In the upcoming Primary Election, a BINDING BALLOT QUESTION will attempt to force the voters of Pennsylvania to impose a Local Income Tax on themselves!The Ballot Question asks if the voters want a Personal Income Tax, or an Earned Income Tax? The politicians forget the other option?Across Pennsylvania, please spread the word to WRITE IN NO TAX.
The turnout will be small, and politicians are banking on the fact that voters will not be prepared, and will feel forced to either vote for another odious tax, or - at best - abstain. Either way, that new tax would pass. But, if you spread the word, and tell your fellow citizens to write in "NO TAX", then possibly enough voters will do so, and the politicians will be forced to go back and eliminate the wasteful spending that is rampant.
The list of pro-life candidates is on the web site www.lifepac.net
Yet Obama doesn’t really believe the Bible, though he often pretends to. From Obama’s book: I thought of Sasha asking me once what happened when we die—"I don't want to die, Daddy," she had added matter-of-factly—and I had hugged her and said, "You've got a long, long way before you have to worry about that," which had seemed to satisfy her. I wondered whether I should have told her the truth, that I wasn't sure what happens when we die, any more than I was sure of where the soul resides or what existed before the Big Bang (Time).
Obama told liberal religious people “when we shy away from religious venues and religious broadcasts because we assume that we will be unwelcome - others will fill the vacuum, those with the most insular views of faith, or those who cynically use religion to justify partisan ends. In other words, if we don't reach out to evangelical Christians and other religious Americans and tell them what we stand for, then the Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons and Alan Keyeses will continue to hold sway.” (Real Clear Politics)
Some are very odd. This story notes the Richard Perle encounter that allegedly occurred at the White House while Perle was in France. (Weekly Standard) Condoleezza Rice also took shots at the book’s claim on debate leading up to the war, among other things. (FOX News)
Meanwhile, six former CIA officers got publicity for blasting Tenet. The story opens: In a letter written Saturday to former CIA Director George Tenet, six former CIA officers described their former boss as "the Alberto Gonzales of the intelligence community," and called his book "an admission of failed leadership." (CNN)
The Tenet story, from 60 Minutes, with video. (CBS News)
From Andrew McCarthy: The fact remains that, like others in the intelligence community now running for the hills because Iraq has proved more difficult than they may have thought, Tenet is desperate to change the subject from Iraq’s complicity in jihadist terror to Iraq’s fingerprints on 9/11. He carefully tells Pelley that the CIA could never “verify” that Saddam’s regime had anything to do with 9/11. Not, mind you, that the CIA can categorically state that Iraq was uninvolved in 9/11; just that CIA (which, it turns out, can’t verify much of anything) could not verify Iraq’s involvement in those particular attacks. Of course, that’s not the point at all. The point was whether Iraq was working with al Qaeda, not whether it was necessarily aware of and complicit in specific operations like 9/11. Al Qaeda exists — its singular purpose is — to carry out operations against the U.S. If you are helping al Qaeda at all, what on earth do you suppose you’re helping it do? (NRO)
The announcement by Anthony, president of the civil rights organization's Detroit branch, came shortly before the start of the annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner. He said members and supporters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will conduct services and a "eulogy" for the racial slur.
Will hip-hop artists comply?
A new Gallup poll on Iraq. (Gallup) From Ollie North: If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is right, nearly 60 percent of Americans agree with him that the war in Iraq is already lost. And if he is correct in saying that losing the war will increase Democrat majorities in future elections, then it may be fair to conclude that Americans now love losers. I'm not buying any of it -- and neither are the troops who are fighting this war. (Townhall)
From Victor Davis Hanson: Have we forgotten that Nazi Germany was never able to kill 3,000 Americans on our homeland? Did Japan ever destroy 16 acres in Manhattan or hit the nerve center of the U.S. military? Even the Soviet Union couldn't inflict billions of dollars in damage to the U.S. economy in a single day. (Townhall)
Try to tune in on Monday. We kick off the show with John Luftus. He is a former minister who has now rejected Christianity. We will also be joined after by Pastor Eric Park to talk about doubting and sometimes losing your faith. I think it happens to us all at times. It should be interesting to say the least.
Also Shirley Dobson join us to talk about the national day of prayer.
On Tuesday in the 5PM hour we have Jesse Romero. Don't miss him! You can check out his website under the links section. He is a Catholic Evangelist. I bet you thought there was no such thing. I saw him in Pittsburgh last month and it should be a fantastic interview!
