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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Archbishop Chaput responds to Pelosi-Pope meeting

Denver, Colo., Feb 19, 2009 / 07:31 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is in complete agreement with the message that Pope Benedict XVI delivered to Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday. The archbishop also went so far as to say that since she disagrees with the Church on the "black and white issue" of abortion, she should not present herself for Communion.

The comments by Archbishop Chaput were made following Nancy Pelosi’s meeting with Pope Benedict, at which the Pope reminded the Speaker of the House that all legislators, but especially Catholics, are bound to protect human life from conception to natural death.

FOX News’ Neil Cavuto invited Archbishop Chaput to give his reaction to the Pope-Pelosi meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
Cavuto began by pointing out the disparity between Pelosi’s statement about the meeting and the Pope’s.

(Full story at CNA)

Attorney General Says Americans Are ‘Cowards’ on Racial Matters

Unfortunately, the 'tolerance' only goes one way....

Thursday, February 19, 2009
By Susan Jones, Senior Editor

( – Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday told an audience at the Justice Department that despite the nation’s progress on racial relations, “we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”

Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, was speaking at an African-American History Month program.

“One cannot truly understand America without understanding the historical experience of black people in this nation,” Holder said. “Simply put, to get to the heart of this country, one must examine its racial soul.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”

(Full story at

Pro-Choice Sebelius Emerging as Top Choice for HHS

Is the only quakification for this job that you be a dissenting 'Pro Abortion' Catholic?

From First Things 

Posted by Ryan Sayre Patrico on February 19, 2009, 11:01 AM

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is reportedly emerging as the Obama administration’s top pick for the head of the Department of Health and Human Services. She would replace former senator Tom Daschle, who withdrew his nomination after it was revealed he owed more than 128,000 dollars in unpaid taxes.
Sebelius, a Catholic, has received heavy criticism for her long pro-abortion record. In May, 2008, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City penned an open letter to the governor deploring her veto of a bill that would have placed restrictions on abortions:
What makes the governor’s actions and advocacy for legalized abortion, throughout her public career, even more painful for me is that she is Catholic. Sadly, Governor Sebelius is not unique in being a Catholic politician supporting legalized abortion.
Since becoming archbishop, I have met with Governor Sebelius several times over many months to discuss with her the grave spiritual and moral consequences of her public actions by which she has cooperated in the procurement of abortions performed in Kansas. My concern has been, as a pastor, both for the spiritual well-being of the governor but also for those who have been misled (scandalized) by her very public support for legalized abortion.

What Obama Is Doing With Your Medical Records

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The so-called “stimulus” President Obama signed Tuesday is so unwieldy it had to be posted in two PDFs on the House Appropriations Committee’s Website along with another two containing an “explanatory statement.” The law totaled 1,071 pages; the explanation, 421.

Yet, 216 of the law’s 1,071 pages deal with a project not directly aimed at short-term economic stimulus, and these 216 pages were themselves divided into two distinct parts (139 pages in “Division A” of the law and 77 pages in “Division B”).

Together, these 216 pages provide the legal framework for collecting every American’s personal medical records into a federally coordinated electronic system. (Full story at

'Are we post-racial yet?'

Rick Moran
Listen up, now. This is important. We brain dead white people are really cowards when it comes to the issue of race, did you know?

This is the man President Obama put in charge of assuring that all the laws of the land be administered equally, regardless of race. Jennifer Rubin writes:

Eric Holder, our first African American Attorney General serving under out first African American President, has these words about his fellow citizens:
"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, a nation of cowards,” Holder said in remarks to his staff in honor of Black History Month. His comments appear on a transcript provided by the Justice Department.
"Even as we fight a war against terrorism; deal with the reality of electing an African-American, for the first time, as the president of the United States; and deal with other significant issues of the day, the need to confront our racial past and to understand our racial present, and to understand the history of African people in this country — that all endures,” the attorney general added.
Are Americans really "cowards" for not "confronting" the past oppression of African Americans?

(Full story at American Thinker) 

Benedict and the Abortion Holocaust-Deniers

Pope Benedict XVI met with a holocaust-denier yesterday. Bishop Richard Williamson? No, Nancy Pelosi.
A Pelosi-led delegation of Catholic Democrats who dismiss the moral significance of millions upon millions of abortions turned up at the Vatican yesterday.
Last month these same abortion-holocaust deniers had lectured Benedict for mishandling the flap over Richard Williamson's lifted excommunication.
Seizing on a chance to embarrass the Pope, fifty Catholic Democrats, Rosa DeLauro and George Miller among them, wrote a letter to him demanding a "clarification" in the Williamson matter. (He had already done so, but they felt it just wasn't emphatic enough.)  (Full story at American Spectator)

Obama's Enemies List

After the Democratic convention, Obama campaign lawyer Robert Bauer warned TV stations against airing a TV ad that was embarrassing to Barack Obama. The commercial focused on the longtime relationship between Obama and Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Bauer sent letters to the Justice Department imploring the agency to pursue criminal action against those behind the ads. It was not lost on anyone at that time that Bauer was considered a candidate to be the next U.S. Attorney-General.

