Wednesday, December 17, 2003

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The federal Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs voted yesterday to approve a proposal to make Plan B, a levonorgestrel-only "morning after pill," available without a prescription. The final decision rests with the Food and Drug Administration. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed written comments against the proposal. "A drug which destroys human embryos and puts women at greater risk of ectopic pregnancy does not belong on the shelves of a drug store," said Cathy Cleaver Ruse, Director of Planning and Information for the USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. "American women and children do not deserve this reckless experiment on their lives." Source: USCCB

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Archbishop Raymond Burke, Diocese of La Crosse, WI

Archbishop Raymond L. Burke formally notified the Diocese of La Crosse that Catholic lawmakers in that diocese who persist in their support of abortion or euthanasia will be refused Holy Communion until they publicly renounce their "grave public sin."

"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."

Source: LifeNews.Com

NOTE: On December 1, Archbishop Burke was appointed archbishop of St.Louis, effective January 26, 2004.

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Thursday, November 20, 2003

Dioceses of Rockford bans Pro-Abortion Speakers From Catholic Institutions

Responding to the Holy Father's clear teaching on the grave evil of so-called pro-abortion Catholic politicians, the Diocese of Rockford this week has said that they are implementing a new policy that bans pro-abortion speakers from all Catholic institutions. Responding to inquiries from Sen. Patrick O'Malley, Patricia Pitkus Bainbridge, M.A., of the Rockford Diocese Respect Life Office provided the following policy, which was developed this week. "In the Diocese of Rockford permission to speak at or use diocesan, parish, or institutional property shall not be granted to individuals who hold any view that is contrary to the Catholic Magisterium's moral teaching and practice." Ms. Bainbridge went on to say, "My hope is that all other Dioceses in the state will also adopt the same or similar statement and in my position as Chairman of the Department for Life/Catholic Conference of Illinois, I will continue to encourage this action."

Source: Catholic Citizens.Org

Thursday, November 13, 2003

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

WASHINGTON -- America's Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a statement Wednesday that urges states to withhold recognition for same-sex marriages. "Marriage is in crisis and will be further devalued and eroded unless we're strong in pointing out that same-sex unions are not the equivalent of marriage," said Bishop J. Kevin Boland of the Diocese of Savannah. Boland led a committee that drafted the statement Source: Associated Press

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic of Toronto

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.

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.

Source: LifeNews.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The leaders of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops Wednesday gave "general support" to a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as a union of a man and woman. The 50-member administrative committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, meeting privately in Washington, acted after a strong Vatican call to defend traditional marriage and the decision of Canada's government to legalize same-sex marriages. The bishops said "the church's teaching about the dignity of homosexual persons is clear. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity," but that this does not mean changing marriage laws. Source Associated Press

Sunday, August 03, 2003

Bishop Fred Henry - Diocese of Calgary, Canada

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."

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Oregon Catholic Diocese Refuses to Host Pro-Abortion Gov

In what is becoming a more common practice across the United States, a Catholic diocese in Oregon is refusing to let a pro-abortion elected official use one of its churches to promote politics. In this case, the Baker Diocese in Bend, Oregon, has refused to allow pro-abortion Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D-OR) to use a church for a private political speech because of his position on abortion. Kulongoski was scheduled to speak before a fundraising dinner of the Truman Club at the Holy Trinity church in Sunriver. The event has been rescheduled at a private home. The Truman club is an offshoot of the county Democratic Party. "His beliefs don't square with Catholic teaching and certainly made an appearance at a Catholic church very problematic," Father James Logan, chancellor of the Diocese of Baker, told the Bend Bulletin. Source: LifeNews.com

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Bishop Robert Carlson - Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD

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.

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Thursday, January 23, 2003

Bishop William K. Weigand, Sacramento CA

Sacramento Bishop William K. Weigand, leader of 500,000 Catholics in Northern California, called on Governor Gray Davis on Wednesday to renounce his support of abortion rights or stop taking Holy Communion. Speaking at a morning Mass on the 30th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, Weigand told congregants at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament that Davis should refrain from taking communion while he continues to support abortion rights. "As your bishop, I have to say clearly that anyone — politician or otherwise — who thinks it is acceptable for a Catholic to be pro-abortion is in very great error, puts his or her soul at risk, and is not in good standing with the church," Weigand said. "Such a person should have the integrity to acknowledge this and choose of his own volition to abstain from receiving Holy Communion until he has a change of heart." Source: Priests For Life