Saturday, November 01, 2008

News Updates, 11/2

Bishop Tobin: Okay, Here’s How You Should Vote
I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I could never vote for a candidate – of any party for any office – who supports laws that promote or allow the death of thousands of children in the hideous crime of abortion. I just don’t want that on my conscience.

Pro-Obama Catholics [heretics] plan ‘stop the vote’ at parishes
Priests for Life is warning that James Salt and Chris Korzen from the pro-Obama organization Catholics United sent a blast email on Thursday offering instructions on how to prevent pro-life Catholics from distributing electoral guides near Catholic parishes around the country....

Obama Closing Catholic Hospitals?
On Oct. 7, 2007, Sen. Barack Obama spoke to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and promised, "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing I'll do."...The net result, as one writer noted, is "President Obama and his congressional supermajority would force every Christian hospital, doctor or nurse to abandon their faith or go out of business." Under FOCA, believing Christians could be banned from the hospital industry (and apostolate) by federal law.

EDITORIAL: Obama is a 'liar' on abortion
If you want to know Barack Obama's real views on abortion, you should meet registered nurse Jill Stanek.
[People want to know if there is anything Obama hasn’t lied about? - except his "spread the wealth, trickle up poverty socialism.]

Issues & Politics

Breaking: FBI Investigating Obama Chair Wexler For Fraud (Gateway Pundit)
Far Left Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) and Barack Obama Florida campaign chairman has allegedly filed 25 amended FEC reports in the days immediately following Bill O'Reilly busting him in front of his Maryland home on camera....

*** Sarah Obama (Obama's Paternal grandmother) Audio Tape Released ***


Obama To Farmers: Stop Growing Food (Commentary Mag)
Obama told Time: “As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector … and are partly responsible for the explosion in our health care costs because they’re contributing to Type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in health care costs.”

A prelude to Obama? - Osawatomie: the Weather Underground newspaper
Zomblog has obtained an extremely rare copy of the first issue of Osawatomie, a newspaper published by the Weather Underground in 1975. Noteworthy passages are reproduced below, along with exact transcriptions. The full pages, with each passage in context in high resolution, are found at the bottom of this post.

Much of Osawatomie, which was written at a time when the Dohrn-Ayers wing of the Weather Underground was transitioning from terrorism to “working from the inside” for revolution, concerns itself with the need to encourage “organizers” who will work in “communities” and use “audacity” to bring about “socialism” in America....

Candidate of the Left
"...Because all that anyone knows for certain about Barack Obama - the only thing anyone knows for certain - is that he is not what he seems. What we do know, because we have the performances on tape is that he is the most seamless liar since Bill himself - smoother by far. Who is the real Barack Obama? Who can tell? We don't really know anything about this man's intentions, and what we do know about his deeds is bad..."

*** Understanding Obama: The Making of a Fuehrer By Ali Sina
(Obama exhibits a psychopathic narcissism)

[A MUST READ!!! In my opinion, having known & lived with someone with NPD, this article nails it: master manipulator, only concerned with self, a serial liar, thinks he's above the law, must be center of attention...Now I understand why I have such a powereful dislike of this man...
Some excerpts:]

In Vaknin’s words, “Pathological narcissism is a reaction to prolonged abuse and trauma in early childhood or early adolescence. The source of the abuse or trauma is immaterial: the perpetrators could be dysfunctional or absent parents, teachers, other adults, or peers.”

The pathological narcissist has a very weak sense of self. He compensates his devalued and injured self with pomposity and by projecting a false image of majesty and authority. He retreats into a bubble universe of fantasy, in which he is loved, respected and omnipotent. All children create such a world. Narcissists simply don’t leave it. They carry this world of pretence into their adulthood. With the passage of time, this world becomes to them as real as the real world, to the point that they can’t tell the difference.

When Obama acts presidential, he is simply acting out his childhood fantasy of omnipotence and grandeur. Emotionally, he is still a little hurt boy, neglected and unloved in the body and mind of a grown up man. Such people can be dangerous. Narcissists have the emotional maturity of a child, or even an animal, but the intellect of a man. They feel like a beast, but think like a human....

Narcissists are pathological liars. They lie even to themselves. Ironically, they are the first to believe their own lies. When normal people lie, they show signs of distress. Narcissists don’t. They can pass any polygraph test with flying colors. It is this conviction that fools people around them making them believe in their truthfulness and sincerity....

This election is like no other in the history of America. The issues are insignificant compared to what is at stake. What can be more dangerous than having a man bereft of conscience, a serial liar, and one who cannot distinguish his fantasies from reality as the leader of the free world?

I hate to sound alarmist, but one must be a fool if one is not alarmed. Many politicians are narcissists. They pose no threat to others. They are simply self serving and selfish. Obama evinces symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton, for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined. This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw. Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent. It is this disguise that makes them trecherous....

America is on the verge of destruction. There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological narcissist as predident.

Vice presidential Candidate filing lawsuit against Obama
Vice presidential Candidate Wiley S. Drake Sr. to file in court asking to
de-certify Barack Obama because he has refused to release proof of being a Natural Born Citizen, thereby disqualifying Obama in his bid for the Office of President.

Obama: 'I Will Change The World'

Video Proof Barack Obama was born in Kenya? [YouTube]

Obama & Biden redefinition of middle class.. Obama said $97,000 is wealthy in 2007 (YouTube)
[It really doesn’t matter what he says. Should we be punished with this traitorous communist as president, “rich” will be whatever he decides in order to raise money for reparations, global poverty, or whatever other marxist schemes he has planned. After a couple of years of this marxist thug, there will be no middle class.]

Murdoch says Obama win could worsen financial crisis: report

A Brighter (& 'Right'er) Future (Newt Gingrich)
The Ninth Circuit Court ruled that saying "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. Imagine this anti-religious extremism spreading through the rest of the court system in a wave of Obama appointments....The recent stories about Obama's friendship with apologists for terrorism are a reminder that we really do not know how radical an Obama administration would be.

A reminder:
Malcolm-X lawyer claims Black radical, Kalid Al-Mansour, helped finance Obama to Harvard: Video

We Must Defeat Barack Obama (TownHall)

Obama-Farrakhan Ties Are Close, Ex-Farrakhan Aide Says (Newsmax)
A former top deputy to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan tells Newsmax that Barack Obama’s ties to the black nationalist movement in Chicago run deep, and that for many years the two men have had “an open line between them” to discuss policy and strategy, either directly or through intermediaries.

In the battleground state of Florida, one McCain official wonders if the man leading in the polls is actually Indonesian.
[Who knows? The coward is afraid to produce proof.]

Obama’s Contempt for the US Constitution

This may be a Jewish thing but... [Mark Steyn]
So e-mails a Democrat for McCain, who notes that the Obots recommend memorializing your service to the cause by getting numbers tattooed on your forearm....Ignorance is O-bliss.
[What numbers? 666?]

For Whom Will Obama's Illegal Alien Aunti Vote?
Undecided? Ignoring the rule of law in order to enrich one's selfish self is apparently a genetic defect in the Obama family DNA. At least that appears to be the case given Obama's renegade disregard for the law when it comes to illegal aliens, voter fraud, domestic terrorism, and even his own eligibility to be U.S. president.

Palestra Finds CA DNC Delegate & Obama Campaign Employee Registering in New Mexico to Vote [Video]
It looks like out-of-state volunteers and staffers are registering and casting ballots in the battleground state of New Mexico, too.

Debate Over: It is clear jobcreating Business leaders chose McCain over Obama
[We don’t need no steeenking jobs! the "messiah" will cut us a check!]