We are working very hard to give you the best show in afternoon drive. Please help us spread the word about John & Stephanie weekdays 4-6PM on 101.5 WORD FM in Pittsburgh.
Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., said he would introduce legislation Thursday to put in place a 50 percent tax on major oil companies profits' from crude oil priced at more than $50 per barrel, where it has been trading for most of the past two years. Read more..
Looks like Senator Casey has taken a page from Governor Rendell’s playbook. The federal tax is $0.18 per gallon and the PA state tax is $0.31 a gallon (numbers rounded). Since the state and federal tax rates are higher than the profit margins of the producer, perhaps it is the tax rates that are really gouging consumers.
I have to ask you straight out, do you believe that non-catholic Christians are saved?
Ahhhh, another loaded question. The cheap way out is to say it is not I who decides who is saved, but I won't take that way out.
It's a tough road to travel. Catholicism and Protestantism is not just saying the same thing in different ways. However, once emotion enters the debate nothing is really accomplished. Let me try my best to avoid that and just answer the question.
Catholics and Protestants agree on major issues. Our differences come at fundamental turns in theological development.
Protestants and Catholics believe that salvation is by grace alone, such that all people who will be saved are saved by Christ, and we can rightly say that God is the initiator of salvation and the one who brings the work to completion. Salvation is a free gift and we do not earn it through our works.
Protestants and Catholics also both see faith as a necessary component of salvation. We must trust the one who started the work in us to bring it to completion.
However, Catholics speak of salvation in terms more akin to a process. There is not a single moment which one can point to where you are instantly saved. You can be in a state of Grace but it's not the same as being granted salvation. That is why I am personally against the "sinners prayer". It may be a starting point for some but I think it's a misleading assurance. Indeed, to the Roman Catholic, as long as you are alive on earth, God is still working out your own salvation with you.
Therefore, I don't believe anyone is saved (Protestant or Catholic) before the end of their life. There is God's initiation (baptism) and then there is the response of the human person. This is not a one time deal, but an ongoing relationship made possible by what Jesus did on the cross. With the Protestant, the Catholic wants to emphasize that we need to trust God in this process, which is what faith is. However, the Catholic does not see faith as a single act on a particular date where you know that you have already been saved.
Now if I said right off the bat that I don't believe Protestants are saved I would have been flooded with email. I may be still. You have to understand what that really means before being offended makes you deaf to my words. I also don't believe that I am saved yet. I know someone will email me in BOLD TYPE LETTERS "It is Finished" so save yourself some time. That was Christ speaking about the path to salvation.
The "born again" experience begins with baptism, but continues throughout life until death. Only at the moment of death will the final result be known with absolute certitude. You can debate, and believe all you want, but no one can deny that you won't really know until that moment.
Calling Sheryl Crow "a high profile proponent of the destruction of innocent lives," the Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Louis resigned as head of a children's medical charity that featured the singer for a benefit concert.
Archbishop Raymond Burke resigned as chairman of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation after its board of governors refused to pull the plug on Crow's Saturday concert in St. Louis.
She is "well-known as an abortion activist" and proponent of stem cell research, he said in a statement on Wednesday, and her appearance is "an affront to the identity and mission of the medical center, dedicated as it is to the service of life and Christ's healing mission."
STANDING OVATION FOR THE ARCHBISHOP FROM ME!!!!!
The Roman Catholic church has protested the measure and Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera led a march through the capital last month in opposition. The Archdiocese said Tuesday that it would "evaluate the moral consequences of the reforms" and said Rivera would have no public comment on the vote until Sunday.
The only countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with legalized abortion for all women are Cuba and Guyana. Most others allow it only in cases of rape or when the woman's life is at risk. Nicaragua, El Salvador and Chile ban it completely.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico City lawmakers voted to legalize abortion Tuesday, a decision likely to influence policies and health practices across Mexico and other parts of heavily Roman Catholic Latin America.
The proposal, approved 46-19, with one abstention, will take effect with the expected signing by the city's leftist mayor. Abortion opponents have already vowed to appeal the law to the Supreme Court, a move likely to extend the bitter and emotional debate in this predominantly Catholic nation. Read more..
Offshore Abortion Women's Group is Given License Again
An “abortion ship” is planning to sail to countries where the practice is illegal and take women out to sea for terminations after the Dutch Government lifted restrictions banning it from international waters.
Under the terms of its license, the group is able to sail under the Dutch flag in international waters and hand out “abortion pills” for women up to seven weeks pregnant, causing them to have a miscarriage. Read more..
