Is this what we are defending? I am half tempted to call a Press Conference and burn my Officer's Uniform in my front lawn! Is this what I spent a lifetime defending? Is this what America has come down to? First Obama and now this clown; we have become the laughing stock of the world for crying out loud!
U.S. Catholic Hierarchy Shows Support for Legislation Requiring Massive Tax Hike
Jun. 26, 2009 (CWNews.com) - The US bishops have given their enthusiastic support to the Waxman-Markey bill, a piece of legislation designed to address climate change, which Republican opponents have characterized as entailing "the largest tax increase in American history."
The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 proposes a complicated series of schemes known as "cap and trade," ultimately imposing taxes on the carbon-dioxide emissions that are cited as a major factor in global warming. Even before the 1,200-page legislation was made available to Congress, the members of the House of Representatives received a letter from two leading representatives of the American Church, giving their strong endorsement for the bill.
Bishop Howard Hubbard, who chairs the US bishops' committee on international justice and peace; and Ken Hackett, the president of Catholic Relief Services, welcomed the introduction of the Waxman-Markey bill. They criticized the legislation only because, in their view, it did not include adequate funding to protect the poor-- in the US and abroad-- from the bill's economic impact. Bishop Hubbard and Hackett argued that "the funding resources committed to international adaptation fall fundamentally short of what is needed." Their letter also suggested measures to protect churches and non-profit agencies from the adverse economic effects.
By pointing to the ways in which the legislation could harm the economic interests of the poor and the non-profit sector, Bishop Hubbard and Ken Hackett demonstrated that they were aware of the bill's economic costs. But their letter to Congressmen betrayed no concern at all about how the bill would affect ordinary American families above the poverty level.
The Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the legislation, concluded that the Waxman-Markey bill would entail new costs of $770 a year for the average American family. A separate analysis by the Heritage Foundation suggested that this figure was grossly understated, and the actual costs would be closer to $3,000 per year for a typical family of four-- rising steadily up to $4,600 by the year 2035. The Heritage analysis added that the bill would increase gasoline prices by 58%, home heating oil by 56%, and electric rates by 90%. The total drag on the economy would likely result in a loss of over 1 million jobs, Heritage concluded. In spite of this enormous cost, the Foundation argued, the Waxman-Markey bill would produce only a miniscule effect on the process of climate change, producing a drop in world temperatures of "only hundredths of a degree Celsius" in the next 40 years.
This was sent to me through email, but they are the sentiments of everyone I ran across in the airports from Nashville to Chicago and back.
One man said that Obama is an illegal alien; he is a muslim; that there will be war if this doesn’t let up. His medicare is being taxed, he isn’t allowed to pay to see a physician; he can’t drive the kind of car he wants to drive; electricity and other things are going to skyrocket should cap and trade go through…
The democrats are going to have to quickly put all their restrictions and big government into place before it hits Americans’ paychecks…because when that happens, you can bet there will be a revolt on their hands.
There is already talk of a big revolution against the Obama government right now, and it ain’t pretty.
Another man who was visiting from Richmond Virginia said there is going to be serious trouble…
And everyone I talked to was unhappy with the way things are going with the Obama administration.
Yeah, we saw how it was with King George, and under King Barack, things are going in the exact same direction.
Obama and the democrats are underestimating the American people…and there is going to be a backlash if they keep forcing their big government on us.
That’s part of what I took away on this trip; which was totally unexpected.
Cardinal Rodé Notes Growth of Islam, Orthodoxy in Former Yugoslavia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia, (Zenit.org).- The Muslim population is growing in Bosnia to such an extent that Sarajevo is a "practically Muslim city," according to Cardinal Franc Rodé.
The prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life affirmed this when he spoke with Vatican Radio about his June 19-21 trip to the Balkans.
The prelate stated that Catholics were the main victims of the war and many fled the country, heading to Croatia or far-away nations like Australia, Canada and New Zealand. He explained that many had their houses burned and others fled for their lives. Many priests and religious were killed, and churches and monasteries destroyed.
"Numerically, they have diminished a lot," he said after his visit at the invitation of Cardinal Vinko Puljic. There are only 17,000 Catholics in Sarajevo, he noted, a city of 600,000. "In the Diocese of Banja Luka, before the war between 1991 and 1995, there were 150,000 Catholics; now there are only 35,000."
Nevertheless, Cardinal Rodé affirmed, the Catholics desire to remain there and offer ecclesial services, particularly social services and education and formation made available to everyone, Catholic, Orthodox or Muslim.
In Banja Luka, Bishop Franjo Komarica is planning a Catholic university to be distinguished by interreligious dialogue.
"The Church I found in Bosnia and Herzegovina, though numerically reduced, is a living Church, full of hope," the cardinal said. "[It] is a very motivated Church, and priestly and religious vocations are not lacking."
Meanwhile, more than 100 mosques have been built in recent years, the prelate added. "There is, in fact, the will to Islamize the region of Sarajevo," as well as the will "to make the Serbian Republic an Orthodox nation."
In Serbia, Cardinal Rodé noted, the government is constructing Orthodox churches. He observed how the leaders of that nation are today openly Orthodox.
In this context, the Vatican official expressed his hope that in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there will be "relationships of tolerance and, if it's possible, of respect and a certain affinity and collaboration."
"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM" Washington, DC (26 June 2009) – The following is a statement from American Life League president Judie Brown regarding Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s announcement that archdiocese-affiliated Caritas ChristiHealthcare has with drawn announcement comes only two days after A.L.L. announced it would launch an investigation into the scandal.
“Praise God! After months of tireless effort from American Life League and pro-life heroes in Boston and around the country to expose a potential scandal only days away from becoming a tragic betrayal of Catholicism’s unwavering commitment to the dignity of the human person, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has heard our voices and will end the joint venture with abortion-providing Centene Corp!
We profoundly thank Cardinal O’Malley for his courage, leadership and pastoral concern for the health and well-being of those youngest members of his archdiocese. He has set a beautiful example of dedication and charity for those poorest of the poor – the preborn.
Cardinal O’Malley has answered our call and beat the clock as the minutes ticked away until the July 1 launch of the new CeltiCare Health Plan and the Catholic Church’s participation in the intrinsic evil of abortion.
Together with the thousands of American Life League supporters who’s voices cried out in horror to the Cardinal at the thought of the Archdiocese of Boston supporting and promoting abortion, we congratulate Cardinal O’Malley on his commitment to the Faith – even during this time of severe financial crisis.
It has been American Life League’s privilege and honor to work alongside Massachusetts heroes Carol McKinley, CJ Doyle of Catholic Action League and many other Boston pro-lifers in our effort to bring this potential scandal to light. Their constant vigilance and unwavering dedication to truth were a clear voice of conscience in Boston and the archdiocese is incredibly blessed to have such soldiers for Christ in their pews.
What happened in Boston will ring out far beyond the potential scandal that could have involved Caritas Christi and thereby the Archdiocese. Cardinal O'Malley's reaffirmation of the Faith, when it would have been all too easy to compromise, is a sign of the vitality of United States Catholics’ commitment to human life and personhood.
American Life League and our supporters are humbled to stand alongside Cardinal O’Malley as a sign of contradiction to the culture of death.
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.
"....there's no dispute that this cap and trade legislation will cost millions of American jobs"
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence gave the following speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives shortly before the vote on the Democrats' national energy tax plan:
"It's hard to know where to start. I got to think, Madame Speaker, a lot of people looking in on this debate, hearing about copies filed and esoteric process really don't care very much about all that, because this economy is hurting. American families are struggling under the weight of the worst recession in a generation. Families in my district are losing their jobs. Small businesses and family farms are struggling. And all they've seen out of Washington, D.C., so far is a gusher of runaway federal spending, deficits and debt and bailouts. They didn't think it could get worse.