Socialism in disguise-Obama's Third-World radicalism. (De Silva)
As a naturalized American who grew up in the Third World and experienced firsthand the economic misery and impenetrable corruption under socialism, I know socialism when I see it - and I see socialism in Mr. Obama's plans. He has skillfully disguised his socialist agenda by an oratorical cloak of populism.

From April 2008:
Obama Promises to Dismantle Our Armed Forces (Human Events)

2004: Obama says he’s not ready to be President

2007: Bill Clinton Says Obama Isn’t Ready

2008: Even Barack Obama’s foreign policy advisor, Susan Rice, admits that Barack is “not ready”.

2008: Biden Admits: If Obama Is Elected A World Crisis is “Guaranteed”

Madeline Albright Agrees with Biden: Terrorists Will Test Obama

Joe Biden: “I stand by my statement that Barack Obama is not ready to be President. I think the country would be better off with John McCain”


B. Hussein Obama - For a man without a past, he sure wants to have a big say in our future.

Gospel for Nov 2, Commemoration: All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

From: John 6:37-40

The Discourse on the Bread of Life (Continuation)

[37] All that the Father gives Me will come to Me; and him who comes to Me I will not cast out. [38] For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me; [39] and this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given Me, but raise it up on the last day. [40] For this is the will of My Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."


37-40. Jesus clearly reveals that He is the one sent by the Father. This is something St. John the Baptist proclaimed earlier on (Jn 3:33-36), and Jesus Himself stated it in His dialogue with Nicodemus (Jn 3:17-21) and announced publicly to the Jews in Jerusalem (Jn 5:20-30). Since Jesus is the one sent by the Father, the bread of life come down from Heaven to give life to the world, everyone who believes in Him has eternal life, for it is God's will that everyone should be saved through Jesus Christ. These words of Jesus contain three mysteries: 1) that of faith in Jesus Christ, which means "going to Jesus", accepting His miracles (signs) and His words; 2) the mystery of the resurrection of believers, something which begins in this life through faith and becomes fully true in Heaven; 3) the mystery of predestination, the will of our Father in Heaven that all men be saved. These solemn words of our Lord fill the believer with hope.

St. Augustine, commenting on vv. 37 and 38, praises the humility of Jesus, the perfect model for the humility of the Christian: Jesus chose not to do His own will but that of the Father who sent Him: "Humbly am I come, to teach humility am I come, as the master of humility am I come; he who comes to Me is incorporated in Me; he who comes to Me, becomes humble; he who cleaves to Me will be humble, for he does not his will but God's" ("In Ioann. Evang.", 25, 15 and 16).
Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Reprinted with permission from Four Courts Press and Scepter Publishers, the U.S. publisher.

2nd Reading, Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

From: Romans 6:3-9

Baptism (Continuation)

[3] Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? [4] We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

[5] For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. [6] We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. [7] For He who has died is freed from sin. [8] But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. [9] For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

1-11. The universal dominion of sin, which began with the sin of Adam, is not the only event to be reckoned with. When sin reached its full extent, the grace brought by Jesus Christ came in superabundance. Through Baptism this grace reaches each of us and frees us from the control of sin. When we receive this Sacrament we die: that is to say, our blameworthiness is destroyed, we renounce sin once and for all, and are born again into a new life.

"The Lord", St. Ambrose tells the newly baptized, "who wanted His benefactions to endure, the serpent's plans to be turned to naught, and the harm done to be put right, delivered a sentence to mankind: 'You are dust, and to dust you shall return' (Genesis 3:19), and made man subject to death [...]. The remedy was given him: man would die and rise again [...]. You ask me how? [...] Pay attention. So that in this world too the devil's snare would be broken, a rite was instituted whereby man would die, being alive, and rise again, being alive [...]. Through immersion in water the sentence is blotted out: 'You are dust, and to dust you shall return'" ("De Sacramentis", II, 6).

This passage of the epistle, which reveals the key truths concerning Baptism, also reminds us of the profound meaning of this rite which Christ established, its spiritual effects in Christians and its far-reaching effects with respect to the Christian life. Thus, we can apply to Baptism what St. Thomas Aquinas says about all the sacraments: "Three aspects of sanctification may be considered--its very cause, which is Christ's Passion; its form, which is grace and the virtues; and its ultimate end, which is eternal life. And all these are signified by the sacraments. Consequently, a sacrament is a sign which is both a reminder of the past, that is, of the Passion of Christ, and an indication of what is effected in us by Christ's Passion, and a foretelling and pledge of future glory" ("Summa Theologiae", III, q. 60, a. 3).

In the specific case of Baptism, the various things which the Sacrament implies carry a special nuance--a new birth which presupposes a symbolic death. It reproduces in us not only the Passion, Death and burial of Christ, symbolized by immersion in water (verses 3-4, 6), but also new life, the life of grace which pours into the soul, enabling the person to share in the Resurrection of Christ (verses 4-5). This sharing in Christ's Resurrection to immortal life is a kind of seed which will ultimately produce the glorious resurrection of our bodies.

The baptized person is, therefore, someone newly created, someone born into a new life, someone who has moved out of darkness into light. The white garment used at Baptism symbolizes innocence and grace; the burning candle, the light of Christ--two symbols the Church uses in the baptismal liturgy to signify what is happening.

Thus, in Baptism, God "removes every trace of sin, whether original or personal" ("The Rite of Baptism", Introduction, 5) and also remits the penalties that these sins incur. On being baptized in the name of the Three Divine Persons, the Christian is shown God the Father's love for him (a love he has not merited), is given a share in the Paschal Mystery of the Son, and to him is communicated new life in the Spirit (cf. "Instruction on Infant Baptism", 20 October 1980, 9). Baptism, which is also described as "the door of the spiritual life", unites a person to Christ and to the Church by means of grace, which makes us children of God and heirs to Heaven. Finally, in addition to the infused virtues and supernatural gifts, the person is given "the graces necessary to live in a Christian way, and on his soul is impressed the sacramental character which makes him a Christian for evermore" ("St. Pius X Catechism", 250).

Baptism, which confers a "character", that is, a kind of seal confirming our Christian calling, gives us a share in Christ's priesthood and makes us capable of receiving the other sacraments.

4. It is easier to grasp the symbolism of burial and resurrection if one remembers that in earlier times, and particularly in the apostolic period, Baptism was usually administered by immersion in water--in some cases by total immersion, up to three times, with one Person of the Blessed Trinity being invoked each time. "They asked you, 'Do you believe in God the Father almighty?' You said, 'I believe', and you were immersed, that is, you were buried. Again they asked you, 'Do you believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and in His Cross?' You said, 'I believe', and you were again immersed. This time you have been buried with Christ, and he who is buried with Christ rises with Christ. For a third time you were asked, 'Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?' You said, 'I believe', and for a third time you were immersed, so that by this three-fold confession you might be loosed of your many attachments to your past life" (St. Ambrose, "De Sacramentis", II, 7).

Today Baptism is normally administered by pouring water over the head--a method also used in apostolic times and which gradually came into general use because it was found more convenient.

5. Just as the ingraft and the plant form a single thing and make a single principle of life, Christians by being grafted onto or incorporated into Christ through Baptism form one single thing with Him and begin to draw on His divine life. We are also "united with Him in a death like His": Christ suffered physical death; we, in Baptism, die spiritually to the life of sin. St. John Chrysostom explains this as follows: "Baptism is for us what the Cross and burial were for Christ; but with this diffe- rence: the Savior died physically, He was physically buried, whereas we ought to die spiritually. That is why the Apostle does not say we are 'united with Him with His death', but 'in a death like his'" ("Hom. on Rom.", 10).