The film, which cost more than $600,000 to produce, focuses on conflicts that have erupted within the Muslim community in the U.S., Canada, Denmark and France. Read more..
Could it be that PBS is worried that radical Muslims would be offended?
San Francisco Chronicle
Kucinich, a Democrat who is again running for president, said Monday that he will hold a news conference in Washington to discuss his bid to oust Cheney. Kucinich spokeswoman Natalie Laber declined further comment.
On his campaign Web site, Kucinich questions whether the Bush administration's aggressive actions toward Iran already have raised concerns over impeachment. "So I'm asking you, what do you think? Do you think it's time?" Kucinich asks.
No reasons listed, maybe it has something to do with Scottish law.
The lawsuit filed in Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis claims motorists who request the "In God We Trust" plates receive preferential treatment because they do not have to pay a $15 administrative fee that the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles collects. The administrative fees are added to other fees whose proceeds promote the causes of the other specialty plates.
The mayor cannot stop federal authorities from making arrests, Newsom told about 300 mostly Latino members of St. Peter's Church and other religious groups supporting immigrants. But no San Francisco employee will help with immigration enforcement.
Will Mayor Newsom now demand federal funds to help provide services to his new constituency?
The vote, which took place with four observers from Pittsburgh Presbytery present, does not end the matter. The congregation will continue working with a presbytery negotiating team to come up with a proposal for Beverly Heights to keep its building, in exchange for what the presbytery calls "a substantial mission gift." Read more..
By serving on the on the Denominational Concerns Task Force in the Beaver – Butler Presbytery, I am aware of other churches who feel the same way. In the in the Beaver-Butler Presbytery, about 10% of the member churches are withholding all or part of their per-capita as a protest against denominational policies.
In addition to Beverly Heights Presbyterian, I understand that there are 5 other churches in the Pittsburgh Presbytery that may also leave the denomination. Ordination standards, abortion, the enforcement / interpretation of the Presbyterian Book of Order, theological stands and political advocacy by the national denomination seem to be the controversies at the top of the list.
While Pennsylvania bans traditional table games like poker and blackjack that are run by a human dealer, a machine that offers the games can be legal if the odds are random and one player's decisions do not affect another player's odds.
"Now I believe, myself, that the secretary of state, the secretary of defense and you have to make your own decision as to what the president knows: that this war is lost, that the surge is not accomplishing anything"
No this is not Cindy Sheehan saying this it's the Senate Majority Leader!
"I know I was the odd guy out yesterday at the White House, but I at least told him what he needs to hear. … I told George Bush what he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear, I did that and my conscience is great," said Reid.
The Democrat leader in the Senate spoke those words as troops still battle in Iraq.
The paper also said Tehran had started up more than 1,300 centrifuge machines, divided into eight cascades, or networks, in the Natanz complex, in an accelerating campaign to lay a basis for "industrial scale" enrichment.
KDKA radio was one of the stations that initially reported a new bishop of Pittsburgh would be named that day, then corrected it to say it wasn’t going to happen after talking to Father Ron Lengwin, diocesan spokesman.
“We were going on information from both the Associated Press and our correspondent in Rome, who is affiliated with CBS radio and who was instrumental in helping us break the story that Bishop Wuerl was going to Washington last year,” said Marshall Adams, director of news/talk programming at KDKA radio. “Certainly, it was a gamble, but we felt that it was a risk worth taking."
Hank Baughman, news director at WSHH-FM in Pittsburgh, said that every morning he gets a brief rundown of stories that have run overnight on other local radio and TV stations.
“It said, ‘Pope Benedict expected today to name bishop of Pittsburgh,’” Baughman said. “I said, ‘OK.’ So I went with it, as did several other places.”
It make one wonder about the trustworthyness of our news outlets. In the race to get the story sometimes the story just gets made up. I'm sure Pittsburgh will get a Bishop and when it really does happen we will let you know.
Gun-control advocates largely concede they don't have the votes in the General Assembly to pass most of their centerpiece proposals, such as prohibiting people from buying more than one handgun a month or allowing cities to craft their own gun ordinances. Read more..
On par with Planned Parenthood’s campaign mocking “Peace on Earth” with “Choice on Earth” Christmas cards.
