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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Catholic Bishop Troubled by Obama's Nomination of Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebelius

by Steven Ertelt

Kansas City, KS ( -- Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City has quarreled with pro-abortion Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius before. Last year he asked her to no longer receive communion because of her radical pro-abortion views and record and now he's disappointed she may become the next Health Secretary.

Obama recently nominated Sebelius to become the nation's top health official and pro-life advocates are concerned that, in that role, she will advance abortion.

In a new interview with Our Sunday Visitor, Naumann talked about his opposition to her nomination.
He says that groups like Catholic United, that are distorting Sebelius' record to make it appear she is pro-life, are misleading people.

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Archbishop Joseph Naumann Speaks on Governor Sebelius Appointment

We need to pray for all Catholics who serve in public life ...that they will be faithful.

KANSAS CITY, KS (Catholic Online) - Through the last Presidential campaign we covered the heroic, clear and unequivocal position in defense of life taken by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City. When it was rumored that then candidate Barack Obama might select her as his running mate, the Archbishop spoke out.

Out of pastoral concern for Governor Sebelius,to protect children in the womb and to deal with the scandal to the faithful caused by her errant support of legalized abortion, he corrected and admonished the Governor publicly. Now with the news that President Obama has nominated the Kansas Governor to fill the position of Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, the leadership position in the Administration responsible for health care, the Archbishop has written the following column which will appear Friday in the Archdiocesan newspaper "the Leaven:    (Full story at Catholic Online)

Calling Sebelius pro-life is ‘very, very dishonest,’ says Kansas City archbishop

.- Kansas Kathleen Sebelius is the reason the abortion rate in her state has decreased, Archbishop of Kansas City Joseph Naumann noted that due to her 30 year career supporting legalized abortion, the claims are “very, very dishonest.”

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who was recently tapped to become Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, was reprimanded by Archbishop Naumann last year for her support of legalized abortion.  However, despite her pro-abortion “rights” advocacy, some have pointed out that as governor of Kansas, the abortion rate decreased. (Full story at CNA)

Obama taps pro-abortion Catholic for key Cabinet post

March 02, 2009

President Barack Obama has named Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius--a Catholic who has aggressively promoted legal abortion-- to head the federal Deparment of Health and Human Services. Her selection stirred immediate protests from pro-life leaders, who vowed to fight the nomination. Last year Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City said that Governor Kathleen Sebelius should not receive Communion because of her support for legal abortion. The archbishop revealed that he had spoken to Sebelius "several times over many months to discuss with her the grave spiritual and moral consequences of her public actions;" he said that her support for unrestricted abortion sent a "spiritually lethal message" to the public. Obama chose Sebelius after another pro-abortion Catholic, former Senator Tom Daschle, withdrew from consideration for the same post because of revelations that he had failed to pay income taxes.

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AP: Pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius tapped to lead HHS

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is President Barack Obama's choice for secretary of health and human services, a White House source said Saturday.

The source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said Obama will formally announce the nomination on Monday.

The Sebelius pick caps a week in which Obama underscored his resolve to pass a major health care overhaul this year. He issued a challenge to Congress in his speech Tuesday, and followed up Thursday with a budget that requested an eye-popping $634 billion over 10 years, which the administration called a "down payment on coverage for all." This week, Obama will host lawmakers of both parties and representatives of major interest groups, from insurers to drug companies to consumers, at a White House summit on health care reform.

Sebelius, 60, is seen as a solid choice to head HHS because as a governor responsible for the Medicaid program in Kansas, she faced the pressure of rising health care costs directly, and saw how hard it is to expand coverage, particularly in bad economic times. She is also familiar with the insurance industry, a key interest group in the health care debate. Before becoming governor, she served as insurance commissioner, and her fellow state commissioners selected her to be national president of their association.
Abortion foes strongly oppose Sebelius because she once had a reception attended by a late-term abortion provider who now faces criminal charges. Democrats say there was never any doubt that Obama would appoint an HHS secretary who supports abortion rights.  (Full story at Ignatius Insight)

Denver Archbishop: "Very Bad Period of Catechesis" in Church "Bearing Bad Fruit in Our Time"

By Steve Jalsevac

TORONTO, Canada, March 2, 2009 ( - During a LifeSiteNews interview last week, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput stressed that "not nearly enough" US Catholic bishops have been speaking out strongly on the current state of the culture. He also noted that the poor instruction of Catholics over the past 40 years has to a large degree been responsible for many of today's serious problems within US Catholicism, especially the lack of "understanding of the horror of abortion."

Chaput, a prominent US bishop and recent author of "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life.", was interviewed following his breakfast lecture to Toronto businessmen on February 24. The archbishop, who is usually upbeat and gentle mannered, nevertheless, and true to his frankness in Render Unto Caesar, did not beat around the bush on the abortion issue and the responsibilities of Catholics and Catholic leaders in the culture wars.

Asked what could be done to get Catholic pro-abortion politicians to comprehend their faith obligations on the abortion issue, Chaput did not give a reassuring response. He stated, "Apparently, very little can be done because so little seems to have been accomplished."

US Companies Pay the Highest Taxes in the World

By Chris Banescu

It may come as a surprise that US companies pay the highest taxes in the world. Yes, you read that right. American businesses, large and small and across all industries pay from 35% to 41.6% of their income in combined state and federal taxes. The 41.6% maximum rate is scheduled to rise to 46.2% in 2010 when President Obama's promised tax increases are implemented. Compare that to socialist France where companies pay only 34.4% in taxes, to China where the rate is 25%, or Russia which levies a mere 24%. Corporations in Ireland, Europe's fastest growing economy for the
last 18 years, pay just 12.5% in taxes.

Because of its dual taxation system, US businesses and individuals are required to pay both state and federal taxes on their income. When combined both these taxes range from a minimum of 35% in states like Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming that do not tax business income, to a maximum of 41.6% in Iowa, the state with the highest corporate tax rate of 12%. 

Obama as Hitler

 by Kevin McCullough

This week in a bold move the President broke a barrier that his supporters should be quite concerned about. For in doing so he has broken a barrier that should always be seen as sacred. However, this will likely be marginalized by the leftist media that offers it’s blind support regardless of any mastery of facts.

Case and point... Rachel Maddow.

She is MSNBC's less funny and perhaps more butch version of Keith Olbermann. And on this past Friday night she did an entire "bit" on anyone who would compare Obama's policies to socialism as "not very serious people." Of course people seeing the “bit” were a good deal uncertain of Maddow as she herself kept interchanging the terms socialist and communist. But liberals often are confused by facts and frequently either do not understand what they are discussing, or discuss it purposefully with deception. Whatever the case Maddow thought herself witty. (Full story a

The Most Radically Pro-Abortion President in History

The Farce of Global Warming

By Janet Levy

With the Obama administration calling for curbs on greenhouse gas emissions and the nation in the grip of the most severe economic downturn since 1929, it would seem prudent to re-examine the debate on the causes of global warming before tossing aside entire industries and technologies in favor of untried, and possibly infeasible and unprofitable, "green" technologies.

Wholesale acceptance of human-caused global warming does not, in fact, exist. Indeed, many scientists believe that the highly politicized global warming scare is one of the greatest scams inflicted on the planet. They hold it responsible for enforced political restrictions on legitimate scientific inquiry and dissent and feel that a deliberate attempt has been made to silence prominent atmospheric and climate scientists who offer legitimate criticism. (Full story at American Thinker)