9-10. Jesus Christ chose to bear all the consequences of sin, even though He was sinless. His voluntary death on the Cross and His glorious Resurrection broke the bonds of death, for Himself and for all His own. Death no longer shall have dominion: "[Christ died] that through death He might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage" (Hebrews 2:14-15). And as a consequence He won, for His own human nature and for us, a new life.

In all those who have been baptized these same events in Christ's life are in some way reproduced. "Our past sins have been wiped out by the action of grace. Now, so as to stay dead to sin after Baptism, personal effort is called for, although God's grace continues to be with us, providing us with great help" (Chrysostom, "Hom. on Rom.", 11). This personal effort might be encapsulated in a resolution: "May we never die through sin; may our spiritual resurrection be eternal" (St. J. Escriva, "Holy Rosary", 1st Glorious Mystery).
Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Reprinted with permission from Four Courts Press and Scepter Publishers, the U.S. publisher.

1sr Reading, Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

From: Wisdom 3:1-9

The death of the righteous

[1] But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
[2] In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be an affliction.
[3] and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
[4] For though in the sight of men they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
[5] Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
[6] like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
[7] In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
[8] They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.
[9] Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his elect,
and he watches over his holy ones.


3:1-4:20. This passage describes at some length the contrasting situations of the righteous and the ungodly in this life, in death, and beyond the grave. The author has consoling things to say to the righteous as regards afflictions; they have every reason to hope. But evildoers he describes as foolish; theirs is a fundamental error which will cause them grief now; any suffering they experience will do them no good; their death is grievous and so is what lies beyond it: “Two possibilities are laid open to us at the same time: life and death – and each person will come to the end that befits him. Life and death are like type types of coin, one belongs to God and the other to this world, each with its own hallmark: unbelievers deal in the currency of this world, and those who have remained faithful through love carry the coin of God the Father, which is marked with Jesus Christ. If we are not ready to die for him or to imitate his passion, we will not have his life within us” (St Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Magnesios, 5, 2).

3:1-9. These very poetic lines convey very well the notion of the reward that awaits the just in the after-life, but they are not very specific about it. The author uses expressions that correspond to the time in history and Revelation in which he lives, but they do enable us to get an idea of the state of the blessed: “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and no torment will ever touch them” (v. 1); the righteous dead are “at peace” (v. 3), that is, in the sphere proper to God; they can be sure of immortality, athanasia (v. 4). They will abide in the Kingdom of God forever and share in God’s power to judge and rule (v. 8; cf. Mt 19:28) – a pointer to their power of intercession. One could say that the most encouraging line of all is, “the faithful will abide with him in love” (v. 9). Still to come is the explicit New Testament revelation which tells us that the blessed “shall see God as he is” (1 Jn 3:2), not as in a (dull) mirror but “face to face”; they will know him as he knows them (cf. 1 Cor 13:12) and they will be with Christ for- ever in heaven (cf. 1 Thess 4:17).
Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Reprinted with permission from Four Courts Press and Scepter Publishers, the U.S. publisher.

Just for Today, November 2

Lord, I offer to Thee all my sins and offences, which I have committed in Thy sight and that of Thy holy angels, from the day that I was first capable of sin until this hour, upon Thy propitious altar, that Thou mayest burn and consume them all with the fire of Thy charity, and mayest remove all the stains of my sins, and cleanse my conscience from all offences, and restore to me Thy grace, which I have lost by sin, by fully pardoning me all, and mercifully receiving me to the kiss of peace.
-Bk. IV, ch. ix.

You, who gave me leave to offer myself up to God, know what a flood of grace has poured into my soul from the time of my oblation. Since June 9, 1895, Love has surrounded me on all sides; at every moment of the day the merciful Love of God renews me, purifies me, and leaves no trace of sin on my soul.

I cannot bring myself to fear Purgatory; I know that I am not worthy to enter that place of expiation with the Holy Souls, but I also know that the fire of love is more sanctifying than that of Purgatory, that Our Lord does not want us to suffer needlessly, and that He would never inspire me with desires that He does not intend to fulfil.
-The Story of a Soul (L'Histoire d'une Âme).
For more information, see this post.
Adapted from Just For Today(©1943 Burns & Oates)
Nihil Obstat: Reginaldus Phillips, S.T.L.,Censor deputatus
Imprimatur: Edwardus Myers, Vic. Cap.

Thoughts of St Augustine for November 2

THERE is no sort of doubt that the dead are helped by the prayers of Holy Church and the sacrifice of Salvation, and by alms, that God may deal more mercifully with them than their sins have deserved.
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From Thoughts of St Augustine for Every Day
by Kathleen Mary Balfe (© 1926)
Nihil Obstat: Georgius D. Smith, S.T.D
Imprimatur: Edm. Can. Surmont

Thoughts from St Alphonsus for Every Day-November 2

MANIFOLD are the pains which the souls in Purgatory suffer; but the greatest arises from the reflection that by their sins they them­selves have been the cause of the torments they endure.
From Thoughts from St Alphonsus for Every Day
Compiled by Rev. C. McNeiry, C.SS.R.
Imprimatur: Joseph Hull, C.SS.R., Prov. Angl. Sup.
Nihil Obstat: Innocentlus Apap, O.P., S.T.M., Censor Deptutatus.
Imprimatur: Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius Generalis.
Westmonasterii, Die 9a Junii, 1927.
First published 1927

Know Whose Website This Is?

And promises to expand the tax base and share the resources and investment of all...a "SPREAD THE WEALTH" platform!

B Hussein Obama, maybe? Give up? Click here...

Strangely similar? There are reasons for it and I'm certain it's not a coincidence...To understand this more, read this, this, or this YouTube video. There is plenty more to see - for the time being, at least...

A 3 year old Sarah Palin


Post Turtle, Frontier Wisdom....

Via email:
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, (his hand was injured in a gate while working cattle), the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our president.

The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Obama is a 'Post Turtle.'"

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.

The old rancher said, "When your driving down a country road you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'."

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain.

"You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, and he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just wonder what kind of dummy put him up there to begin with."

News Update, 10/31-11/01

Why Jefferson Davis Opposed Roe v. Wade by H. W. Crocker III
Okay, he didn't, really, because he never had the chance -- but it's as certain as magnolia blooms in the spring that if Jefferson Davis were to rise again and take his place as the extremely senior senator from Mississippi, he would make the Senate ring with his denunciations of Roe v. Wade. In fact, he might even threaten secession over it.

Hispanic Actor Eduardo Verastegui Has Last-minute Reminder for Latino Voters - Obama is Pro-Abortion

Priests Say it in Plain English: "Catholics Cannot Vote for Obama"
The priests of have delivered what may be the most blunt directive yet to Catholic voters in the upcoming presidential election

40 Days for Life Pro-Life Campaign Nears End, 441 Babies Saved From Abortion

WomenPriests to ‘ordain’ 4 to priesthood, diaconate
One woman will be ‘ordained’ to the priesthood and three to the diaconate during a WomanPriests ceremony at a Chicago-area United Church of Christ...
[Delusional...they have chosen to follow the father of lies.]

New Video Ad: Barack Obama Wants to Reverse Ban on Partial-Birth Abortions
Washington, DC ( -- Barack Obama is so out of step with mainstream America that he favors overturning a ban on partial-birth abortions that polls show more than 70 percent of Americans support.