A fascinating moment from this story: A teacher who worried about the Virginia Tech killer “said she notified authorities about Cho, but said she was told that there would be too many legal hurdles to intervene.” (ABC News)
From the Wall Street Journal: The mass murder at Virginia Tech is the kind of traumatic event that unleashes a torrent of pop sociology and national psychoanalysis, so allow us to weigh in with a more fundamental explanation: There are evil and psychotic people in this world willing to do great harm to others if they aren't stopped. The dilemma in a free society is how to stop them. (WSJ)
From Medved’s blog: Regardless of the background or motivation of the killer, Virginia Tech reminds us of the most important truth of our time: that terrorist monsters can’t be explained, or excused, or appeased, or ignored, or negotiated into civilized behavior. They must be confronted and destroyed – before they destroy more of the decent and the innocent. (Townhall) A look at those Cho killed. (NY Times)
“Adult sophisticates” – sounds so enlightened!
This year, one violator will stand out: Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who wasn't wearing a seat belt when he was critically injured in an automobile accident last week. Corzine's SUV was going 91 mph in a 65 mph zone just before the crash, according to state police. Read more..
I wonder if PA Gov. Rendell was buckled in when cruising at 100 MPH on the turnpike in 2004?
Killer identified as Cho Seung-Hui, a South Korean native and campus resident.
The following are E-Mail messages sent by the administration of Virginia Tech to the students and faculty. These establish some insight into their notification process and provide a basic time line of events. (All spelling and grammatical errors remain intact).
Date: April 16, 2007 9:26:24 AM EDT
To: Multiple recipients
Subject: Shooting on campus.
A shooting incident occurred at West Amber Johnston earlier this morning. Police are on the scene and are investigating.
The university community is urged to be cautious and are asked to contact Virginia Tech Police if you observe anything suspicious or with information on the case. Contact Virginia Tech Police at 231-6411
Stay attuned to the www.vt.edu. We will post as soon as we have more information.
Date: April 16, 2007 9:50:07 AM EDT
To: Multiple recipients
Subject: PLease stay put
A gunman is loose on campus. Stay in buildings until further notice. Stay away from all windows.
Date: April 16, 2007 10:16:40 AM EDT
To: Multiple recipients
Subject: All Classes Canceled; Stay where you are
Virginia Tech has canceled all classes. Those on campus are asked to remain where there are, lock their doors and stay away from windows. Persons off campus are asked not to come to campus.
Date: April 16, 2007 10:52:45 AM EDT
To: Multiple recipients
Subject: Second Shooting Reported; Police have one gunman in custody
In addition to an earlier shooting today in West Ambler Johnston, there has been a multiple shooting with multiple victims in Norris Hall.
Police and EMS are on the scene.
Police have one shooter in custody and as part of routine police procedure, they continue to search for a second shooter.
All people in university buildings are required to stay inside until further notice.
All entrances to campus are closed.
Date: April 16, 2007 12:41:44 PM EDT
Subject: Shooting at Virginia Tech / Statement by President Charles W. Steger
The university was struck today with a tragedy of monumental proportions. There were two shootings on campus. In each case, there were fatalities. The university is shocked and horrified that this would befall our campus. I want to extend my deepest, sincerest and most profound sympathies to the families of these victims which include students There are 22 confirmed deaths.
We currently are in the process of notifying families of victims. The Virginia Tech Police are being assisted by numerous other jurisdictions. Crime scenes are being investigated by the FBI, University Police, and State Police. We continue to work to identify the victims impacted by this tragedy. I cannot begin to covey my own personal sense of loss over this senselessness of such an incomprehensible and heinous act The university will immediately set up counseling centers. So far centers have been identified in Ambler Johnson and the Cook Counseling Center to work with our campus community and families.
Here are some of the facts we know:
At about 7:15 a.m. this morning a 911 call came to the University Police Department concerning an event in West Amber Johnston Hall. There were multiple shooting victims. While in the process of investigating, about two hours later the university received reports of a shooting in Norris Hall. The police immediately responded. Victims have been transported to various hospitals in the immediate area in the region to receive emergency treatment.
We will proceed to contact the families of victims as identities are available.
All classes are cancelled and the university is closed for the remainder for the today. The university will open tomorrow at 8 a.m. but classes will be cancelled on Tuesday. The police are currently staging the release of people from campus buildings.
Families wishing to reunite with the students are suggesed to meet at the Inn at Virginia Tech. We are making plans for a convocation tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon at Cassell Coliseum for the university community to come together to begin to deal with the tragedy.
Date: April 16, 2007 4:31:29 PM EDT
Subject: Campus Update on VT Shootings
Virginia Tech remains closed on Monday, April 16, 2007. Vehicular entrances to campus are severely restricted to essential personnel only. Additional security remains on campus as the investigation continues.
