Archive for the ‘life’ Category

Obama’s Views Cause Troubles Between Notre Dame, Bishop, Many Catholics

March 25, 2009

President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to give an address at the University of Notre Dame commencement in May.

But his pro-abortion and pro-embryonic stem cell research views have gotten a reactions from some 80,000 to 100,000 Catholics who are protesting in the form of an on line petition.

 Lifting a federal ban on embryonic stem cell research, he said just last night at a news conference, was the “right thing to do” despite criticisms from various quarters.

A White House statement released Tuesday said the president welcomes the “spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues” sparked in the Notre dame community.

But the discussion has spilled over everywhere, with reports in newspapers in London and Rome.

“While he is honored to have the support of millions of people of all faiths, including Catholics with their rich tradition of recognizing the dignity of people, he does not govern with the expectation that everyone sees eye to eye with him on every position,” the White House statement said.

The Catholic Bishop in Notre Dame’s area said he will not attend.

From CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLIT
ICS/03/24/obama.bishop/index.html

From the “Observer,” the student newspaper at Notre Dame:
http://media.www.ndsmcobserver.com/media/s
torage/paper660/news/2009/03/25/News/Bi
shop.White.House.Issue.Responses-3681769.shtml

 Bishop: Notre Dame has ‘chosen prestige over truth’ by inviting Obama

80,000 Sign Petition to Withdraw Invite to Obama

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn't mean the university agrees with all of Obama's positions.

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn’t mean the university agrees with all of Obama’s positions.

Bishop: Notre Dame has ‘chosen prestige over truth’ by inviting Obama

March 24, 2009

The Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, is to boycott the commencement address by Barack Obama at Notre Dame, the famous Catholic university in his diocese. Bishop John M D’Arcy says that, by inviting the fanatically pro-abortion President, Notre Dame has “chosen prestige over truth”.

By Damian Thompson
Telegraph (UK)

What a great man! He may be in his late 70s, but can we have him for Westminster, please?

Here is Bishop D’Arcy’s statement. It is uncompromising and quite magnificent. I imagine it will make uncomfortable reading for Fr John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, who also has to deal with a petition of 80,000 Christians appalled by his choice.

On Friday, March 21, Father John Jenkins, CSC, phoned to inform me that President Obama had accepted his invitation to speak to the graduating class at Notre Dame and receive an honorary degree. We spoke shortly before the announcement was made public at the White House press briefing. It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation.

President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred. While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life. This will be the 25th Notre Dame graduation during my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation. I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Presidency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith “in season and out of season,” and he teaches not only by his words — but by his actions.

My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.I have in mind also the statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004. “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.

Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.

I have spoken with Professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teachers, but in different ways. I have encouraged her to accept this award and take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach.Even as I continue to ponder in prayer these events, which many have found shocking, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth.

Tomorrow, we celebrate as Catholics the moment when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, became a child in the womb of his most holy mother. Let us ask Our Lady to intercede for the university named in her honor, that it may recommit itself to the primacy of truth over prestige.

I wonder how many Bishops of England and Wales would boycott an event hosted by a Catholic institution at which President Obama was the speaker. Bishop O’Donoghue, for sure. But the rest? What do you think?

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/damian_tho
mpson/blog/2009/03/24/notre_dame_
has_chosen_prestige_over_truth_by
_inviting_obama_says_bishop

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/24/we-prayerfully-implore-you-t
o-halt-this-travesty-immediately/

80,000 Sign Petition to Withdraw Invite to Obama

L.A. Times coverage:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/
nation/la-na-obama-notredame25-2009ma
r25,0,7036570.story?track=rss

Republican Steele’s Trouble Over Abortion Comments Continues

March 22, 2009

A Roman Catholic bishop in Indiana will shun a pro-life banquet if Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele addresses the sold-out event, The Washington Times has learned.

The other honoree at the April 16 Vanderburgh County Right to Life (VCRL) banquet is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and the snub by Bishop Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger of Evansville over Mr. Steele could embarrass Mrs. Palin, a hero to pro-lifers, and reverberate throughout the movement.

By Ralph Hallow
The Washington Times

“At this point, the bishop’s intention is not to attend the dinner he would normally attend,” Paul Leingang, communications director for the diocese and editor of its weekly newspaper, the Message, said. “The bishop has had a conversation with Mr. Steele and has informed [VCRL Executive Director Mary Ellen] Van Dyke that his early decision not to attend still stands.”

Mrs. Palin, an evangelical, is twinned with Mr. Steele, a Roman Catholic, as the featured attractions at the banquet, billed as the biggest such event in the nation and expected to attract more than 4,500 people.

Nor will Bishop Gettelfinger be the only prominent area pro-lifer to shun the banquet over Mr. Steele. Evansville Catholic Charities Director Jim Collins also plans to boycott the gathering, saying he was “shocked” by Mr. Steele’s answers on abortion during a recent interview.

In an interview with GQ, published in the latest issue of the magazine, the reporter asked, “Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?” According to GQ, Mr. Steele said, “Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.” The reporter then said, “You do?” and Mr. Steele said, “Yeah. Absolutely.”