"But here we go. In the midst of the worst recession in a generation, this Administration and this majority in Congress are prepared to pass a national energy tax that will raise the cost of energy on every American family. Now, my colleague sporting the green lapel button, who I greatly respect, said that there is a lot of dispute about how much the average American household will pay if this national energy tax becomes law and that's true. There are estimates ranging from a few hundred dollars a year to the Heritage Foundation's over $4,000 a year.
"The estimate I prefer was from candidate Barack Obama who said in January of 2008 to the San Francisco Chronicle and I shall quote with the deepest respect, ‘Under my plan of cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.' That will cost money. ‘They,' referring to the utility companies. ‘They will pass that money onto consumers.'
"Now I know earlier this week the President of the United States said that polluters are going to pay the cost of this national energy tax. That's not what he said last year.
"Now, I don't know how y'all define skyrocket. When the President said electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket under my cap and trade plan, but I'd be prepared to defer to you. I define skyrocket as a prescription for economic decline. There may be a dispute of the numbers of how much I'll be paying in my electrical bill or how much the cost of goods and services are going to go up, but there's no dispute that this cap and trade legislation will cost millions of American jobs.
"Raising the cost of energy is a bad idea in prosperous times. Raising a national energy tax in the worst recession in a generation is a profoundly bad idea. But for anyone looking in, let me say we are in the minority as we have been reminded with some firmness in this debate on occasion today.
"We don't have the votes to stop this bill. But you do. If you oppose the national energy tax, call your congressman right now. If you think we can do better to serve the interests of the American people and achieve energy independence with an all of the above strategy, call your congressman right now. Alexander Hamilton said it best: ‘Here, sir, the people govern.' We can stop this bill. We can do better, and so we must."
Boehner on Dems’ National Energy Tax: “I Have Never Seen Anything This Ridiculous”.
Democrats smell victory on climate vote
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) slowed Democrats’ attempt to pass a sweeping climate-change legislation Friday evening, reading page-by-page through a 300-page Democratic amendment before allowing a roll call vote.
It was a House version of a Senate filibuster – and a way to protest the addition of the 300-page managers’ amendment at 3 a.m. Friday.
Republicans say Democrats are ramming their climate-change legislation through the House without enough time for members to read the bill — let alone to understand it — all in violation of their promises about creating a more transparent legislative process.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), running the debate for his party, asked repeatedly Friday afternoon if there was even a copy of the current version of the bill anywhere in the House chamber. Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher – sitting in the speaker’s chair although she’s already been confirmed as Obama’s undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security — repeatedly dodged the question.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), one of the bill’s sponsors, interrupted Boehner’s filibuster with a parliamentary inquiry as to whether there was any limit to how long the Ohio Republican could speak – and suggested that he was hoping to talk so long that member might leave before the vote.
“It’s the custom of the House to hear the leader’s remarks,” replied Tauscher, who looking apologetic as Republicans applauded.
“Reclaiming my time,” Boehner said, “the gentleman’s had his 30 years to put this bill together. And the House is going to spend a whopping five hours debating the most profound piece of legislation to come to this floor in 100 years. And the chairman has the audacity to drop a 300-plus page amendment in the hopper at 3:09 a.m. this morning. And so I would ask my colleagues, don’t you think the American people expect us to understand what’s in this bill before we vote on it?”
“And so to get to page 34,” he continued.
Rep. Geoff Davis, a Republican from Kentucky, said earlier in the day that the cap-and-trade bill represented the “economic colonization of the heartland” by New York and California. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called the bill a “scam” that would do nothing but satisfy “the twisted desires of radical environmentalists.” Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) called it a “massive transfer of wealth” from the United States to foreign countries.
Congress phone list: Call and stop the climate legislation
This bill isn’t about energy independence any more than the Patriot Act was about patriots! They are “Patriot Acting” this thing and we don’t like it.
TELL THEM TO POSTPONE THE VOTE!!!!! THEN, Vote NO!!!! Make the phone calls… Tell them to postpone the vote then vote NO…
This thing is over 1600 pages and growing… There has been no reading and only scripted debate…
The Democratic members of the Select Committee are: Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Chairman 1 202 225-2836 (Yes) Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon 1 202 225-4811 (Yes) Congressman Jay Inslee of Washington 1 202 225-6311 (Yes) Congressman John Larson of Connecticut 1 202 225-2265 Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota 1 202 225-2801 Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri 1 202 225-4535 Congressman John Hall of New York 1 202 225-5441 Congressman John Salazar of Colorado 1 202 225-4761 Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California 1 202 225-3531
