Catholic exchange.com has a piece today about the continuing fight.
Now another business joins the fight in Missouri. You can read about it in the National Catholic Register.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Catholics United v. The Knights of Columbus
The liberal group Catholics United--never heard of them before--is attacking The Knights of Columbus for supporting marriage between a man and a woman. You can read about it at The Knights of Columbus. Makes you wonder if anyone can call themselves Catholic? Maybe they should read the CCC?
Copyright image of the Knights of Columbus.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Prayer to the Virgin Mary as Undoer/Untier of Knots
Holy Mary, full of the presence of God during your life you accepted with great humility the Holy Will of the Father and the legacy of your Son Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion. Since then you have interceded for all of our difficulties. With all simplicity and patience you have given us example on how to untangle the knots in our complicated lives. By being our Mother forever, you arrange and make clear the path that unites us to Our Lord. Holy Mary, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart untie the knots that upset our lives.
We ask you to receive in your hands (mention who or prayer request) and deliver us from the chains and confusions that have us restrained. Blessed Virgin Mary, through your grace, your intercession and by your example, deliver us from evil and untie the knots that keep us from uniting with God, so that once free of every confusion and error, we may find Him in all things, have Him in our hearts and serve him always in our brothers and sisters. Mother of Good Counsel pray for us.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
While it is easy to ask God to intercede on behalf of a particular person or problem, do we remember to thank him for all his generous gifts of love: a glorious sunset, a child's smile, a beautiful flower, a shimmering star, . . .
Do we begin each day with a morning offering?
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer thee my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice throughout the world. Amen. (There are longer versions)
Do we end each day with an examination of conscience?
Do we make simple acts of praise? As we say during the Stations of the Cross
V.) We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (Genuflect)
R.) Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (Rise)
Where do you meet your Heavenly Father each day? Do you keep your appointed hour?
What is the one thing we should do every day? Thank our Divine Papa for the gift of life!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the U.S. that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching.
“Evidence is emerging which demonstrates that the threat to religious freedom is not solely a concern for non-democratic and totalitarian regimes,” he said. “Unfortunately it is surfacing with greater regularity in what many consider the great democracies of the world.”
The apostolic nuncio, who serves as the Pope’s diplomatic representative to the U.S., said this is a “tragedy” for both the believer and for democratic society.
Archbishop Vigano’s Nov. 4 speech keynoted the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life conference. He discussed martyrdom, persecution, and religious freedom, with a particular focus on the United States.
He cited Catholics’ duties to be disciples of Christ, not elements of a political or secular ideology. He lamented the fact that many Catholics are publicly supporting “a major political party” that has “intrinsic evils among its basic principles.”
“There is a divisive strategy at work here, an intentional dividing of the Church; through this strategy, the body of the Church is weakened, and thus the Church can be more easily persecuted,” the nuncio said.
Archbishop Vigano observed that some influential Catholic public officials and university professors are allied with forces opposed to the Church’s fundamental moral teachings on “critical issues” like abortion, population control, the redefinition of marriage, embryonic stem cell research and “problematic adoptions.”
He said it is a “grave and major problem” when self-professed Catholic faculty at Catholic institutions are the sources of teachings that conflict with Church teaching on important policy issues rather than defend it.
While Archbishop Vigano noted that most Americans believe they are “essentially a religious people” and still give some importance to religion, he also saw reasons this could change.
He said that the problem of persecution begins with “reluctance to accept the public role of religion,” especially where protecting religious freedom “involves beliefs that the powerful of the political society do not share.”
The nuncio said it is “essential” to pray for a just resolution to religious freedom controversies, including the controversy over the new federal mandate requiring many Catholic employers to provide morally objectionable insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, including some abortion-causing drugs.
The issues that the Catholic bishops have identified in this mandate are “very real” and “pose grave threats to the vitality of Catholicism in the United States,” Archbishop Vigano said.
The nuncio also discussed other religious liberty threats.
He cited a Massachusetts public school curriculum that required young students to take courses that presented same-sex relations as “natural and wholesome.” Civil authorities rejected parents’ requests for a procedure to exempt their children from the “morally unacceptable” classes.
“If these children were to remain in public schools, they had to participate in the indoctrination of what the public schools thought was proper for young children,” the archbishop said. “Put simply, religious freedom was forcefully pushed aside once again.”
Catholic Charities agencies have also been kicked out of social service programs because they would not institute policies or practices that violate “fundamental moral principles of the Catholic faith.”
Archbishop Vigano cited several countries that have witnessed severe persecution like China, Pakistan, India and the Middle East. He praised the martyrs past and present who would not compromise on “the principles of faith.”
While some forms of persecution are violent and cruel, others aim to incapacitate the faith by encouraging people to renounce their beliefs or the public aspects of their faith, in the face of “great hardships.”
Fidelity to God and the Church has “hastened martyrdom and persecution for many believers of the past, and of today,” he said.
“In all of these instances, we see that the faithful persist in their fidelity to Jesus Christ and his Holy Church! For throughout her history, the Church has gained strength when persecuted,” the archbishop said.
Religious liberty is a human, civil and natural right that is not conferred by the state, he said, adding “religious freedom is the exercise of fidelity to God and his Holy Church without compromise.”
“What God has given, the servant state does not have the competence to remove,” Archbishop Vigano affirmed.
This article is from Catholic News Agency Also found at National Catholic Register
Friday, November 9, 2012
While there are some speculating the many reasons why Barack Obama was elected for another 4 years, the Pro-life movement needs to keep on advocating for life.
Looking back into Ancient Rome, we have only to remember how Caesar pacified the masses--bread and circuses. We may not have the Circus Maximus, but we definitely have Bread and Circuses. Are we the next Rome?
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
This morning someone wrote an e-mail to a Conservative radio host, complaining that he was not going to get involved in politics anymore, since Obama won. How soon we forget that "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke.
Another reason to homeschool; Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance: The Parkers.
Although this happened in 2005, people need to defend marriage.