Vote 2008: The Shepherds Speak Bishops Weigh in on Election
WASHINGTON — The 2008 presidential campaigns will end Nov. 4 when the nation votes. But they will have seen an unprecedented activity by one very small group of American leaders: Catholic bishops. Most have shared the attitude of Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu — that “one issue alone far outweighs all others: the right to life.”

Stephen Hawking to address Vatican conference on evolution
Stephen Hawking, the cosmologist and author of the bestselling A Brief History of Time, takes part in a conference at the Vatican on Darwin, evolution and intelligent design.

A Philosopher Reissues the Pope's Wager: To Live as if God Exists (Chiesa)

A fascinating piece on the history of Halloween by Brian Saint-Paul of Inside Catholic ( The article appeared in Envoy magazine: "Smashing Pumpkins"

Download the Envoy Institute Catholic Election Special Catholic Voting & the “Seamless Garment” Theory, and don't forget to spread it around and share it!

Issues and Politics

Obama tax cut only for those who make 120k or less!
For the second time in a week, a prominent Democrat has downgraded Barack Obama's definition of the middle class...

Hawaiian officials admit withholding Obama's original Birth Certificate
Now it's pretty apparent why Barack Obama made his sudden, last minute visit to Honolulu. It wasn't Granny's health problems that interested him but Hawaii's Health Department. The strategy may have backfired. A statement by Hawaiian officials Friday that they have seen but won't release an "original" birth certificate that has never been released raises more questions than it answers. It undercuts the indignant claims of Obama spokesmen... [translated: "Obama et al LIED"]

Al-Qaida sites show support for Obama
Monitor says terrorists wants Democrat to pull troops so they can 'claim victory'

Obama’s Henchmen and the Rise of Commu-fascism
The secret to selling bad ideas is to make sure they are the only ones available. This is how totalitarian regimes take power. Whether it was Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany or Vladimir Lenin in Communist Russia, the pattern is largely the same...

(Times of London) Review: A no-holds-barred weepathon
At times during this half hour of mawkish misery you longed for the wit and wisdom of a debate featuring Sarah Palin.
America’s supplies of tissues must have been exhausted during Barack Obama’s 30-minute election broadcast late on Wednesday night....In reality, it was an all-out, no-holds-barred weepathon with a feel-bad factor pitched somewhere between the third act of Schindler’s List and the slaughter scenes in Watership Down.
Obama's Friend, William Ayers Communist Manifesto "Prairie Fire" is Dedicated to RFK's Assassin

5,000 Obama lawyers head to Florida. And so it begins...

Boy Sent Home From School For Dressing As Jesus
Eighth Grader Told His Halloween Costume Was Offensive, Distracting

Obama: 'It's gonna get nasty' in final days before election
[If he doesn't "throw 'em under the bus", he'll throw 'em off the plane]

Obama's Promises to Destroy America's Defense and Military (YouTube)
Titled: Obama's Youtube Arrogance Just Became A Nightmare

Election Issues Spark Vitriolic Response [Catholic League]
The Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion, and its endorsement of the pro-marriage resolution in California, Proposition 8, has triggered an avalanche of criticism, much of it vitriolic....

Senator Obama's Citizenship Lawsuits

Richardson Lowers Obama's Definition of "Rich" to 120K a Year

If Obama Isn't a Socialist, He Does the Best Imitation of One He's Ever Seen! (Pat Buchanan)

Obama's Database Dissembling
What a surprise: Federal employees favor Obama, according to the always-interesting "Federal Diary" in the Washington Post. Is there a better reason to vote against the guy?

Boehner Bashes Justice Dept. For Not Doing Enough On Voter Fraud

This Is What a Vote for Obama Gets You (From an Illinois citizen)

Halloween Warning: Candy Made in China May be Contaminated with Toxic Melamine

Brokaw And Rose: Who Is Obama?
[Two MSM Journalists Talk About Obama-The Empty Suit]

Congressional criminal Alcee Hastings strikes again
Florida Democratic Congressman Accused of Making Death Threat to Opponent

Good News! Chris Dodd Under Investigation for Sweetheart Mortgage Deal

RNC Launches New Web Video: “3 Stooges” (YouTube) Obama, Pelosi & Reid - Hilarious!

Boehner: Obama "present" votes 'chicken *$!*%'
"In Congress, we have a red button, a green button and a yellow button, alright. Green means 'yes,' red means 'no,' and yellow means you're a chicken s***.
[Something we already knew, but I'm glad to hear it from some in Congress]

Here's another YouTube: Obama Pressed "oops" six times [only?]

NEW VIDEO: Top Obama advisor pushes massive reparations for past slavery

Biden: Come Tuesday, Obama's Critics Will Be Calling Him Commander-In-Chief
[He probably meant to say, "Usurper in Chief']

State employee says she was ordered to check out "Joe the Plumber"

Obama's aunt from Kenya living in US illegally
Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.
[She also donated $260 to Obama's campaign.]

Friday, October 31, 2008

Gospel for November 1, Solemnity, All Saints

Old Calendar: Feast of All Saints

From: Matthew 5:1-12a

The Beatitudes

[1] Seeing the crowds, He (Jesus) went up on the mountain, and when He sat down His disciples came to Him. [2] And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: [3] "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. [4] Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. [5] Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. [6] Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. [7] Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. [8] Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. [9] Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. [10] Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. [11] Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account. [12] Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in Heaven."


1. The Discourse, or Sermon, on the Mount takes up three full chapters of St. Matthew's Gospel--Chapters 5-7. It is the first of the five great discourses of Jesus which appear in this Gospel and it contains a considerable amount of our Lord's teaching.

It is difficult to reduce this discourse to one single theme, but the various teachings it contains could be said to deal with these five points: 1) the attitude a person must have for entering the Kingdom of Heaven (the Beatitudes, the salt of the earth, the light of the world, Jesus and His teaching, the fullness of the Law); 2) uprightness of intention in religious practice (here the "Our Father" would be included); 3) trust in God's fatherly providence; 4) how God's children should behave towards one another (not judging one's neighbor, respect for holy things, the effectiveness of prayer, and the golden rule of charity); 5) the conditions for entering the Kingdom (the narrow gate, false prophets and building on rock).

"He taught them": this refers both to the disciples and to the multitude, as can be seen at the end of the Sermon (Matthew 7:28).

2. The Beatitudes (5:3-12) form, as it were, the gateway to the Sermon on the Mount. In order to understand the Beatitudes properly, we should bear in mind that they do not promise salvation only to the particular kinds of people listed here: they cover everyone whose religious dispositions and moral conduct meet the demands which Jesus lays down. In other words, the poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who suffer persecution in their search for holiness--these are not different people or kinds of people but different demands made on everyone who wants to be a disciple of Christ.

Similarly, salvation is not being promised to different groups in society but to everyone, no matter what his or her position in life, who strives to follow the spirit and to meet the demands contained in the Beatitudes.

All the Beatitudes have an eschatological meaning, that is, they promise us definitive salvation not in this world, but in the next. But the spirit of the Beatitudes does give us, in this life, peace in the midst of tribulation. The Beatitudes imply a completely new approach, quite at odds with the usual way man evaluates things: they rule out any kind of pharisaical religiosity, which regards earthly happiness as a blessing from God and a reward for good behavior, and unhappiness and misfortune as a form of punishment. In all ages the Beatitudes put spiritual goods on a much higher plane than material possessions. The healthy and the sick, the powerful and the weak, the rich and the poor--all are called, independently of their circumstances, to the deep happiness that is experienced by those who live up to the Beatitudes which Jesus teaches.

The Beatitudes do not, of course, contain the entire teaching of the Gospel, but they do contain, in embryo, the whole program of Christian perfection.