The Republican members to the Select Committee are: Congressman James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, Ranking Member 1 202 225-5101 Congressman John Shadegg of Arizona 1 202 225-3361 Congresswoman Candice Miller of Michigan 1 202 225-2106 Congressman John Sullivan of Oklahoma 1 202 225-2211 Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee 1 202 225-2811 Congresswoman Shelley Capito of West Virginia 1 202 225-2711
To find your Congressperson’s Washington phone number reference the list below. The D.C. area code is 202.
Abercrombie, Neil HI 1st 225-2726 1502 Ackerman, Gary L. NY 5th 225-2601 2243 Aderholt, Robert B. AL 4th 225-4876 1433 Adler, John H. NJ 3rd 225-4765 1223 Akin, W. Todd MO 2nd 225-2561 117 Alexander, Rodney LA 5th 225-8490 316 Altmire, Jason PA 4th 225-2565 332 Andrews, Robert E. NJ 1st 225-6501 2265 Arcuri, Michael A. NY 24th 225-3665 127 Austria, Steve OH 7th 225-4324 1641 Baca, Joe CA 43rd 225-6161 2245 Bachmann, Michele MN 6th 225-2331 107 Bachus, Spencer AL 6th 225-4921 2246 Baird, Brian WA 3rd 225-3536 2350 Baldwin, Tammy WI 2nd 225-2906 2446 Barrett, J. Gresham SC 3rd 225-5301 439 Barrow, John GA 12th 225-2823 213 Bartlett, Roscoe G. MD 6th 225-2721 2412 Barton, Joe TX 6th 225-2002 2109 Bean, Melissa L. IL 8th 225-3711 432 Becerra, Xavier CA 31st 225-6235 1119 Berkley, Shelley NV 1st 225-5965 405 Berman, Howard L. CA 28th 225-4695 2221 Berry, Marion AR 1st 225-4076 2305 Biggert, Judy IL 13th 225-3515 1034 Bilbray, Brian P. CA 50th 225-0508 2348 Bilirakis, Gus M. FL 9th 225-5755 1124 Bishop, Rob UT 1st 225-0453 123 Bishop, Sanford D. Jr. GA 2nd 225-3631 2429 Bishop, Timothy H. NY 1st 225-3826 306 Blackburn, Marsha TN 7th 225-2811 217 Blumenauer, Earl OR 3rd 225-4811 2267 Blunt, Roy MO 7th 225-6536 2229 Boccieri, John A. OH 16th 225-3876 1516 Boehner, John A. OH 8th 225-6205 1011 Bonner, Jo AL 1st 225-4931 2236 Bono Mack, Mary CA 45th 225-5330 104 Boozman, John AR 3rd 225-4301 1519 Bordallo, Madeleine Z. GU Delegate 225-1188 427 Boren, Dan OK 2nd 225-2701 216 Boswell, Leonard L. IA 3rd 225-3806 1427 Boucher, Rick VA 9th 225-3861 2187 Boustany, Charles W. Jr. LA 7th 225-2031 1117 Boyd, Allen FL 2nd 225-5235 1227 Brady, Kevin TX 8th 225-4901 301 Brady, Robert A. PA 1st 225-4731 206 Braley, Bruce L. IA 1st 225-2911 1019 Bright, Bobby AL 2nd 225-2901 1205 Broun, Paul C. GA 10th 225-4101 325 Brown, Corrine FL 3rd 225-0123 2336 Brown, Henry E. Jr. SC 1st 225-3176 103 Brown-Waite, Ginny FL 5th 225-1002 414 Buchanan, Vern FL 13th 225-5015 218 Burgess, Michael C. TX 26th 225-7772 229 Burton, Dan IN 5th 225-2276 2308 Butterfield, G. K. NC 1st 225-3101 413 Buyer, Steve IN 4th 225-5037 2230 Calvert, Ken CA 44th 225-1986 2201 Camp, Dave MI 4th 225-3561 341 Campbell, John CA 48th 225-5611 1507 Cantor, Eric VA 7th 225-2815 329 Cao, Anh “Joseph” LA 2nd 225-6636 2113 Capito, Shelley Moore WV 2nd 225-2711 2443 Capps, Lois CA 23rd 225-3601 1110 Capuano, Michael E. MA 8th 225-5111 1414 Cardoza, Dennis A. CA 18th 225-6131 1224 Carnahan, Russ MO 3rd 225-2671 1710 Carney, Christopher P. PA 10th 225-3731 416 Carson, Andre IN 7th 225-4011 425 Carter, John R. TX 31st 225-3864 409 Cassidy, Bill LA 6th 225-3901 506 Castle, Michael N. DE At Large 225-4165 1233 Castor, Kathy FL 11th 225-3376 317 Chaffetz, Jason UT 3rd 225-7751 1032 Chandler, Ben KY 6th 225-4706 1504 Childers, Travis W. MS 1st 225-4306 1708 Christensen, Donna M. VI Delegate 225-1790 1510 Clarke, Yvette D. NY 11th 225-6231 1029 Clay, Wm. Lacy MO 1st 225-2406 2418 Cleaver, Emanuel MO 5th 225-4535 1027 Clyburn, James E. SC 6th 225-3315 2135 Coble, Howard NC 6th 225-3065 2468 Coffman, Mike CO 6th 225-7882 1508 Cohen, Steve TN 9th 225-3265 1005 Cole, Tom OK 4th 225-6165 2458 Conaway, K. Michael TX 11th 225-3605 1527 Connolly, Gerald E. VA 11th 225-1492 327 Conyers, John Jr. MI 14th 225-5126 2426 Cooper, Jim TN 5th 225-4311 1536 Costa, Jim CA 20th 225-3341 1314 Costello, Jerry F. IL 12th 225-5661 2408 Courtney, Joe CT 2nd 225-2076 215 Crenshaw, Ander FL 4th 225-2501 440 Crowley, Joseph NY 7th 225-3965 2404 Cuellar, Henry TX 28th 225-1640 336 Culberson, John Abney TX 7th 225-2571 1514 Cummings, Elijah E. MD 7th 225-4741 2235 Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. PA 3rd 225-5406 516 Davis, Artur AL 7th 225-2665 208 Davis, Danny K. IL 7th 225-5006 2159 Davis, Geoff KY 4th 225-3465 1108 Davis, Lincoln TN 4th 225-6831 410 Davis, Susan A. CA 53rd 225-2040 1526 Deal, Nathan GA 9th 225-5211 2133 DeFazio, Peter A. OR 4th 225-6416 2134 DeGette, Diana CO 1st 225-4431 2335 Delahunt, Bill MA 10th 225-3111 2454 DeLauro, Rosa L. CT 3rd 225-3661 2413 Dent, Charles W. PA 15th 225-6411 1009 Diaz-Balart, Lincoln FL 21st 225-4211 2244 Diaz-Balart, Mario FL 25th 225-2778 328 Dicks, Norman D. WA 6th 225-5916 2467 Dingell, John D. MI 15th 225-4071 2328 Doggett, Lloyd TX 25th 225-4865 201 Donnelly, Joe IN 2nd 225-3915 1530 Doyle, Michael F. PA 14th 225-2135 401 Dreier, David CA 26th 225-2305 233 Driehaus, Steve OH 1st 225-2216 408 Duncan, John J. Jr. TN 2nd 225-5435 2207 Edwards, Chet TX 17th 225-6105 2369 Edwards, Donna F. MD 4th 225-8699 318 Ehlers, Vernon J. MI 3rd 225-3831 2182 Ellison, Keith MN 5th 225-4755 1122 Ellsworth, Brad IN 8th 225-4636 513 Emerson, Jo Ann MO 8th 225-4404 2440 Engel, Eliot L. NY 17th 225-2464 2161 Eshoo, Anna G. CA 14th 225-8104 205 Etheridge, Bob NC 2nd 225-4531 1533 Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. AS Delegate 225-8577 2422 Fallin, Mary OK 5th 225-2132 1432 Farr, Sam CA 17th 225-2861 1126 Fattah, Chaka PA 2nd 225-4001 2301 Filner, Bob CA 51st 225-8045 2428 Flake, Jeff AZ 6th 225-2635 240 Fleming, John LA 4th 225-2777 1023 Forbes, J. Randy VA 4th 225-6365 2438 Fortenberry, Jeff NE 1st 225-4806 1535 Foster, Bill IL 14th 225-2976 1339 Foxx, Virginia NC 5th 225-2071 1230 Frank, Barney MA 4th 225-5931 2252 Franks, Trent AZ 2nd 225-4576 2435 Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. NJ 11th 225-5034 2442 Fudge, Marcia L. OH 11th 225-7032 1513 Gallegly, Elton CA 24th 225-5811 2309 Garrett, Scott NJ 5th 225-4465 137 Gerlach, Jim PA 6th 225-4315 308 Giffords, Gabrielle AZ 8th 225-2542 1728 Gingrey, Phil GA 11th 