to Be Secretary Of Health and Human Services, to refrain from receiving Holy Communion on account of her stances on human-life issues such as abortion and embryonic stem cell research. This comes as Ms. Sebelius undergoes Senate confirmation hearings before the Committee on on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. In May 2008, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kan. told Ms. Sebelius that she should not present herself to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. Last week, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. and Bishop...
  • The Trial of Kathleen Sebelius

    03/16/2009 2:52:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 814+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/16/09 | Deal W. Hudson
    March 16, 2009 ( - Late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller will stand trial in Wichita beginning today, charged with 19 misdemeanor counts of failing to obtain a mandatory second, independent physician's opinion to performing a late-term abortion. Tiller is accused of having a financial relationship with his partnered physician, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, who provided the second opinions. (Evidently it's not so easy to find another physician who agrees with the medical "necessity" of these procedures.) Regardless of what happens to Tiller, there is no doubt that his trial will provide a constant reminder of his relationship to President Barack...
  • D.C. archdiocese hedges on Communion for Sebelius

    03/13/2009 3:23:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies · 922+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2009 | Julia Duin
    The Archdiocese of Washington is trying to duck a growing debate on whether pro-choice Catholic politicians can take Communion within its boundaries. The appointment of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, one of the nation's best-known Catholic politicians, to head the Department of Health and Human Services has consumed Catholic blogs and opinionmakers because the nominee has been told by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., to not take Communion. He would only lift the order, he wrote in a May 9 column in his archdiocesan newspaper, when the governor had "acknowledged the error of her past positions, made a worthy...