A team of Obama campaign operatives, joined by major news outlets, descended on Wasilla, Alaska immediately after Governor Sarah Palin was introduced as Senator John McCain's running mate. This was immediately followed by patently false reports claiming Palin imposed book bans, joined a fringe political party, charged rape victims for emergency room treatment and cut funding for special needs children.  (Full story at American Spectattor)

SSPX could oust Bishop Williamson, priest says

From Catholic Culture

The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) may expel Bishop Richard Williamson if the outspoken prelate does not renounce his views on the Holocaust, according to a SSPX priest. Father Matthias Gaudron, appearing in a German television interview, said that Williamson had been given until the end of this month to distance himself from Holocaust denial. The bishop's statements, he said, had damaged the SSPX by giving the inaccurate impression that the traditionalist group encourages such views.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the SSPX, has issued a public call for Bishop Williamson to retract his public statements. But he did not mention the possibility of ousting his fellow bishop from the society.

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Rebel priest vows to continue ministry at Brisbane parish despite bishop's order

From Catholic Culture

February 19, 2009

Father Peter Kennedy, who has been removed from his post as pastor of St. Mary's parish in South Brisbane, Australia, has announced that he plans to defy the order from Archbishop John Bathersby and celebrate Mass there this Sunday. Referring to the priest who had been named by the archbishop to take his place, Father Kennedy said: "The people are not going to receive Father Howell." He had earlier described his replacement as "a religious scab," and although he retracted that description, Kennedy continued to say that the people of the rebellious parish community would refuse to accept a new pastor.

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Nationwide Petition Launched To Withhold Communion from Pelosi, Biden and Other Prominent Dissenting Catholics

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February 17, 2009 ( - In the lead-up to Speaker Pelosi's meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, a nationwide petition project was launched requesting the Catholic Bishops of the United States to withhold Communion from her and other prominent Catholics in public life that obstinately persist in their dissent from Catholic teaching on serious moral issues.
This nationwide Withholding Communion petition was launched by, a Catholic News Portal. The goal of the petition drive is to gather a least 1 million petitions for presentation to the U.S. Bishops and the Vatican.

The basis for withholding communion is Canon 915, which stipulates that those "obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion." Archbishop Burke, the head of the Church's highest court, reiterated his view on this subject in a recent interview with LifeSiteNews dated January 30, 2009, in which he stated, "The person who persists publicly in grave sin is to be denied Holy Communion, and it [Canon Law] doesn't say that the bishop shall decide this. It's an absolute." (Full story at LifeSiteNews)

Pope Urges U.S. Catholic Legislators to Defend Life

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In a meeting with Speaker of the House Pelosi he took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church's consistent teaching on the dignity of all human life. 
VATICAN CITY (Zenit) - Benedict XVI is urging legislators to uphold the sanctity of human life according to Church teaching, he affirmed in an meeting with U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Pope received Nancy Pelosi and her entourage briefly today after the general audience, reported a Vatican communiqué.

He "took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church's consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death," the Vatican reported afterward.

The Pontiff added that these teachings "enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.  (Full story at Catholic Online)

Following Meeting with Pope, News of Secret Meeting between Pelosi and her Bishop on Abortion

"Catholic" Pelosi still refuses to submit to Church teaching on abortion: report

By Kathleen Gilbert

SAN FRANCISCO, February 18, 2009 ( - In the wake of House Speaker Pelosi's closed-door meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week, news has erupted that earlier this month Pelosi secretly met with her own bishop, Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, to discuss her stance on abortion.  Pelosi had publicly accepted an invitation to meet with Niederauer after the Speaker attempted to justify abortion in light of Catholic teaching last year during an interview on NBC's Meet the Press.

Michael Voris of Real Catholic TV broke the news today that the promised meeting took place Sunday, February 8 in a third-party home in San Francisco.  Voris reports that Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said that the Speaker described the meeting as "cordial and pleasant ... a fair exchange and good."

When asked whether Pelosi had changed her position on abortion to agree with Catholic teaching, Daly stated, "You won't see that happening.  She is not changing her position on abortion." (Full story at


Obama Will Likely Pick Pro-Abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Health Secretary

Washington, DC ( -- While House officials say President Barack Obama will name pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has been criticized for refusing to limit late-term abortions, as the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.

Once official, her selection would add to Obama's growing pro-abortion record as president.

Obama advisors notified the media late Wednesday that the president has settled on Sebelius as his top choice for the position, though her has not made his decision official.

The New York Times indicates the White House has not finished vetting Sebelius for the post and officials were unsure whether the process would be complete in time for her to be nominated next week.

The newspaper indicated the advisors described Sebelius as the "leading candidate" and said no other potential candidates have been mention, although they insisted the decision is not final.

The president was forced to select someone else for the top post, which could have a significant impact on abortion issues, because his previous selection, pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle, removed his name from consideration after a scandal over his not paying taxes properly. (Full story at