225-2931 119 Gohmert, Louie TX 1st 225-3035 511 Gonzalez, Charles A. TX 20th 225-3236 303 Goodlatte, Bob VA 6th 225-5431 2240 Gordon, Bart TN 6th 225-4231 2306 Granger, Kay TX 12th 225-5071 320 Graves, Sam MO 6th 225-7041 1415 Grayson, Alan FL 8th 225-2176 1605 Green, Al TX 9th 225-7508 236 Green, Gene TX 29th 225-1688 2372 Griffith, Parker AL 5th 225-4801 417 Grijalva, Raul M. AZ 7th 225-2435 1440 Guthrie, Brett KY 2nd 225-3501 510 Gutierrez, Luis V. IL 4th 225-8203 2266 Hall, John J. NY 19th 225-5441 1217 Hall, Ralph M. TX 4th 225-6673 2405 Halvorson, Deborah L. IL 11th 225-3635 1541 Hare, Phil IL 17th 225-5905 428 Harman, Jane CA 36th 225-8220 2400 Harper, Gregg MS 3rd 225-5031 307 Hastings, Alcee L. FL 23rd 225-1313 2353 Hastings, Doc WA 4th 225-5816 1203 Heinrich, Martin NM 1st 225-6316 1505 Heller, Dean NV 2nd 225-6155 125 Hensarling, Jeb TX 5th 225-3484 129 Herger, Wally CA 2nd 225-3076 242 Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie SD At Large 225-2801 331 Higgins, Brian NY 27th 225-3306 431 Hill, Baron P. IN 9th 225-5315 223 Himes, James A. CT 4th 225-5541 214 Hinchey, Maurice D. NY 22nd 225-6335 2431 Hinojosa, Ruben TX 15th 225-2531 2463 Hirono, Mazie K. HI 2nd 225-4906 1524 Hodes, Paul W. NH 2nd 225-5206 1317 Hoekstra, Peter MI 2nd 225-4401 2234 Holden, Tim PA 17th 225-5546 2417 Holt, Rush D. NJ 12th 225-5801 1214 Honda, Michael M. CA 15th 225-2631 1713 Hoyer, Steny H. MD 5th 225-4131 1705 Hunter, Duncan CA 52nd 225-5672 1429 Inglis, Bob SC 4th 225-6030 100 Inslee, Jay WA 1st 225-6311 403 Israel, Steve NY 2nd 225-3335 2457 Issa, Darrell E. CA 49th 225-3906 2347 Jackson, Jesse L. Jr. IL 2nd 225-0773 2419 Jackson-Lee, Sheila TX 18th 225-3816 2160 Jenkins, Lynn KS 2nd 225-6601 130 Johnson, Eddie Bernice TX 30th 225-8885 1511 Johnson, Henry C. “Hank” Jr. GA 4th 225-1605 1133 Johnson, Sam TX 3rd 225-4201 1211 Johnson, Timothy V. IL 15th 225-2371 1207 Jones, Walter B. NC 3rd 225-3415 2333 Jordan, Jim OH 4th 225-2676 515 Kagen, Steve WI 8th 225-5665 1232 Kanjorski, Paul E. PA 11th 225-6511 2188 Kaptur, Marcy OH 9th 225-4146 2186 Kennedy, Patrick J. RI 1st 225-4911 407 Kildee, Dale E. MI 5th 225-3611 2107 Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. MI 13th 225-2261 2264 Kilroy, Mary Jo OH 15th 225-2015 1237 Kind, Ron WI 3rd 225-5506 1406 King, Peter T. NY 3rd 225-7896 339 King, Steve IA 5th 225-4426 1131 Kingston, Jack GA 1st 225-5831 2368 Kirk, Mark Steven IL 10th 225-4835 1030 Kirkpatrick, Ann AZ 1st 225-2315 1123 Kissell, Larry NC 8th 225-3715 512 Klein, Ron FL 22nd 225-3026 313 Kline, John MN 2nd 225-2271 1210 Kosmas, Suzanne M. FL 24th 225-2706 238 Kratovil, Frank Jr. MD 1st 225-5311 314 Kucinich, Dennis J. OH 10th 225-5871 2445 Lamborn, Doug CO 5th 225-4422 437 Lance, Leonard NJ 7th 225-5361 114 Langevin, James R. RI 2nd 225-2735 109 Larsen, Rick WA 2nd 225-2605 108 Larson, John B. CT 1st 225-2265 106 Latham, Tom IA 4th 225-5476 2217 LaTourette, Steven C. OH 14th 225-5731 2371 Latta, Robert E. OH 5th 225-6405 1531 Lee, Barbara CA 9th 225-2661 2444 Lee, Christopher John NY 26th 225-5265 1711 Levin, Sander M. MI 12th 225-4961 1236 Lewis, Jerry CA 41st 225-5861 2112 Lewis, John GA 5th 225-3801 343 Linder, John GA 7th 225-4272 1026 Lipinski, Daniel IL 3rd 225-5701 1717 LoBiondo, Frank A. NJ 2nd 225-6572 2427 Loebsack, David IA 2nd 225-6576 1221 Lofgren, Zoe CA 16th 225-3072 102 Lowey, Nita M. NY 18th 225-6506 2329 Lucas, Frank D. OK 3rd 225-5565 2311 Luetkemeyer, Blaine MO 9th 225-2956 1118 Lujan, Ben Ray NM 3rd 225-6190 502 Lummis, Cynthia M. WY At Large 225-2311 1004 Lungren, Daniel E. CA 3rd 225-5716 2262 Lynch, Stephen F. MA 9th 225-8273 221 McCarthy, Carolyn NY 4th 225-5516 2346 McCarthy, Kevin CA 22nd 225-2915 1523 McCaul, Michael T. TX 10th 225-2401 131 McClintock, Tom CA 4th 225-2511 508 McCollum, Betty MN 4th 225-6631 1714 McCotter, Thaddeus G. MI 11th 225-8171 1632 McDermott, Jim WA 7th 225-3106 1035 McGovern, James P. MA 3rd 225-6101 438 McHenry, Patrick T. NC 10th 225-2576 224 McHugh, John M. NY 23rd 225-4611 2366 McIntyre, Mike NC 7th 225-2731 2437 McKeon, Howard P. “Buck” CA 25th 225-1956 2184 McMahon, Michael E. NY 13th 225-3371 323 McMorris Rodgers, Cathy WA 5th 225-2006 1323 McNerney, Jerry CA 11th 225-1947 312 Mack, Connie FL 14th 225-2536 115 Maffei, Daniel B. NY 25th 225-3701 1630 Maloney, Carolyn B. NY 14th 225-7944 2332 Manzullo, Donald A. IL 16th 225-5676 2228 Marchant, Kenny TX 24th 225-6605 227 Markey, Betsy CO 4th 225-4676 1229 Markey, Edward J. MA 7th 225-2836 2108 Marshall, Jim GA 8th 225-6531 504 Massa, Eric J. J. NY 29th 225-3161 1208 Matheson, Jim UT 2nd 225-3011 2434 Matsui, Doris O. CA 5th 225-7163 222 Meek, Kendrick B. FL 17th 225-4506 1039 Meeks, Gregory W. NY 6th 225-3461 2342 Melancon, Charlie LA 3rd 225-4031 404 Mica, John L. FL 7th 225-4035 2313 Michaud, Michael H. ME 2nd 225-6306 1724 Miller, Brad NC 13th 225-3032 1127 Miller, Candice S. MI 10th 225-2106 228 Miller, Gary G. CA 42nd 225-3201 2349 Miller, George CA 7th 225-2095 2205 Miller, Jeff FL 1st 225-4136 2439 Minnick, Walt ID 1st 225-6611 1517 Mitchell, Harry E. AZ 5th 225-2190 1410 Mollohan, Alan B. WV 1st 225-4172 2302 Moore, Dennis KS 3rd 225-2865 1727 Moore, Gwen WI 4th 225-4572 1239 Moran, James P. VA 8th 225-4376 2239 Moran, Jerry KS 1st 225-2715 2202 Murphy, Christopher S. CT 5th 225-4476 412 Murphy, Patrick J. PA 8th 225-4276 1609 Murphy, Scott NY 20th 225-5614 120 Murphy, Tim PA 18th 225-2301 322 Murtha, John P. PA 12th 225-2065 2423 Myrick, Sue Wilkins NC 9th 225-1976 230 Nadler, Jerrold NY 8th 225-5635 2334 Napolitano, Grace F. CA 38th 225-5256 1610 Neal, Richard E. MA 2nd 225-5601 2208 Neugebauer, Randy TX 19th 225-4005 1424 Norton, Eleanor Holmes DC Delegate 225-8050 2136 Nunes, Devin CA 21st 225-2523 1013 Nye, Glenn C. VA 2nd 225-4215 116 Oberstar, James L. MN 8th 225-6211 2365 Obey, David R. WI 7th 225-3365 2314 Olson, Pete TX 22nd 225-5951 514 Olver, John W. MA 1st 225-5335 1111 Ortiz, Solomon P. TX 27th 225-7742 2110 Pallone, Frank Jr. NJ 6th 225-4671 237 Pascrell, Bill Jr. NJ 8th 225-5751 2464 Pastor, Ed AZ 4th 225-4065 2465 Paul, Ron TX 14th 