3. This text outlines the connection between poverty and the soul. This religious concept of poverty was deeply rooted in the Old Testament (cf., e.g., Zephaniah 2:3ff). It was more to do with a religious attitude of neediness and of humility towards God than with material poverty: that person is poor who has recourse to God without relying on his own merits and who trusts in God's mercy to be saved. This religious attitude of poverty is closely related to what is called "spiritual childhood". A Christian sees himself as a little child in the presence of God, a child who owns nothing: everything he has comes from God and belongs to God. Certainly, spiritual poverty, that is, Christian poverty, means one must be detached from material things and practice austerity in using them. God asks certain people--religious--to be legally detached from ownership and thereby bear witness to others of the transitoriness of earthly things.

4. "Those who mourn": here our Lord is saying that those are blessed who suffer from any kind of affliction--particularly those who are genuinely sorry for they sins, or are pained by the offenses which others offer God, and who bear their suffering with love and in a spirit of atonement.

"You are crying? Don't be ashamed of it. Yes, cry: men also cry like you, when they are alone and before God. Each night, says King David, I soak my bed with tears. With those tears, those burning manly tears, you can purify your past and supernaturalize your present life" ([St] J. Escriva, "The Way", 216).

The Spirit of God will console with peace and joy, even in this life, those who weep for their sins, and later will give them a share in the fullness of happiness and glory in Heaven: these are the blessed.

5. "The meek": those who patiently suffer unjust persecution; those who remain serene, humble and steadfast in adversity, and do not give way to resentment or discouragement. The virtue of meekness is very necessary in the Christian life. Usually irritableness, which is very common, stems from a lack of humility and interior peace.

"The earth": this is usually understood as meaning our Heavenly Fatherland.

6. The notion of righteousness (or justice) in Holy Scripture is an essentially religious one (cf. notes on Matthew 1:19 and 3:15; Romans 1:17; 1:18-32; 3:21-22 and 24). A righteous person is one who sincerely strives to do the Will of God, which is discovered in the commandments, in one's duties of state in life (social, professional and family responsibilities) and through one's life of prayer. Thus, righteousness, in the language of the Bible, is the same as what nowadays is usually called "holiness" (1 John 2:29; 3:7-10; Revelation 22:11; Genesis 15:6; Deuteronomy 9:4).

As St. Jerome comments ("Comm. on Matthew", 5, 6), in the fourth Beatitude our Lord is asking us not simply to have a vague desire for righteousness: we should hunger and thirst for it, that is, we should love and strive earnestly to seek what makes a man righteous in God's eyes. A person who genuinely wants to attain Christian holiness should love the means which the Church, the universal vehicle of salvation, offers all men and teaches them to use--frequent use of the Sacraments, an intimate relationship with God in prayer, a valiant effort to meet one's social, professional and family responsibilities.

7. Mercy is not a just a matter of giving alms to the poor but also of being understanding towards other people's defects, overlooking them, helping them cope with them and loving them despite whatever defects they may have. Being merciful also means rejoicing and suffering with other people.

8. Christ teaches us that the source of the quality of human acts lies in the heart, that is, in a man's soul, in the depths of his spirit. "When we speak of a person's heart, we refer not just to his sentiments, but to the whole person in his loving dealings with others. In order to help us understand divine things, Scripture uses the _expression `heart' in its full human meaning, as the summary and source, _expression and ultimate basis, of one's thoughts, words and actions. A man is worth what his heart is worth" ([St] J. Escriva, "Christ Is Passing By", 164).

Cleanness of heart is a gift of God, which expresses itself in a capacity to love, in having an upright and pure attitude to everything noble. As St. Paul says, "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things" (Philippians 4:8). Helped by God's grace, a Christian should constantly strive to cleanse his heart and acquire this purity, whose reward is the vision of God.

9. The translation "peacemakers" well convey the active meaning of the original text--those who foster peace, in themselves and in others and, as a basis for that, try to be reconciled and to reconcile others with God. Being at peace with God is the cause and effect of every kind of peace. Any peace on earth not based on this divine peace would be vain and misleading.

"They shall be called sons of God": this is an Hebraicism often found in Sacred Scripture; it is the same as saying "they will be sons of God". St. John's first letter (3:1) provides a correct exegesis of this Beatitude: "See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are".

10. What this Beatitude means, then, is: blessed are those who are persecuted because they are holy, or because they are striving to be holy, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Thus, blessed is he who suffers persecution for being true to Jesus Christ and who does so not only patiently but joyfully. Circumstances arise in a Christian's life that call for heroism--where no compromise is admissible: either one stays true to Jesus Christ whatever the cost in terms of reputation, life or possessions, or one denies Him. St. Bernard ("Sermon on the Feast of All Saints") says that the eighth Beatitude is as it were the prerogative of Christian martyrs. Every Christian who is faithful to Jesus' teaching is in fact a "martyr" (a witness) who reflects or acts according with this Beatitude, even if he does not undergo physical death.

11-12. The Beatitudes are the conditions Jesus lays down for entering the Kingdom of Heaven. This verse, in a way summing up the preceding ones, is an invitation to everyone to put this teaching into practice. The Christian life, then, is no easy matter, but it is worthwhile, given the reward that Jesus promises.
Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Reprinted with permission from Four Courts Press and Scepter Publishers, the U.S. publisher.

Dishonesty - Mark Levin Rebukes Doug Kmiec

Heard this on Mark Levin's show:
This is pathetic.

Doug Kmiec, I remember when you came to my office at the Justice Department — where at the time I was serving as associate deputy attorney general under Attorney General Ed Meese — seeking an appointment.

I remember processing your papers and sending them to the White House for political clearance. I remember advocating for your appointment to a deputy assistant attorney general post in the Office of Legal Counsel and securing your appointment.

And from there, Doug, you became the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel in the last days of the Reagan administration.

You have now used your resume to give cover to perhaps the most radical and unqualified person to be nominated for president.

And your arguments on Obama's behalf have been nothing short of dishonest

I am extremely disappointed in you. But my guess is you've earned a judgeship should Obama win the presidency.

Frankly, sometimes you think you know somebody when, in fact, you don't.
Sounds like Kmiec sold his soul to the devil...


Ignoring Canon 915? Baffling.

Grave and manifest: an archbishop's odd logic on withholding Communion

In a a fine column that appears this week in the archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Review, Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore has joined dozens of other American bishops in affirming that the protection of innocent human life is the paramount political issue of our time....

However, I am baffled by a passage in his article, in which Arcbishop O'Brien announces that he will not withhold the Eucharist from Catholic public officials who persist in supporting the destruction of human life. The logic of the archbishop's argument escapes me.
There is no "logic" to it - that's why the rationalization (not logic) escapes Mr. Lawler as well as every other faithful Catholic who has read and understood Archbishop Burke's clear and comprehensible writings on this subject as well as the 2004 letter to American bishops by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on this same subject.

Mr Lawler succintly states what many of us know and sense:
A politician's public support for legal abortion certainly qualifies as "manifest;" that much cannot be denied. When he announces that he will never invoke the provisions of Canon 915, then, a bishop leads us to draw one of two logical inferences: Either he does not consider support for legal abortion a "grave" matter, or he does not respect the laws of the Church and the need to avoid scandal.

Obama 1995 Video: Rev. Wright Represents The Best of What The Black Church Has to Offer

From Kerry Picket at News Busters:
In 1995, Barack Obama gave a TV interview to discuss the memoir he wrote, "Dreams From My Father." Philip Klein at The American Spectator picked up on this back in August, but the video is making rounds again now. Obama spoke very highly of his then pastor Rev.Jeremiah Wright...

