Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Sunday, November 23, 2003
"Catholic legislators who are members of the faithful of the Diocese of La Crosse and who continue to support procured abortion or euthanasia may not present themselves to receive holy Communion," the notification said. "They are not to be admitted to holy Communion, should they present themselves, until such time as they publicly renounce their support of these most unjust practices."
NOTE: On December 1, Archbishop Burke was appointed archbishop of St.Louis, effective January 26, 2004.
- On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility. Pastoral Letter to Christ's Faithful of The Diocese of LaCrosse. Reprinted by
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Source: Catholic Citizens.Org
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com)- This time last year at the Toronto Red Mass and Red Mass Dinner for Catholic lawyers, judges and legislators, the featured guest speaker was pro-abortion former Prime Minister Joe Clarke. That choice scandalized many Catholics and caused Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic to give a strong defence of the unborn in his homily. This year's dinner featured the Honourable Norm Cafik, P.C., former MP and Cabinet Minister under former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.Source: LifeNews.com
After the mass reading on the beheading of John the Baptist, Cardinal Ambrozic, who lived under Communism in Slovenia, gave a homily emphasizing the necessity of Catholics in public life to be willing to suffer and even die for their faith. As a Catholic in public life, said the Cardinal, "you risk your neck for a (moral) absolute. There are things greater than ourselves for which we must be ready to die. If nothing is worth dying for, then I am not truly free."
In an obvious, though oblique reference to the recent passage of Svend Robinson's "sexual orientation" hate crimes bill in the House of Commons, the Cardinal went on to mention the erroneous interpretation of the concept of the separation of Church and state that is often used to silence the voice of faithful Canadian Christians. In this country, he said, the separation of Church and state will soon mean, not that the state needs to be protected from religion, but that "religion will soon need to be protected from the state." "Separation of Church and state," he said, "now means the separation of conscience from politics."
Later, dinner speaker Norm Cafik continued the Cardinal's theme comparing modern Christians in Canada with their spiritual ancestors in the Roman persecutions. Mr Cafik said that the time will shortly come when Christians who dare to speak out will be thrown to the judges and lawyers instead of the lions.
Mentioning the recent same-sex "marriage" and hate crimes legislation changes by name, he pointed out that John the Baptist lost his head over the definition of marriage and that St. Thomas More also lost his head over the definition of marriage. Cafik said that Catholic lawyers were now being compelled by law to accept what these saints would not accept.
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Sunday, August 03, 2003
Calgary Bishop Fred Henry has not been daunted by politicians and newspapers attacking him as a hatemonger and worse for his clear defence of Catholic teaching on homosexuality and his daring to call to account Prime Minister Jean Chretien who calls himself 'Catholic'. Rather than back down from his widely reported warning that the Prime Minister was risking his eternal salvation, Bishop Henry used the media frenzy to teach.
In an interview with Sun Media, Bishop Henry noted that a good Catholic must be in communion with the Church. "As a Catholic if he can't listen to the pope and he can't listen to the bishops then we have a problem with the Catholicity of this man. We have a serious problem. "You can't go around calling yourself a good Catholic and act in a contrary manner. Acts have consequences."
The Bishop also noted that he would refuse Chretien communion. "Given his status, if the prime minister were to come to Calgary and line up for communion in the ranks at the cathedral and I were the celebrant I would probably refuse him and give him a simple blessing. I don't want to embarrass anyone publicly but at present he is not in communion with the church. I don't intend to threaten the prime minister but I think his eternal salvation is at risk and I pray he experiences some kind of conversion and enlightenment and mend his ways."
Source: "Calgary Bishop Says He Would Refuse Prime Minister Communion", Lifesite News. August 5, 2003.Related Links:
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Thursday, April 17, 2003
TOM DASCHLE may no longer call himself a Catholic. The Senate minority leader and the highest ranking Democrat in Washington has been sent a letter by his home diocese of Sioux Falls, sources in South Dakota have told The Weekly Standard, directing him to remove from his congressional biography and campaign documents all references to his standing as a member of the Catholic Church.
This isn't exactly excommunication--which is unnecessary, in any case, since Daschle made himself ineligible for communion almost 20 years ago with his divorce and remarriage to a Washington lobbyist. The directive from Sioux Falls' Bishop Robert Carlson is rather something less than excommunication--and, at the same time, something more: a declaration that Tom Daschle's religious identification constitutes, in technical Catholic vocabulary, a grave public scandal. He was brought up as a Catholic, and he may still be in some sort of genuine mental and spiritual relation to the Church. Who besides his confessor could say? But Daschle's consistent political opposition to Catholic teachings on moral issues--abortion, in particular--has made him such a problem for ordinary churchgoers that the Church must deny him the use of the word "Catholic." . . . [READ MORE].
SOURCE: "Tom Daschle's Duty to Be Morally Coherent: The Senate minority leader is ordered to stop calling himself a Catholic, by J. Bottum. Weekly Standard [Online], April 17, 2003.