225-2831 203 Paulsen, Erik MN 3rd 225-2871 126 Payne, Donald M. NJ 10th 225-3436 2310 Pelosi, Nancy CA 8th 225-4965 235 Pence, Mike IN 6th 225-3021 1431 Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th 225-2645 415 Perriello, Thomas S. P. VA 5th 225-4711 1520 Peters, Gary C. MI 9th 225-5802 1130 Peterson, Collin C. MN 7th 225-2165 2211 Petri, Thomas E. WI 6th 225-2476 2462 Pierluisi, Pedro R. PR Resident Commissioner 225-2615 1218 Pingree, Chellie ME 1st 225-6116 1037 Pitts, Joseph R. PA 16th 225-2411 420 Platts, Todd Russell PA 19th 225-5836 2455 Poe, Ted TX 2nd 225-6565 430 Polis, Jared CO 2nd 225-2161 501 Pomeroy, Earl ND At Large 225-2611 1501 Posey, Bill FL 15th 225-3671 132 Price, David E. NC 4th 225-1784 2162 Price, Tom GA 6th 225-4501 424 Putnam, Adam H. FL 12th 225-1252 442 Quigley, Mike IL 5th 225-4061 1319 Radanovich, George CA 19th 225-4540 2410 Rahall, Nick J. II WV 3rd 225-3452 2307 Rangel, Charles B. NY 15th 225-4365 2354 Rehberg, Denny MT 225-3211 2448 Reichert, David G. WA 8th 225-7761 1730 Reyes, Silvestre TX 16th 225-4831 2433 Richardson, Laura CA 37th 225-7924 1725 Rodriguez, Ciro D. TX 23rd 225-4511 2351 Roe, David P. TN 1st 225-6356 419 Rogers, Harold KY 5th 225-4601 2406 Rogers, Mike MI 8th 225-4872 133 Rogers, Mike AL 3rd 225-3261 324 Rohrabacher, Dana CA 46th 225-2415 2300 Rooney, Thomas J. FL 16th 225-5792 1529 Roskam, Peter J. IL 6th 225-4561 507 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana FL 18th 225-3931 2470 Ross, Mike AR 4th 225-3772 2436 Rothman, Steven R. NJ 9th 225-5061 2303 Roybal-Allard, Lucille CA 34th 225-1766 2330 Royce, Edward R. CA 40th 225-4111 2185 Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch MD 2nd 225-3061 2453 Rush, Bobby L. IL 1st 225-4372 2416 Ryan, Paul WI 1st 225-3031 1113 Ryan, Tim OH 17th 225-5261 1421 Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho MP Delegate 225-2646 423 Salazar, John T. CO 3rd 225-4761 326 Sanchez, Linda T. CA 39th 225-6676 1222 Sanchez, Loretta CA 47th 225-2965 1114 Sarbanes, John P. MD 3rd 225-4016 426 Scalise, Steve LA 1st 225-3015 429 Schakowsky, Janice D. IL 9th 225-2111 2367 Schauer, Mark H. MI 7th 225-6276 1408 Schiff, Adam B. CA 29th 225-4176 2447 Schmidt, Jean OH 2nd 225-3164 418 Schock, Aaron IL 18th 225-6201 509 Schrader, Kurt OR 5th 225-5711 1419 Schwartz, Allyson Y. PA 13th 225-6111 330 Scott, David GA 13th 225-2939 225 Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” VA 3rd 225-8351 1201 Sensenbrenner, F. James Jr. WI 5th 225-5101 2449 Serrano, Jose E. NY 16th 225-4361 2227 Sessions, Pete TX 32nd 225-2231 2233 Sestak, Joe PA 7th 225-2011 1022 Shadegg, John B. AZ 3rd 225-3361 436 Shea-Porter, Carol NH 1st 225-5456 1330 Sherman, Brad CA 27th 225-5911 2242 Shimkus, John IL 19th 225-5271 2452 Shuler, Heath NC 11th 225-6401 422 Shuster, Bill PA 9th 225-2431 204 Simpson, Michael K. ID 2nd 225-5531 2312 Sires, Albio NJ 13th 225-7919 1024 Skelton, Ike MO 4th 225-2876 2206 Slaughter, Louise McIntosh NY 28th 225-3615 2469 Smith, Adam WA 9th 225-8901 2402 Smith, Adrian NE 3rd 225-6435 503 Smith, Christopher H. NJ 4th 225-3765 2373 Smith, Lamar TX 21st 225-4236 2409 Snyder, Vic AR 2nd 225-2506 2210 [Solis, Hilda L.] CA 32nd 225-5464 2421 Souder, Mark E. IN 3rd 225-4436 2231 Space, Zachary T. OH 18th 225-6265 315 Speier, Jackie CA 12th 225-3531 211 Spratt, John M. Jr. SC 5th 225-5501 1401 Stark, Fortney Pete CA 13th 225-5065 239 Stearns, Cliff FL 6th 225-5744 2370 Stupak, Bart MI 1st 225-4735 2268 Sullivan, John OK 1st 225-2211 434 Sutton, Betty OH 13th 225-3401 1721 Tanner, John S. TN 8th 225-4714 1226 Tauscher, Ellen O. CA 10th 225-1880 2459 Taylor, Gene MS 4th 225-5772 2269 Teague, Harry NM 2nd 225-2365 1007 Terry, Lee NE 2nd 225-4155 2331 Thompson, Bennie G. MS 2nd 225-5876 2432 Thompson, Glenn PA 5th 225-5121 124 Thompson, Mike CA 1st 225-3311 231 Thornberry, Mac TX 13th 225-3706 2209 Tiahrt, Todd KS 4th 225-6216 2441 Tiberi, Patrick J. OH 12th 225-5355 113 Tierney, John F. MA 6th 225-8020 2238 Titus, Dina NV 3rd 225-3252 319 Tonko, Paul NY 21st 225-5076 128 Towns, Edolphus NY 10th 225-5936 2232 Tsongas, Niki MA 5th 225-3411 1607 Turner, Michael R. OH 3rd 225-6465 1740 Upton, Fred MI 6th 225-3761 2183 Van Hollen, Chris MD 8th 225-5341 1707 Velazquez, Nydia M. NY 12th 225-2361 2466 Visclosky, Peter J. IN 1st 225-2461 2256 Walden, Greg OR 2nd 225-6730 2352 Walz, Timothy J. MN 1st 225-2472 1722 Wamp, Zach TN 3rd 225-3271 1436 Wasserman Schultz, Debbie FL 20th 225-7931 118 Waters, Maxine CA 35th 225-2201 2344 Watson, Diane E. CA 33rd 225-7084 2430 Watt, Melvin L. NC 12th 225-1510 2304 Waxman, Henry A. CA 30th 225-3976 2204 Weiner, Anthony D. NY 9th 225-6616 2104 Welch, Peter VT At Large 225-4115 1404 Westmoreland, Lynn A. GA 3rd 225-5901 1213 Wexler, Robert FL 19th 225-3001 2241 Whitfield, Ed KY 1st 225-3115 2411 Wilson, Charles A. OH 6th 225-5705 226 Wilson, Joe SC 2nd 225-2452 212 Wittman, Robert J. VA 1st 225-4261 1318 Wolf, Frank R. VA 10th 225-5136 241 Woolsey, Lynn C. CA 6th 225-5161 2263 Wu, David OR 1st 225-0855 2338 Yarmuth, John A. KY 3rd 225-5401 435 Young, C. W. Bill FL 10th 225-5961 2407 Young, Don AK At Large 225-5765 2111
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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican confirmed today Benedict XVI will receive in audience Barack Hussein Obama next month.
The meeting, set for the afternoon of July 10, will be the first between the Pontiff and "Obama the Baby Killer."
Obama's Viaticum visit will take place within the context of his participation in the Group of Eight summit, which will be held July 8-10 in L'Aquila, Italy.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said to reporters today that "Benedict XVI is open to receive the undocumented president of the United States during the afternoon of July 10."
The decision to set the meeting for the afternoon, which breaks protocol for papal audiences, is due to the president's tight schedule.
WASHINGTON, D.C., (Zenit.org).- Barack Obama gave an early termination notice to bioethicists picked by his predecessor for an advisory board.