Here is a sermon by Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ - the infamous "G-Damn America" - and Wright inspired the title of Barack Obama's book "Audacity Of Hope." Obama says,
"Reverend Wright ahh, ahh, my pastor who, I, I speak about in the chapter in the book, I think represents the best of what, ah, The Black Church has to offer."

Just for Today, November 1

I am He who made all the saints; I gave them grace; I have brought them to glory. I know the first and the last; I embrace them all with an inestimable love.

I am to be praised in all My saints; I am to be blessed above all things, and to be honoured in everyone of them, whom I have thus gloriously magnified and eter­nally chosen, without any foregoing merits of their own.

Take heed, therefore, my son, that thou treat not curiously of these things which exceed thy knowledge, but rather make it thy business and thy aim that thou mayest be found amongst the number of those who inherit the kingdom of God, although thou shouldst be the least amongst them.
-Bk. III, ch. lviii.

For a long time I wondered why God has His pre­ferences, and why souls did not all receive the same measure of grace. I was astonished that great sinners like St Paul, St Augustine and St Mary Magdalen should be granted such extraordinary favours, and al­most forced to accept them. When reading the Lives of the Saints I could not understand why Our Lord treated some as privileged souls even in their cradles, removing any obstacles that might keep them from Him, and preserving unspotted their baptismal innocence, whilst on the other hand innumerable savages died without ever hearing the name of God.

Jesus Himself taught me this mystery. He laid open before me the book of Nature, and I understood that all the flowers He has created are beautiful; that the loveliness of the rose and the purity of the lily in no way lessen the sweet scent of the hidden violet or the appealing simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the little flowers wanted to be roses, Nature would lose her garb of Spring, and the fields would no longer be starred with little blossoms. It is the same in the domain of souls, the living garden of the Lord.

-The Story of a Soul (L'Histoire d'une Âme).
For more information, see this post.
Adapted from Just For Today(©1943 Burns & Oates)
Nihil Obstat: Reginaldus Phillips, S.T.L.,Censor deputatus
Imprimatur: Edwardus Myers, Vic. Cap.

Thoughts of St Augustine for November 1

(All Saints Day)
GLOW with love and desire of the life eternal of the Saints, wherein neither action will be attended with toil, nor rest with sloth; wherein will be the praise of God continuing and unfailing....God will be all the delight and fulness of that holy city, in him and of him living in wisdom and blessedness.
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From Thoughts of St Augustine for Every Day
by Kathleen Mary Balfe (© 1926)
Nihil Obstat: Georgius D. Smith, S.T.D
Imprimatur: Edm. Can. Surmont

Thoughts from St Alphonsus for Every Day-November 1

(All Saints)
WHEN the crosses of this life afflict us, let us animate ourselves with the hope of heaven to bear them patiently. St Mary of Egypt, being asked at the end of her life by the Abbot Zosimus how she had been able to live for so many years in such a desert, replied: "Through the hope of heaven."
From Thoughts from St Alphonsus for Every Day
Compiled by Rev. C. McNeiry, C.SS.R.
Imprimatur: Joseph Hull, C.SS.R., Prov. Angl. Sup.
Nihil Obstat: Innocentlus Apap, O.P., S.T.M., Censor Deptutatus.
Imprimatur: Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius Generalis.
Westmonasterii, Die 9a Junii, 1927.
First published 1927

"Pope" Kmiec Corrects Archbishop Chaput

I grow weary of pseudo-Catholics like Kmiec and others who routinely contradict the teachings of the Church and those bishops who faithfully hand on those teachings to the faithful. Kmiec's recent article in the National UNCatholic Reporter is titled:
'Why Archbishop Chaput's abortion stance is wrong'
He states:
The good Archbishop....has taken issue with my recent book, Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama, suggesting, in his personal view as a private citizen, that Catholic teaching does not support an affirmative answer.
No faithful Catholic can honestly suggest that a Catholic can vote for Obama without being complicit in cooperating with the grave evil of abortion. Kmiec resorts to intellectually dishonest rationalizations by suggesting otherwise.

Kmiec claims: is not over the essence of Church instruction which gives primacy to the promotion of human life, but rather, the preferred means of implementing it.
Kmiec seems to assert that a vote for the most anti-life politician is a desirable means to end abortion - this is beyond ludicrous and borders on the insane.

Kmiec goes on to quote Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, on "proportionate reasons" and then mistakenly advises Catholics as to what "proportionate reasons" means:
Cardinal Ratzinger (now His Holiness Benedict XVI) accepting the idea that voting results in a type of remote cooperation with sin counseled:
"When a Catholic does not share a candidate's stand in favor of abortion . . . but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons."
...The Cardinal clearly affirms that Catholics -- like all Americans in the 2008 election -- have the full slate of parties and candidates available to them, with the determination of what is a "proportionate reason" to vote for an imperfect candidate a matter for individual conscience. It's hard to see Archbishop Chaput's essay as agreeable with the Cardinal's proposition.
"Pope" Kmiec grasps at straws, using erroneous reasoning, to justify a malformed conscience which is at odds with the truth, at odds with the Church, at odds with life itself, and at odds with God.

The circumstances for Catholics in 2008 are a happier one than Archbishop Chaput lets on. The social justice policies of Senator Obama and his ability to work toward the common good upon common ground makes him a source of hope for all Americans...
What does Kmiec know that others do not, especially about Obama's so-called "social justice policies" when he has not bit of experience in implementing anything other than political thuggery and promoting the murder of infants born alive from botched abortions? This charlatan's resume is paper thin, if it exists at all, yet we are to conclude from Kmiec that Obama will implement policies for the good of the country - which country is yet to be determined.

Kmiec ventures into theological areas in which he is ill-equipped to traverse, yet he does so as if he were an expert theologian - and in doing so, he scandalizes untold Catholics and aids them into committing grave moral sin by advocating support for "The One."

It also seems that National Catholic Reporter has been making great strides in usurping the role of the Church by promulgating numerous "teachings" by armchair pontiffs whose only aim is to call into question the Church's perennial teachings and support dissension among the multitude of Catholics whose moral foundations are are not on solid footings.

Shame on Kmiec and the National Catholic Reporter for its open opposition to the Church an to God, Himself. It's scandal to many that they are even allowed to call themselves Catholic.

It's well past time for bishops to address this usurpation of the rights of the Church.

A Coming Constitutional Crisis?

Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Ph.D., J.D., writes "OBAMA MUST STAND UP NOW OR STEP DOWN"

America is facing potentially the gravest constitutional crisis in her history. Barack Obama must either stand up in a public forum and prove, with conclusive documentary evidence, that he is “a natural born Citizen” of the United States who has not renounced his American citizenship—or he must step down as the Democratic Party’s candidate for President of the United States—preferably before the election is held, and in any event before the Electoral College meets.

Because, pursuant to the Constitution, only “a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of th[e] Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President” (Article II, Section 1, Clause 4). And Obama clearly was not “a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of th[e] Constitution.”....
Well worth reading for those who still believe in the Constitution.

Obama Repeats Pro-Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court

Washington, DC -- In a Thursday interview with NBC News, Barack Obama repeated the pledge he's made throughout the campaign. Obama indicated he would only appoint judges to the Supreme Court who support unlimited abortions, in what is a clear pro-abortion litmus test for federal justices....
Read more here

Bishop Robert Hermann: We live in hope!

We live in hope. This time immediately preceding a national election can be a time of turmoil, or it can also be a time of great transformation. If we live on the horizontal and cyclical plane only, we will find ourselves frustrated....