Counseling assistance for students in available at West Ambler Johnston and McComas Hall until 9 p.m. tonight. Students are encouraged to utilize these services. Counseling for faculty and staff is available at the Bowman Room in the Merriman Center (athletic complex). Student may also be together at the Old Dominion Ballroom at Squires Student Center.
The university will also close on Tuesday, April 17. Essential personal are to report for work. Classes will be canceled.
A public gathering will be held Tuesday, April 17 at Cassell Coliseum at 2 p.m. (a time change from the originally scheduled 10 a.m. gathering).
All students are urged to contact their parents as soon as possible to let them know individuals are safe.
Students, faculty, and staff who may have any information related to the incident at West Amber Johnston Hall and Norris Hall are encouraged to go to the Blacksburg Police Department to make statements, or call 540-231-TIPP (8477), or 231-6411.
Parents with concerns are asked to call the Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787.
Individuals injured in the two shootings have been taken to area hospitals.
Speaking of government, the five largest employers in PA are:
1. The Federal Government
2. The State Government
4. The City of Philadelphia
5. The Philadelphia School System
Wasn’t it the environmentalists that pushed for this?
The U.S. Senate voted 63 to 34 to approve legislation (S. 5) that would force taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research even though it requires the destruction of human life. Sen. Casey voted with the 34 against this bill - he voted pro-life. Please thank him.
They need 67 votes to override the expected President's veto, so Sen. Casey's vote was very important!
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Sen. Specter was a co-sponsor and voted for this bill with the pro-aborts and he needs to hear how displeased we are with him.
The measure will head to a conference committee where members of the House and Senate will put together a final version of the bill to send to President Bush. However, once he receives the bill, which is similar to one he vetoed last year, the president has indicated he would veto it.
The House passed its version of this legislation in Jan. by a vote of 253-174, 32 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for an override of the president's veto. After President Bush vetoes this bill, the Senate is expected to vote on whether to override the veto, and a very close vote is expected. If two-thirds of the Senators present vote to override, the House then will vote on whether to override. It is expected that the House will not override the veto.
CBS President Les Moonves wrote to his staff "In taking him off the air, I believe we take an important and necessary step not just in solving a unique problem, but in changing that culture, which extends far beyond the walls of our company.” (FOX News)
Great but CBS is owned by Viacom, which seemed to have little problem with the constantly insulting Howard Stern. They made a ton of money off ofensive radio even in the local markets including Pittsburgh. In fact they are still doing it with the launch of raunch radio 93.7 in Pittsburgh.
Speaking of “culture” problems, Simon and Schuster which, according to the publisher’s own website, is the “publishing operation of CBS corporation” is the same company that pushed a book about oral sex for kids two years ago. (USA Today)
Viacom also controls a good chunk of the rap industry while at the same time pushing networks like Nickeloden to kids.
From Time Magazine: Imus crossed a line, boorishly, creepily, paleolithically. But where is that line nowadays? (Time) Bozell asks “where were these people when the subject was gangsta rap? Arrogant and profane multimillionaires routinely insult and deride people, especially black women, with language one hundredfold more offensive than anything that ever came out of the I-Man's mouth?” (Townhall) S
Some Democrats are worried about the loss of Imus. (LA Times) From Medved: when all the avatars of political correctness work themselves into a frothing lynch mob frenzy over a minor (though unjustifiable) offense, it’s hard not to feel sorry for the guy. The level of public indignation and self-righteous hysteria clearly exceeds the intensity of the offense. (Townhall) Medved, Prager and Hewitt discussed the mess on the air. (Townhall) Meanwhile, Jason Whitlock says of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton “If judged by the results they’ve produced the last 20 years, you’d have to regard their administration as a total failure. Seriously, compared to Martin and Malcolm and the freedoms and progress their leadership produced, Jesse and Al are an embarrassment.” (AOL)
This certainly takes the “trust” out of a Trust Fund.
There is a looming generational shift among the nation's bishops, whose decisions at the local level greatly affect Catholics in the pews. Key appointments are expected in New York, Baltimore and Detroit, and retirements or appointments are likely in at least seven other archdioceses including right here in Pittsburgh.
So far, Benedict has appointed former Pittsburgh Bishop Donald Wuerl to the prestigious Washington, D.C., archdiocese, and he chose former San Francisco Archbishop William Levada as his successor to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog. Levada is the highest-ranking American ever at the Vatican.