According to a New York Times report from last week, Obama wants the committee to focus more on "practical policy," rather than discussion of issues.
He thus ended the bioethicists' terms a few months early (they were originally to serve in the position until September), and will appoint new members to the board.
According to ethicist E. Christian Brugger, the "push to get practical in bioethical discourse is a bad sign."
Writing for the Culture of Life Foundation, Brugger said this shift "signals a turn away from urgent questions such as whether human embryos deserve full moral respect or whether 'human dignity' means that all persons, even the disabled and dying, possess equal value."
"It turns discourse from the question of 'should' to the question of 'how,'" he lamented.
Brugger contended that the chief virtue of the Bush appointees was "a willingness and ability to formulate and struggle with ethical questions."
He noted that their conclusions sometimes differed from the Catholic view, but that "the commission in general took seriously the kind of people we become as a result of asking the questions. It knew that scientific advancement doesn’t always translate into good moral options."
Bush appointed the council in 2001. U.S. presidents since Jimmy Carter have had a bioethics advisory council, but their leanings depend on the personal outlooks of the president.
Above photo is of the Portiuncula Chapel at the Franciscan University of Steubenville
To duplicate this Chapel, the Portiuncula Hermitage needs to raise $120,000
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It's times like these that tempt Catholics to throw in the towel and give up on the culture of despair.
Greed and corruption have wreaked havoc on our nation's economy. Euthanasia just received Washington State's stamp of approval. And all the pro-life victories of the past decade are now in jeopardy. It's the perfect storm for despair. But despair is the last thing we should do.
In troubled times, Christ calls us to pray, to trust in his perfect will, and to cooperate with his grace.
Ultimately, Christ calls us to hope. He calls us to remember that for Christians, peace does not rest on who wins an election or on the value of our stock portfolios, but in a loving God who “in everything...works for good.”
Of course, God doesn't just call us to hope. He gives us reasons to hope and signs of the good things to come.
I truly believe one of those reasons, one of those signs, is the Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage and Retreat Center.
While many other Catholic institutions have sold out to the culture of death, the Portiuncula, along with a few others, has fought steadfastly for a culture of life. It has faithfully stood alongside the Church, forming men and women capable of true leadership and committed to bringing Christ to the culture.
But the "Portiuncula Chapel" can't be built alone. To continue building, we need your help! And that is why I'm writing you today: To invite you to join me in helping our culture through these troubled times by helping build the Portiuncula Chapel.
United in the Roman Catholic tradition and obedient to the Magisterium of the Church and the Bishop of Steubenville, we are committed to our Lord and Savior in the Scriptures, the Eucharist, the Sacraments of the Church and in our Brothers and Sisters.
With God's grace and your help, I believe past Portiuncula retreatants and those soon to follow in their footsteps will lead our culture and our country out of these troubled times.
That is why I invite you to share the work of these Catholics and the Portiuncula Hermitage that is forming them.
First, allow them to pray for you.
Prayer is the lifeblood of the Portiuncula Hermitage, and the Franciscan family would be honored to include you in their prayers. Please e-mail your most pressing intentions to: email@example.com
Everyone at the Portiuncula will pray for your intentions before the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and at Mass.
In turn, please pray for the Portiuncula, that it might continue to form leaders who can be salt and light to our world.
Finally, I would be grateful if you supported the work of building the Portiuncula Chapel with a generous financial contribution.
Your support of the Portiuncula will make it possible for the sons and daughters of the Church to grow in faith during their retreats, and become the courageous Catholic leaders the world desperately needs.
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Chaplain Dies From Iraq War Injuries, Priest Embraced God's Will in Line of Fire
NEW HOPE, Minnesota, (Zenit.org).- Father Timothy Vakoc, an Army chaplain who was injured in Iraq in 2004, passed away Saturday at the age of 49.
The priest's personalized CaringBridge Web site reported that he was "surrounded by family and friends who prayed him into heaven" at St. Therese nursing home in New Hope
He was wounded on May 29, the 12th anniversary of his priestly ordination, when his humvee was struck by roadside bomb while returning from celebrating Mass for the soldiers in Mosul.
The chaplain was transported through Germany back to Washington D.C., having lost an eye and sustained a severe brain injury. He was later awarded a Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Award.
Father Vakoc once said to his sister, "The safest place for me to be is in the center of God's will, and if that is in the line of fire, that's where I'll be."
The priest traveled a long journey over the five years from the explosion to his death. He was initially categorized by doctors as being in a "vegetative state," but was later upgraded to a "minimally responsive state."
It took almost two and a half years from his return to the United States before he began to speak again.
Two weeks ago, in a Mass celebrating the 17th anniversary of his ordination, a journal entry on the retired chaplain's Web site reported that he was able to sing and follow along with the prayers.
It noted that he was participating in Bible studies at the nursing home, and giving blessings with a partially impaired right arm.
Archbishop Harry Flynn, who was archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis when the chaplain returned to the states, celebrated a Mass for the priest one year after his injury.
The prelate said of Father Vakoc: "The Eucharist has entered into his flesh in a significant way, and the suffering Jesus Christ is here before us. Today we pray that Eucharist, which is right here, Tim Vakoc in this wheelchair, will be a sign of Jesus Christ for us and that it will deepen our faith."
VATICAN CITY, 21 (VIS) - At 8.30 a.m. today the Holy Father departed by plane from Rome's Ciampino airport for the military base of Amendola near Foggia in southern Italy. Due to poor weather he was unable to make the trip by helicopter as had been planned. On arrival he was taken by car to San Giovanni Rotondo where he was welcome by the political, civil and ecclesiastical authorities.
He then travelled to the shrine of Our Lady of Grace where he was greeted by Fr. Mauro Johri, minister general of the Friars Minor Capuchins, and by other members of that order. After pausing in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament the Pope visited the cell of the convent where Padre Pio of Pietrelcina died, then descended to the crypt where he venerated the mortal remains of the saint.
At 10.30 a.m. Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in front of the church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.
Speaking of St. Pio in his homily, the Pope explained how he "'prolonged' the work of Christ: announcing the Gospel, remitting sins and healing the sick in body and spirit".
"The greatest 'storms' that threatened him were the attacks of the devil, from which he defended himself with 'the 'armour of God', with 'the shield of faith' and with 'the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God'. Remaining united to Jesus, his gaze was always fixed on the profundity of the drama of human life and for this he offered himself and his many sufferings, expending his efforts for the cure and relief of the sick, a privileged sign of God's mercy. ... Guiding souls and alleviating suffering: this is how we can summarise the mission of St. Pio of Pietrelcina".
After then highlighting how St. Pio's legacy to his spiritual children was sanctity, the Holy Father explained how the saint's "main concern, his priestly and paternal solicitude" was "that people should return to God, that they should experience His mercy and, renewed within, rediscover the beauty and joy of being Christian, of living in communion with Jesus, of belonging to His Church and practising the Gospel".
"In the first place came prayer. ... His days were a living Rosary, a continuous meditation upon, and assimilation of, the mysteries of Christ, in spiritual union with the Virgin Mary. This explains the unique simultaneous presence in him of supernatural gifts and of concrete human qualities. And the culmination of everything came in the celebration of Mass. ... From prayer, as from an endless font, arose charity. The love he carried in his heart and transmitted to others was full of tenderness, ever attentive to the real situations in which individuals and families lived. Towards the sick and suffering he nourished the predilection of the Heart of Christ, and it was from here that the idea for a great social project dedicated to the 'relief of suffering' was born and took shape. We cannot adequately interpret or understand this institution if we separate it from the source that inspired it: evangelical charity animated ... by prayer".