We live in hope. God could very well be saying to us today: "You shall not molest or destroy the child in the womb. Remember that when you were in the womb you were protected and given a chance to live!" We may say to ourselves: "I am against abortion, but I will still vote for a candidate who is pro-abortion, because I am voting for a better economy, and that will reduce abortions." If that is the case, then why were there not millions of abortions in the Great Depression of the 1930s? Instead, parents often had large families, because they lived in a faith society that supported life, and not death....

We live in hope....Yet we may say to ourselves: "I believe in God, and yet I will vote for a candidate who promotes abortion." How can we say that we believe in God but act as if God did not exist? Jesus told us: "Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father." Again He tells us: "By their fruits you shall know them." If we promote abortion by our vote, we participate in society’s great lie.

We live in hope. How can I say that I believe in God and yet vote for candidates who promote the Freedom of Choice Act which would, in effect, nullify every limitation put on abortion during the past 30 years? How can I say I believe in God but vote for candidates who would support legislation that would permit the destruction of a child who survived a botched abortion? In other words, with my vote I can continue to drench this land with the blood of millions of our children, or with my vote I can take a stand to help end this senseless slaughter of the innocent children....

We live in hope. Finally, I encourage everyone, once again, to pray the Rosary daily for the sake of our country. Pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe....

We live in hope. Remember that eight years ago the outcome of the national election was not made known until Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! We live in hope!
An excellent article by Bishop Hermann!

Fatima group has election Masses

The St. Louis Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima will sponsor a vigil of Masses on election day, Nov. 4, at St. George Church in Affton. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The effort was organized in response to the Missouri bishops’ request for prayers for the elections and for the United States, said Mary Broome, president of the St. Louis Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima.

Masses will be offered by a different priest each hour from 6 a.m. until the closing Mass at 7 p.m. at St. George, 4980 Heege Road in the Gardenville neighborhood of Affton. The recitation of the Rosary will follow each Mass.

Bishop Robert Hermann, archdiocesan administrator, will celebrate 10 a.m. Mass.

At each hour, there will be a personal consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, patroness of the United States.

A complete schedule of Masses and celebrants is as follows:
6 a.m. — Msgr. Charles Forst;
7 a.m. — Father David Novak;
8 a.m. — Father Thomas Robertson;
9 a.m. — Father Edwin Albers, OFM;
10 a.m. — Bishop Robert Hermann;
11 a.m. — Msgr. Eugene Morris;
noon — Father Dennis Doyle;
1 p.m. — Father Bernadine Hahn, OFM;
2 p.m. — Msgr. Timothy Cronin;
3 p.m. — Father Timothy Henderson;
4 p.m. — Father Jack Siefert;
5 p.m. — Father Jibran Bou Merhi (Maronite);
6 p.m. — Father Thomas Grady;
7 p.m. — Father Thomas Hogan, SJ.

For more information, call (314) 352-0229.

Parishes plan prayer events in advance of Nov. 4 election

The following parishes have plans for special prayer times before the election and through election day:
Saturday, Nov. 1
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4092 Blow St., Holy Hour, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Mary Mother of The Church, 5901 Kerth Road, Mattese, Rosary, nightly at 7 p.m. through Nov. 3 in the Caton Chapel.

St. Matthias, 796 Buckley Road, Lemay, euchristic adoration 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Sunday, Nov. 2
Holy Redeemer, 17 Joy Ave., Webster Groves, Holy Hour, 7-8 p.m.

St. Anselm, 530 S. Mason Road, Creve Coeur, paryer vigil, 8 p.m.-midnight.
Monday, Nov. 3
Ascension, 230 Santa Maria Drive, Chesterfield, 7-8 p.m. Holy Hour in the "Little Church."

Immaculate Conception, 110 Maryknoll Road, Old Monroe, vigil, 5 a.m. to 5 a.m. Nov. 4.

Our Lady of the Holy Cross, 8115 Church Road, Baden, eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Our Lady of the Pillar, 401 S. Lindbergh Road, Holy Hour, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in Adoration Chapel at Marianist Residence.

Our Lady of the Presentation, 8860 Tudor Ave., Overland, vigil/Rosary, 6 a.m. 6-10 p.m.

St. Catherine Laboure, 9740 Sappington Road, Sappington, eucharistic adoration all day.

St. Francis of Assisi, 4556 Telegraph Road, Holy Hour, 7 p.m.

St. Gabriel the Archangel, 6303 Nottingham Ave., Rosary, 7 p.m., Mass, 7:30 p.m.

St. Gianna, eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m Nov. 4.

St. Joseph-Cottleville, 1355 Motherhead Road, 7 p.m. Mass, 8-9 p.m. Holy Hour.

St. Joseph, 4525 Old Hwy. 21, Imperial, eucharistic adoration, 7-9 p.m.

St. Justin Martyr, 11910 Eddie & Park Road, eucharistic adoration, 9 a.m.-10:30 pm.

St. Patrick, 405 S. Church St., Wentzville, eucharistic adoration after 8 a.m. Mass until 7 p.m. Benediction Nov. 4.

St. Paul, 15 Forest Knoll Drive, Fenton, 40 hours exposition beginning 9 a.m. and concluding with 7 p.m. Mass Nov. 4.

St. Paul, 1223 Church Road, St. Paul, eucharistic adoration, 8 p.m.-midnight.

St. Richard, 11223 Scheutz Road, Creve Coeur, holy hour, 6-7 p.m.

St. Rita, 8240 Washington St., Vinita Park, holy hour, 7-8 p.m.

Valle High School/Ste. Genevieve, 8 p.m. Rosary, Mass, eucharistic adoration.
Tuesday, Nov. 4
Christ the King, 7316 Balson Road, University City, private prayer, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

St. Francis de Sales Oratory, Ohio St., South St. Louis, eucharistic adoration, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 4900 Ringer Road, Oakville, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 9 a.m.-7 p.m., concluding with Benediction; Rosary every half-hour pm,

Source: St Louis Review

The One You Must Read: Letter to Obama

From Cynthia A. Janak, RenewAmerica:
I do not normally do this but it is so pertinent to who we pick November 4th I just had to post it.

This person wrote a letter to Senator Obama and it is circulating the web. It summarizes all that has happened during this whole campaign.


I know that many of you are sick and tired of all this political BS but if you read just one more thing between now and next month's election, I urge you to read the following editorial.

I don't know who 'Michael Masters' is or what he does, but he does write cogently and well. A Google search turns up a Michael Masters who is a lawyer in Philadelphia, but I don't believe that he is the author of this open letter. There is a 'Michael C. Masters' who lives in McLean, VA — I presume, but do not know, for sure, that he is the author.

However, he didn't show up in any Google searches that I conducted, so I guess he isn't 'notorious' enough to be found. I look at that as a good thing, however. On the surface, that suggests he is just another citizen like the rest of us and has no particular ax to grind. However, he HAS done his homework before writing this editorial.

I urge all to read this and forward it to those who may have been fooled by the Obama hype...Just a short excerpt from the Letter reads:

...Mr. Obama, Teddy Roosevelt said about a hundred years ago that we Americans should first look at the character of our leaders before anything else.

Your character looks horrible. While you make good speeches, motivating speeches, your character does not match your rhetoric. You talk the talk, but do not walk the walk.

1. You lied to America. You lied many times. You distorted facts. You parsed your answers like a lawyer.

2. You distorted the record of John McCain in your words and in your advertisements.

3. You had associations with some very bad people for your personal political gains and then lied about those associations.