While faithful to Rome, neither man has a hard-line reputation. Wuerl refused to withhold Communion from Catholic legislators who support legal abortion. In 2004, a few vocal Catholic bishops spoke out against Catholic politicians who take stances in conflict with church teaching, particularly on abortion. This next election cycle, it's a Catholic Republican and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani who clashes with the church on abortion and gay marriage. He also is twice divorced, though one marriage was later annulled.
Another development to watch: the results of a review begun in 2005 by Vatican-appointed investigators of 229 U.S. Catholic seminaries for evidence of a gay culture and faculty dissent from church teaching. .
Only 4 months into Congressman Altmire’s term and already public interest expressed by Lynn Swann and former Congresswoman Melissa Hart to run for this seat.
In case you are wondering, yes I'm laughing.
The following text is a statement by President Bush:
"Scientists believe that stem cells have the potential for medical breakthroughs in treating debilitating medical diseases and disorders. However, the advancement of science and medicine need not conflict with the ethical imperative to protect every human life. I am a strong supporter of scientific research -- which is why I authorized the first federal funding for research on embryonic stem cells, under careful safeguards, starting in 2001.
My policy unleashed an unprecedented scientific effort using the stem cell lines my policy approved for funding. While encouraging -- not banning -- research, my policy also ensures that federal funds are not used to create incentives to destroy, or harm, or create living human embryos for purposes of research.
The Senate today voted in support of legislation to overturn these safeguards. I believe this will encourage taxpayer money to be spent on the destruction or endangerment of living human embryos -- raising serious moral concerns for millions of Americans.
Research using human embryonic stem cells is still at an early stage, and it will be years before researchers know how much promise lies in therapeutic applications. I believe this early stage is precisely when it is most important to develop ethically responsible techniques, so the potential of stem cells can be explored without violating human dignity and life.
S.5 is very similar to legislation I vetoed last year. This bill crosses a moral line that I and many others find troubling. If it advances all the way through Congress to my desk, I will veto it.
Meanwhile, exciting and significant scientific advances have been reported over the past few years on uses of stem cells that do not involve the destruction of embryos. These advances using adult and other forms of stem cells are exciting. Some have even produced effective therapies and treatments for disease -- all without the destruction of human life.
The second bill that passed the Senate today, the Hope Act, builds on this ethically appropriate research by encouraging further development of these alternative techniques for producing stem cells without embryo creation or destruction. I strongly support this bill, and I encourage the Congress to pass it and send it to me for my signature, so stem cell science can progress, without ethical and cultural conflict."
When: April 21 , 2007 from 8 AM to 9:30 AM.
Topics: 1) The vision of Catholic Men's Minsitry by Rev James Wehner STD
2) Developing and maintaining parish based men's fellowship groups
Where: Church of St Paul, 820 Carbon Road, Greensburg PA 15601
Father Euteneuer was responding to Tuesday's press reports that Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva ratified a measure liberalizing Portugal's restrictive abortion laws. Portugal is one of Europe's most Catholic countries.
The law had been promoted by Prime Minister Jose Socrates and passed by Parliament in February to bring Portugal more "up to date" with its European neighbors. Socrates called the old laws "backward" and a "national disgrace."
Father Euteneuer responded by saying, "Any move liberalizing abortion is not human progress. That move, not the protection of life, is the genuine step backwards. HLI condemns this action in the strongest possible terms. History will remember Socrates as the one who gave Portuguese babies the cup of hemlock and Cavaco Silva as the one who signed their death warrants."
In the 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, Senator Specter received support and endorsements from “Pro-Life” office holders including President Bush and Senator Santorum. We in the Pro-Life community were told that “Specter is with us when it counts.”
In 2006, U.S. Senate candidate Casey received support from “Pro-Choice” office holders including Governor Rendell and former Vice President Gore. I understand that Pro-Choice groups were told to “Hold your nose and vote for Casey.”
Is anyone surprised that strategies like these ultimately lead to the results noted above?
Is it just me, or is this about the millionth study group commissioned to study the population loss and “brain drain” in Pittsburgh and in PA? This isn’t rocket science - young people go where the jobs are. Reducing PA’s business taxes to match OH, WV, MD, DE, NJ and NY business tax rates is an overdue first step.
CBS Radio has made a fortune off of pushing the envelope. They hire guys to be outrageous and only act moral when one of those guys jumps over that imaginary line of decency. They did it for years with Howard Stern and would still be doing it if Howard had not been feed up with CBS himself.