Yet "the risks of activism and secularisation are ever present", warned Benedict XVI. "Many of you, religious and lay people, are so absorbed by your many obligations in serving pilgrims or the sick in hospital, that you run the risk of neglecting what is truly important: listening to Christ and accomplishing the will of God. When you realise that you are close to running this risk look to Padre Pio, to his example, to his sufferings, and invoke his intercession that he may obtain from the Lord the light and strength you need to continue his mission, imbued with love for God and fraternal charity". ::MORE
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, (Zenit.org).- The U.S. bishops are expressing support for the prelate who found himself in the spotlight when the University of Notre Dame invited Barack Obama to speak at their commencement last month.
Bishop John D'Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, became the center of national attention in March when he voiced disagreement with the University of Notre Dame's decision to honor the president with an invitation to speak at commencement, and an honorary degree. Obama is a known advocate for abortion rights, which goes against core principles of the Catholic faith.
The bishop notified Father John Jenkins, the university's president, that he would not attend the ceremony. More than 80 bishops and 367,000 Catholics echoed his concerns, saying the university's president was compromising the school's Catholic identity.
"The bishops of the United States express our appreciation and support for our brother bishop, the Most Reverend John D'Arcy," the bishops wrote in a statement published today. "We affirm his pastoral concern for Notre Dame University, his solicitude for its Catholic identity, and his loving care for all those the Lord has given him to sanctify, to teach and to shepherd."
Father Jenkin's critics said he disregarded the 2004 guidelines from the U.S. bishops that state: "Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles" with "awards, honors, or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."
The U.S. bishops met for their spring meeting last week in San Antonio.
For the first time in his administration, according to the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll, more people strongly disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing than strongly approve, giving Obama a presidential approval index of -2, the lowest rating to date and the first time the index has fallen below zero.
According to Rasmussen's telephone surveys, 32 percent of the nation's voters now strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president, while 34 percent strongly disapprove.
The Gallup poll decline reflected a drop in President Obama's approval ratings among independents and Republicans, with the president's approval ratings among Democrats remaining over 90 percent, as shown in the following graph:
Black Activists Call Senate Slavery Apology "Useless"
Project 21 Members Say Lawmakers Should "Move On"
The U.S. Senate resolution apologizing for slavery and segregation will be used as a lobbying tool to acquire reparations payments, say members of the black leadership network Project 21. The group urges the Senate to "move on," saying the apology will do little to heal perceived racial gaps.
On June 18, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution apologizing for slavery and segregation in the United States. While the resolution was written with theintention that it could not be used to support claims for monetary reparations, reparations activists Randall Robinson told the Washington Post the legislationconstitutes a "confession" that will aid the process of acquiring reparations. Harvard professor Charles Ogletee said the resolution should not be a substitute for reparations, saying "That battle will be prolonged."
Project 21 members voicing skepticism about the politics behind the resolution and the need for it include:
Jerry Brooks (Auburn, WA): "I'll accept the Senate's apology, but let's move on already. This apology is something that might have been more appropriate long ago, and now it's likely going to be misused by those with a political axe to grind. In particular and despite its intention to the contrary, it is already being used to promote reparations. Not only is this an idea without merit, but an extremely foolish one to be clinging to while our nation is trying to recover from its current economic distress."
Brooks continued, "I also take offense to the ignorant partisan attacks involved inthis debate. In trying to infer Republicans are responsible for slavery is downright silly considering that the party came about as part of the movement to abolish slavery."
Jimmie L. Hollis (Millville, NJ): "As an American of African ancestry, I think this apology is ridiculous and useless. It is just another 'feel good' action. If we are to start apologizing for every injustice and wrong done in the past, we willspend the next few decades just apologizing. Let's move on."
Bob Parks (Athol, MA): "Why the need to do this now? Are we attempting to keep the First Lady proud of her country?"
Parks added, "The problem is that, when you apologize, it's important that the recipient knows the reason for the apology and who is giving it. It wasn't the entire Senate whose former party slogan was 'the White Man's Party' or fostered the Ku Klux Klan or resisted black civil rights efforts until it was realized just how the black voting bloc could be used for political advantage. But why the entire Senate is apologizing for evil past doings, once supported by the Democrat Party, is a mystery to me."
Project 21, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization supported by the National Center for Public Policy Research, has been a leading voice of the African-American community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi Project21@nationalcenter.org, or visit Project 21's website at www.project21.org/P21Index.html.
Wichita, Kan., (CNA).- Several pro-life groups in Wichita have received death threats after last month’s killing of abortionist George Tiller.
Operation Rescue says they have received various threats over the years, but that number has increased drastically since Tiller’s shooting.
Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, told The Wichita Eagle that some of the threats have mentioned the pro-life prayer vigil and memorial scheduled for this each day this weekend. Off-duty officers have been hired to help with security at the weekend’s events.
Of the messages received, some have threatened “vengeance” against the pro-life movement, while others specifically targeted Newman and his family.
Although leaders of the pro-life movement have spoken out against the shooting, some abortion supporters have accused the pro-life movement of encouraging the attack on Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country who provided late-term abortions.
Scott Roeder, 51, has been charged with first-degree murder in Tiller's death and was found to have ties to anti-government groups.
The Kansas Coalition for Life has also received a number of threats since the shooting, one of which was in the form of a text message saying, "One of you is going to die for what you did to Tiller."
Another group, Kansans for Life, told The Wichita Eagle that it has also received threats. Mary Wilkinson explained that she answered the phone, only to hear a loud, angry caller saying, “You’ve killed him. Now I hope somebody comes and kills you all.”
The call led the group’s state development director, David Gittrich, to report the threat to the police.
However, Wilkinson says she feels optimistic now.
"I think things are settling down now," she told The Wichita Eagle. "I just think the community needs some healing time."
CNA attempted to contact several Wichita-area pro-life groups but didn't receive responses.
As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama's "clean coal" policies. One reason: the disclosure of such records might impinge on privileged "presidential communications." The refusal, approved by White House counsel Greg Craig's office, is the latest in a series of cases in which Obama officials have opted against public disclosure. Since Obama pledged on his first day in office to usher in a "new era" of openness, "nothing has changed," says David -Sobel, a lawyer who litigates FOIA cases. "For a president who said he was going to bring unprecedented transparency to government, you would certainly expect more than the recycling of old Bush secrecy policies."
The hard line appears to be no accident. After Obama's much-publicized Jan. 21 "transparency" memo, administration lawyers crafted a key directive implementing the new policy that contained a major loophole, according to FOIA experts. The directive, signed by Attorney General Eric Holder, instructed federal agencies to adopt a "presumption" of disclosure for FOIA requests. This reversal of Bush policy was intended to restore a standard set by President Clinton's attorney general, Janet Reno. But in a little-noticed passage, the Holder memo also said the new standard applies "if practicable" for cases involving "pending litigation." Dan Metcalfe, the former longtime chief of FOIA policy at Justice, says the passage and other "lawyerly hedges" means the Holder memo is now "astonishingly weaker" than the Reno policy. (The visitor-log request falls in this category because of a pending Bush-era lawsuit for such records.)
Administration officials say the Holder memo was drafted by senior Justice lawyers in consultation with Craig's office. The separate standard for "pending" lawsuits was inserted because of the "burden" it would impose on officials to go "backward" and reprocess hundreds of old cases, says Melanie Ann Pustay, who now heads the FOIA office. White House spokesman Ben LaBolt says Obama "has backed up his promise" with actions including the broadcast of White House meetings on the Web. (Others cite the release of the so-called torture memos.) As for the visitor logs, LaBolt says the policy is now "under review."
President Obama’s choice as chief of protocol for the State Department, a position that carries the status of an ambassadorship, did not file tax returns for 2005 and 2006, errors she corrected last November.
The nominee, Capricia Penavic Marshall, has placed blame for the problem on the Postal Service and on miscommunication between her husband and their accountant.