4. You divide America about race and about class.

The article is here...As we have been warned many times, no Catholic can, in good conscience, vote for this tyrant who supports the genocide/infanticide! To vote for this man is to cooperate in his diabolical evil!

Click here for the article.

News Updates, 10/31

Archbishop of Omaha Issues Voting Statement To Be Read At All Parishes This Sunday
Explaining that "the core of Catholic moral and social teaching is respect for the sacred dignity of every human life," the Archbishop joined the more than 80 Catholic prelates who have said that abortion and right to life are the defining issues in this election

Video Shows Babies Left to Die After Failed Abortions in Method Obama OKed
Washington, DC ( -- A new video of a Planned Parenthood staff member in New Jersey has surfaced showing abortion centers leave babies to die who survive failed abortions. The video shows the kind of infanticide that Barack Obama opposed stopping in Illinois continues to occur.

Terrorists bomb Catholic university in Spain
The University of Navarra, a Catholic school in Pamplona, Spain was bombed by the Basque separatist group ETA on Thursday morning. Initial estimates indicate that 21 people have been injured.

Gianna Jessen to Sen. Obama’s Attacks: “I’ve Dealt with Worse – I’ve Survived an Abortion.” []
“State Senator Barack Obama voted 4 times against laws to protect babies who survive abortions," says Jessen. "Meanwhile, U.S. Senators voted 98-0 for Born Alive Infant Protections. ... Tell [Obama] abortion survivors deserve legal protections too.

Vatican issues screening guidelines for priests
Church to be more selective about its candidates

Barack Obama's Health Care Plan Covers Abortion, Would Require Tax-Funding
Washington, DC ( -- A leading pro-life group has uncovered a questionnaire the campaign of Barack Obama filed with a pro-abortion web site.

Catholic bishops give $200K to ban gay marriage
Backing ballot initiative to change state constitution

Ex-Muslim tells pope Islam not inherently good
Islamic terror not a result of a minority gone astray

Row over Catholic principal's Obama yard sign
High profile educator lives in eyesight of the school
[Fire him!!!]

Woman sues Catholic priest who seduced her
Father Elvis suspended after suit made public

Death of Indian priest to be investigated
Survives attack by mob but mysteriously dies in hospital

German archbishop pens his own 'Das Kapital'
Criticism of big business addressed to Karl Marx

Catholic Church funds ACORN and systemic wars
Campaign for Human Development has supported abortion
[Old news - been going on for years; ever since the NCCB/USCC was infiltrated by marxists, leftists, and radical Democrats]

Why the faithful are 'quitting Church'
Christians are falling away from institutional religion
[Again, old news - this, too, has been going on for years; ever since the NCCB/USCC was infiltrated by moral relativists, socialists, syncretists, marxists, leftists, radical Democrats, and heretics]

Vote Pro-Life, Differences Between McCain and Obama on Abortion Too Great
The Family Research Council is undertaking a last-minute effort to urge voters to oppose Barack Obama because of his pro-abortion record and to support pro-life candidates for the House and Senate.

Issues & Politics

The Plot to Overthrow the United States of America? [55 minute video]
Using sections of available clips available, CitizenSlim wonders if Barrack Obama has dark plans for this country, especially with his planned "Civilian National Security Force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the military] in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set"?
[Does "Civilian National Security Force" mean "brownshirts"?]

Obama's New Attack on Those Who Don't Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’
"The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything against the rich," Obama said in Sarasota, Florida, yesterday...
[It's only because he a Marxist.]

The Purging-Reporters Tossed Off Obama's Plane
Newspapers endorsed Sen. John McCain.
[an example of the Totalitarian leadership to come?]

Barack Obama 'could worsen crisis': Rupert Murdoch
With the US election five days away, Murdoch criticised Senator Obama's tax policies as "crazy", particularly his plan to hand out tax rebates to most Americans and to increase taxes for people earning more than $250,000. He said Senator Obama's promises to give tax rebates to 95per cent of Americans was "rubbish".

Video-Woman on NBC6 Orlando-Under Obama "I won't have to work to pay for Gas! Or my Mortgage!"

Supremes asked to halt Tuesday's vote
Constitutional crisis feared over Obama's 'qualifications'

Obama Lays Plans to Kill Expectations [of Hope & Change] After Election Victory?
Barack Obama's senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week's election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harboring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

Getting the 'Ayers Issue' Straight
If we move beyond the retort of being 8 years old at the time, and consider what we already know, there is plenty of disturbing evidence from Obama's own past about the Ayers relationship.

Video from the L.A. Times Obama-Khalidi protest

Obama's 2005 Daily Kos Post : Tone It Down, and Usher in a New Progressive Era
Barack Obama sent a letter to the Daily Kos which was posted back in 2005 to talk strategy and "change" to the Kossacks. Obama was very serious about toning down the rhetoric only until it was safe enough to "enforce a more clearly progressive agenda.” (h/t to Gateway Pundit for bringing this back through Sweetness and Light)...

Romney: Obama Would Kill Millions of Jobs
[And with his FOCA, MILLIONS of Unborn/Born Alive Babies]

Rifle company executive ousted after announcing Obama support
Montana gunsmith Dan Cooper has been ousted as chief executive of the rifle company that bears his name after pressure from gun owners who are angry that he is supporting Democrat Barack Obama.

Obama audio — “Well I, I, I, I continue to, I continue to, uh, uh, support a ban on concealed carry laws.”

If Iraqis could vote it would be for McCain

Obama and the Politics of Crowds
The masses greeting the candidate on the trail are a sign of great unease.

If Obama Can't Win It He'll Steal It
Most Americans know about the allegations of election fraud leveled against the liberal activist organization ACORN. What you may not know is how closely they work with the campaign of Barack Obama...

First exit poll of actual American votes from Israel shows big McCain win
A startling 76 percent of those polled said that they had voted for John McCain.

If Obama Wins, Set Clocks BACK 91 Years!

Attacks Now Starting on "Tito The Builder" (Hispanic Press, in Spanish)

On CNN - In Columbia, MO, Obama said that "five days from now we will fundamentally change America". Is anyone listening to what this marxist is really saying?

Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss 'Will Spark the Second American Civil War'
[Actually, an Obama victory will spark a major constitutional crisis and perhaps worse...]

NOVAK: Obama poised to win election; McCain not facing blowout; Dems will fall short of 60-majority in senate...

"Dead People Voting Throughout Florida" (WFTV)
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- Thousands of dead Floridians are registered to vote and some in Central Florida had ballots cast in their names long after their deaths.

More information about Obama's Socialism
[The website of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America has an archive of their newsletters. Here is the newsletter "New Ground 69 March - April, 2000". In this newsletter they give their "Recommendations for the March Primary Election". Emphasis in bold.]

Barak Obama is serving only his second term in the Illinois State Senate so he might be fairly charged with ambition, but the same might have be said of Bobby Rush when he ran against Congressman Charles Hayes. Obama also has put in time at the grass roots, working for five years as a community organizer in Harlem and in Chicago. When Obama participated in a 1996 UofC YDS Townhall Meeting on Economic Insecurity, much of what he had to say was well within the mainstream of European social democracy. To volunteer, call 773 846 2262. Contributions may be sent to Obama for Congress 2000, PO Box 497987, Chicago, IL 60649.
Obama SIGNED A CONTRACT with the socialist New Party

Obama for Congress 2000 Radio Ads
The 3 radio ads for Obamaaired during his campaign for Congress in Illinois's First District in March 2000. Obama lost to four-term incumbent Bobby Rush, who was endorsed by President Clinton.

Liberals call it Progressive, "We the People" call it Communism