Imus will not be fired. In my opinion he shouldn't be. He is doing the job CBS pays him to do. What he said was rude, offensive and uncalled for. Yet it's not much different from what Imus says everyday on his show. It's why people listen. They want that uncomfortable laugh while thinking "I can't believe I just heard that."
Imus has the biggest promotion for his show going right now. The day after his suspension he will have the largest audience tuning in to hear him. Personally, I'd would rather let people speak their minds. If you are racist, be racist. Tell me what you think. It will then be up to me to decide if I want to spend any moment of my life listening to you.
If you speak long enough, you are bound to say something stupid. Offending someone is not a capital crime, no matter how offensive the words may be. Fire the man because he is not talented. Fire the man because no one listens to his show. Fire the man because CBS suddenly gets a conscience and refuses to air garbage anymore. But don't fire the man to appease people who jump in front of a camera every time a racial topic comes up.
That's my take.
Scandals seem to abound in all churches. Everything from sexual misconduct to the gross misuse of money. From the ordination of homosexuals to the abuse of trust and power. It's not hard to understand why so many distrust the church.
These days there are many other paths a seeker might choose-not only other churches (all of which have their own share of sorrows), but an honest, individual, inquiring search that might or might not end up leaving the searcher open to the truths of the gospel. Such an individualistic course is a great loss where the life of the sacraments and spiritual counsel is concerned; but I can see how someone might end up there. In fact, I know many people in that same place. One woman was offended by a priest over 20 years ago and has never returned to church. Jesus’ own denunciation of the scribes and Pharisees, the representatives of organized religion at the time, can-and should-be understood as a criticism of a similarly complacent and self-satisfied Christianity.
Despite the failings of the institution, we must remain committed to it and influenced by holy men and women who were themselves nourished by a church that has many flaws but also many saints. A rich experience of the church can anchor you, despite the frustrations. The cowardice of men should never be allowed to drive people away from the Church the Christ started.
Yet too many people don't have that experience and knowledge of the church, the depth and tradition. The state of preaching in Catholicism and the level of serious adult education are usually abysmal. If your experience is confined to your parish, your priest, and, marginally, your diocese when you see corruption, and a way of living that contradicts the gospel, it is easy to see why someone might reasonably say, “No thanks; I’ll look elsewhere.” And while it is tempting to blame the people who wander away, it really isn't that simple. The church, and those of us who are supposed to represent it, are responsible.
I have recently seen a change in my narrow field of view. People are beginning to ask honest questions about the Catholic church and it's teaching and discover the complete opposite of what they expected. I can only hope this is the beginning of a positive change and return to the vault of truth that can be be corrupted by any man.
For more than 100 million readers, his unique brand of humor will be missed, and in particular, his ability to make serious points with the lightest touch. As Mark Twain said, "The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow."
Casey, who is Catholic and opposed to abortion, said in a statement released Monday he doesn't support the bill because "I remain opposed to federal funding for research that involves the destruction of living embryos."
As he said in his campaign last year, Casey noted he continues to support funding for other types of stem cell research that don't involve the destruction of embryos, such as umbilical and adult stem cells. He also said in the campaign that he supported Bush's ban. Read more..
Congratulations to Senator Casey for standing firm and resisting internal party pressure.
Daniel Herzog informed Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of his decision in a March 29 letter. He asked to be removed from the ordained ministry of the Episcopal Church.
Herzog, who had retired from the diocese in January, had disagreed with the liberal direction of The Episcopal Church, including the 2003 consecration of the first openly homosexual bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
Herzog was the second Albany bishop to recently switch affiliations. The diocese announced March 5 that a retired assistant bishop, David Bena, was transferring to the theologically conservative Anglican Church of Nigeria.
The Episcopal Church is the U.S. wing of the global Anglican Communion. The world fellowship of churches, which trace their roots to the Church of England, is on the verge of splitting up over conflicting interpretations of biblical verses on sexuality, truth, salvation and other issues.
The comments of a senior Russian career military officer in this context are most disturbing, and a much closer look is warranted. Reportedly, General Ivashov was the Chief-of-Staff of the Russian armed forces when 9/11 occurred. General Ivashov’s biography is that of a consummate, professional, career Russian military officer. Yet, from his mouth propagates the core basis of the ludicrous nonsense coming from the political left and the loony conspiracy theorists, which stands in stark contrast to the military and strategic principles of the Russian Military Doctrine published in April 2000. The propagated nonsense asserts that the events of September 11, 2001 were actions initiated by the United States government, that Islamist terrorism is a non-existent figment of our imagination and every other social, political and economic force in the world is part of a grand scheme, a grand conspiracy of America and her allies to conquer and enslave the world.