Ms. Marshall, who was the social secretary in the Clinton White House, notified the Obama administration about the late filings before she was nominated on May 14. She has since provided written answers to questions about the matter from Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing on the appointment next Wednesday. The post requires Senate confirmation.
Tax issues have bedeviled several high-level Obama appointees and cost the administration at least two of its picks.
Ms. Marshall may fare better because, after ultimately filing the 2005 and 2006 federal and local paperwork, she was entitled to $37,259 in refunds, according to data she provided to Mr. Lugar.
The nominee and her husband, Dr. Robert Marshall, a Washington cardiologist, did not return calls seeking comment, nor did a White House spokesman.
Besides the president’s support, Ms. Marshall appears to enjoy the strong endorsement of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, having worked on their campaigns.
An aide to Mrs. Clinton, Philippe Reines, said, “In the end, only two American taxpayers were adversely impacted by this inadvertent lapse.”
In her written answers and in accounts she gave to government officials, Ms. Marshall has said the errors were unintentional. She has said that her husband failed to recognize that the couple’s accountant had included the tax returns for 2005 in a binder he provided with copies of the returns, and that the actual paperwork was never mailed.
The couple learned something was awry, Ms. Marshall has said, when the Internal Revenue Service notified them last fall that their 2006 return had never arrived. She wrote that an agent “advised us that there were a large number of tax returns misplaced by the D.C. post office for the 2006 tax year.”
That call led the couple to the discovery that the authorities had no record of their returns for 2005 and 2006. No late fees or penalties were assessed when they later submitted the returns.
The protocol chief customarily helps plan events for visiting leaders and helps oversee protocol matters for the president and vice president abroad.
Mark Landler contributed reporting, and Alain Delaquérière contributed research.
Manchester, United Kingdom, (CNA).- A Pagan group in Britain has accused a Catholic social club of religious discrimination for refusing to host a Pagan group’s Annual Witches’ Ball on the grounds it was ‘not compatible with the Catholic ethos.’
Sandra Davis, 61, a High Priestess of the Pagan group, initially had reserved Our Lady’s Social Club in Stockport, Manchester for her group’s Annual Witches Ball. When she called to make payment arrangements, she was told the event could not be held there and must find another venue. She told the Daily Telegraph she was “appalled” and said her congregation was “shocked” that there can be such “religious discrimination.”
"We're normal people who follow an earth-based religion and want to enjoy ourselves.
"We thought we were bridging the gap with other religions but misconceptions still exist, like we sacrifice animals.
"Does the church check everyone's beliefs before allowing them in the club?” she asked.
Fr. John Joyce from the Diocese of Shrewsbury explained to the Daily Telegraph why the event could not proceed at the Catholic club.
"Parish centers under our auspices let their premises on the understanding users and their organizations are compatible with the ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church," he said.
"In this instance, we aren't satisfied such requirements are met."
The Christian Institute worries that Britain’s Equality Act of 2006 could provide a basis for possible legal action. The act forbids refusals to provide goods and services on the basis of religious belief. However, its relevance depends upon whether the Catholic social club is defined as a religious organization or as a commercial one.
Front Royal, Va., (CNA).- Pro-life leader Fr. Thomas J. Euteneur has criticized a United Nations council’s proposal for early childhood “comprehensive sexuality education” as an imposition of “hedonistic values” and a violation of the rights of parents.
Earlier in June, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) issued a resolution at a Jamaica meeting calling for “comprehensive sexuality education starting in early childhood." The resolution said that scientific evidence shows that “comprehensive sexuality education” does not accelerate “sexual debut” and does not increase the frequency of sexual relations.
Commenting in a press release, Human Life International president Fr. Euteneur said the claim was “absolute nonsense,” since “almost every study on the topic” shows the exact opposite.
“Condom promotion has not stopped HIV in the developing world. And propagandizing young children about a value-neutral approach to sex, and telling them that they'll be safe if they use condoms is exactly how you get them to start practicing sex before marriage.”
“This outrage is perpetrated by pagans forcing their hedonistic values on the families of the only Catholic continent in the world. It is a violation of sovereignty of nations and of the rights of parents to teach their kids on these delicate matters,” he said.
Fr. Euteneur, noting that a 1995 Vatican document called The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality has condemned this type of sex education, said children’s innocence is “too precious of a gift to throw away in deference to government and its coercive modern amorality.”
“Parents, teachers, and all people of good will, let's tell them to get their grubby hands off our kids!" he exhorted.
Explains St. John Vianney's "Virtuous Circle" Secret
VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is urging priests to not become resigned to empty confessionals, but to help people rediscover the beauty of the sacrament by deepening their understanding of the Eucharist.
The Pope stated this in a letter to the priests of the world, on the occasion of the Year for Priests, which begins Friday in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Mary Vianney, the Curé d'Ars.
The saint "taught his parishioners primarily by the witness of his life," the Pontiff affirmed. "It was from his example that they learned to pray, halting frequently before the tabernacle for a visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament."
He taught them about the Eucharist, but it was "most effective when they saw him celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass," the Holy Father said.
He added that the saint "was convinced that the fervor of a priest's life depended entirely upon the Mass" and "was accustomed, when celebrating, also to offer his own life in sacrifice."
This identification with the sacrifice of the Cross led him from the altar to the confessional, Benedict XVI affirmed.
He continued: "Priests ought never to be resigned to empty confessionals or the apparent indifference of the faithful to this sacrament. In France, at the time of the Cure of Ars, confession was no more easy or frequent than in our own day, since the upheaval caused by the revolution had long inhibited the practice of religion.
"Yet he sought in every way, by his preaching and his powers of persuasion, to help his parishioners to rediscover the meaning and beauty of the Sacrament of Penance, presenting it as an inherent demand of the Eucharistic presence.
"He thus created a 'virtuous' circle."
Hospital for souls
The Pope explained that St. John Mary spent long hours in church before the tabernacle, inspiring the faithful "to imitate him by coming to visit Jesus with the knowledge that their parish priest would be there, ready to listen and offer forgiveness."
Over time, he said, penitents started coming from all over the country, and the priest would be in the confessional for up to 16 hours a day.
Thus, the Pontiff said, his parish became known as "a great hospital of souls."
He quoted the saint who said: "It is not the sinner who returns to God to beg his forgiveness, but God himself who runs after the sinner and makes him return to him."
The Holy Father urged priests to learn from St. John Mary Vianney to "put our unfailing trust in the Sacrament of Penance, to set it once more at the center of our pastoral concerns, and to take up the 'dialogue of salvation,' which it entails."
He noted that "those who came to his confessional drawn by a deep and humble longing for God's forgiveness found in him the encouragement to plunge into the 'flood of divine mercy' which sweeps everything away by its vehemence."
"He awakened repentance in the hearts of the lukewarm by forcing them to see God's own pain at their sins reflected in the face of the priest who was their confessor," Benedict XVI stated.
He continued, "To those who, on the other hand, came to him already desirous of and suited to a deeper spiritual life, he flung open the abyss of God's love, explaining the untold beauty of living in union with him and dwelling in his presence."
The Pope affirmed: "In his time the Cure of Ars was able to transform the hearts and the lives of so many people because he enabled them to experience the Lord's merciful love.
"Our own time urgently needs a similar proclamation and witness to the truth of love."
He affirmed that the saint "sought to remain completely faithful to his own vocation and mission," lamenting that "a pastor can grow dangerously inured to the state of sin or of indifference in which so many of his flock are living."
The Pontiff noted the priest's sacrifices on behalf of the souls who came to him in confession, quoting his words to another confrere: "I will tell you my recipe: I give sinners a small penance and the rest I do in their place."
"Souls have been won at the price of Jesus' own blood," the Holy Father stated, "and a priest cannot devote himself to their salvation if he refuses to share personally in the 'precious cost' of redemption."
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