At this point some folks might be rolling off their easy chair in laughter. Folks like Cindy Sheehan, Nancy Pelosi and other friends of Hugo, Mahmud and Bashar. If this is you as well, then when you regain control of yourself – consider the following. This Russian general, his senior leadership and their allies really believe these things are truth. This Russian mindset and worldview meshes quite seamlessly with that of the Shi’a apocalyptic views of the Iranian regime. This senior Russian military officer is saying publicly that which manifests how they truly view America, Israel and the West in general. Once again Russia is aligning itself not with the West but with the East, and now with the South, with Islamofascism. The tangible proof of the real Russian agenda is manifest in the ongoing nuclear proliferation and massive arms sales to the Islamic Republic of Iran and their socialist Alawite Shi’a allies in Syria. Russia has joined the Axis of Evil by any measure applied. Russia has aligned itself with those who seek to destroy our way of life. We had better take notice because while Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, Russia already has them in the thousands. Those Russian weapons are now the effective global strategic depth of Iran and Syria. Is Nancy Pelosi following any of this?
General Ivashov was quoted by the Russian Interfax news agency saying that not only are US plans to attack Iran still on track for this month, but that our strike will include a nuclear first strike upon Iran. Citing “our data” - which can only mean Russian government intelligence assessments – General Ivashov said “Combat nuclear weapons may be used for bombing. This will result in radioactive contamination of the Iranian territory, which could possibly spread to neighboring countries.
What does all this mean? This Russian government mouthpiece has said that America intends to launch Armageddon! General Ivashov continued, “If Iran strikes back at Israel with missiles, Tel-Aviv is likely to use nuclear weapons on Iran.” Read for yourself.
If this is not a Russian government sanctioning of an Iranian or even a Russian-Iranian-Syrian preemptive strike upon America, Israel and our Western allies, then I do not know what is. I do know that the danger we face today is as great as anytime since the Cuban Missile crisis, perhaps all the more so.
This makes for an unserved arrest warrant for 1 out of every 9 Pennsylvanians.
Disney had allowed gay couples to take part in its vow renewals program but excluded them from buying wedding packages by requiring a valid marriage license from California or Florida, which do not permit or recognize gay marriages. Read more..
I wonder if this is what Walt envisioned in 1955 in Anaheim?
March 31st marked the second anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, who died after being denied nutrition and hydration for two weeks. The manner of death was certified as "undetermined".
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a friend of the Schindler family, said, "Terri's case remains shrouded in massive ignorance."Most mainstream media outlets claimed that Terri was "terminally ill" or "on life support" but she breathed without a respirator and doctors agreed that she was likely to live for many years.
Pavone said, "She was brain-injured, and therefore some thought she was disposable. The cause of her death - dehydration - was deliberately introduced. That's called killing. While there is such a thing as a useless treatment, there is no such thing as a useless life."
In February 1990, Terri Schiavo collapsed under medical circumstances that were never fully explained. She was left disabled and dependent upon care and assisted nutrition and hydration. In 1998, her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, petitioned the Pinellas County Circuit Court to remove her feeding tube. Terri's parents fought the order, however, saying that she responded to them and was conscious. After seven years, 14 legal appeals; innumerable motions, petitions, investigations, and hearings; legislation passed and overturned and even appeals from the Vatican, Michael Schiavo won the final case and Terri died march 31, 2005, after surviving two weeks without fluids.
Letters and appeals poured in from around the world to try to save her, and the Terri Schiavo case became synonymous with the struggle between the euthanasia movement and advocates of the sanctity of life. Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, begged Florida officials to allow Terri to live. "She will die a horrible and cruel death," The Cardinal said, "She will not simply die; she will have death inflicted upon her over a number of terrible days even weeks . . . how is it that this woman, who has done nothing wrong, will suffer a fate which society would never tolerate in the case of a convicted murderer or anyone else convicted of the most horrendous crimes?"
Shortly after Terri's death, Fr. Pavone, who was with her up to five minutes before, recalled, "Do you know that police officers were standing over that bed at every moment, every moment - armed police officers - making sure we didn't dip our hands in that water and put it on her tongue. Armed police officers enforcing the culture of death." Who do we serve and protect?