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news
/2009/mar/22/bishop-to-shun-addres
s-by-steele/

Stem Cells, Obama, Science, Morality, Taxes, Responsibility

March 9, 2009

One of our regulary readers commented on another site: “Yes, please. Let’s allow scientists to determine what is right and moral; they have such a lack of bias and experience in knowing right from wrong.  I’m sure Dr. Mengele would approve wholeheartedly of such a course of action.”

Well, we aren’t much suprised at the irony of American life: a nation that has food banks for underfed dogs and cats has chosen a course of politial action called “choice,” which is really a birth control measure for those too lazy to use prevention measures wnich results in, many say, human death.

We are in the age of f**k you!

So now we are going to use the human death of some future genertion to keep alive (if the science eventually works) older people suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other fatal illnesses.

Maybe.

And the president who hosted a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” sees no lack of responsibility in abortion and the use of hman tissue for “research.”

Ironic.

Well, the unborn are overtaxed already under the Obama spending, borrowing and debt plan so who cares if the unborn live to pay their tax bill?

We’ll be gone.

Seems America has joined others in the world of the totally selfish….Fiscal responsibility is now the mantra: yet we are burdening our children with debt (if they survive their embrionic stage).

Ironic.

I am sure the Vatican will weigh in on this latest American retreat from morality and that most of the mainstream media will blow off the Pope by saying he supports sexual abuse of children….

Charles Krauthammer siad, “The President hasn’t thought about  this enough.”

Related:

http://eideard.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/obam
a-to-let-health-institute-decide-day-to-day-policy-
on-stem-cells/

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By Rachel Zoll, Ap Religion Writer

A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.

Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region, with Vermont reporting the highest share of those claiming no religion, at 34 percent. Still, the study found that the numbers of Americans with no religion rose in every state.

“No other religious bloc has kept such a pace in every state,” the study’s authors said.

In the Northeast, self-identified Catholics made up 36 percent of adults last year, down from 43 percent in 1990. At the same time, however, Catholics grew to about one-third of the adult population in California and Texas, and one-quarter of Floridians, largely due to Latino immigration, according to the research.

Nationally, Catholics remain the largest religious group, with 57 million people saying they belong to the church. The tradition gained 11 million followers since 1990, but its share of the population fell by about a percentage point to 25 percent.

Christians who aren’t Catholic also are a declining segment of the country.

In 2008, Christians comprised 76 percent of U.S. adults, compared to about 77 percent in 2001 and about 86 percent in 1990. Researchers said the dwindling ranks of mainline Protestants, including Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians, largely explains the shift. Over the last seven years, mainline Protestants dropped from just over 17 percent to 12.9 percent of the population.

The report from The Program on Public Values at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., surveyed 54,461 adults in English or Spanish from February through November of last year. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 0.5 percentage points. The findings are part of a series of studies on American religion by the program that will later look more closely at reasons behind the trends.

The current survey, being released Monday, found traditional organized religion playing less of a role in many lives. Thirty percent of married couples did not have a religious wedding ceremony and 27 percent of respondents said they did not want a religious funeral.

About 12 percent of Americans believe in a higher power but not the personal God at the core of monotheistic faiths. And, since 1990, a slightly greater share of respondents — 1.2 percent — said they were part of new religious movements, including Scientology, Wicca and Santeria.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090309/
ap_on_re/rel_religious_america

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Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/09/anot
her-unhinged-democrat-to-taxpayer-get-the-fk
-out-of-my-office/

Related:
http://nobamablog.wordpress.com/2009/03
/09/obamas-political-munchausen-by-prox
y-syndrome/

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By Philip Pullella

 

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – President Barack Obama‘s lifting of restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research puts him at odds with Pope Benedict and the American Roman Catholic Church.

 

After Obama signed the order on Monday, the Vatican and U.S. and Italian Church leaders condemned the move. One commentator said the test of “a real democracy” was its defense of the most defenseless.

 

Obama’s executive order reversed and repudiated restrictions placed on the research by his predecessor, George W. Bush, freeing labs across the country to start working with the cells, which can give rise to any kind of cell in the body.

 

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee on pro-life activities, called Obama’s decision “a sad victory of politics over science and ethics.”

 

“This action is morally wrong because it encourages the destruction of innocent human life, treating vulnerable human beings as mere products to be harvested,” he added.

 

The Catholic Church, other religious groups and pro-life advocates oppose stem cell research — which scientists hope can lead to cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s — because it involves the destruction of embryos.

 

The Catholic Church supports adult stem….

Read the rest:
http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCa
ndidateFeed2/idUSTRE52933620090310

Early Obama Decision Not Universally Applauded in International Community

January 30, 2009

One of Bill Clinton’s first moves as president showed his belief in gays in the military.  Now Preident Obama has shown he is the pro-abortion president and not everyone is pleased…

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GMA Network, Inc.
Philippines

The Catholic Church in the Philippines will “flex” its muscles against new US president Barack Obama’s reversal of a controversial abortion policy.

Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) assistant secretary Fr. David Clay said Obama’s policy may affect their “pro-life” campaign.

“It’s going to be difficult. Sad to say, it’s going to be a boost for those who are campaigning for abortion,” Clay, an American missionary, said in an article on the CBCP website.

Clay said that in the Philippines, Obama’s decision can also boost the campaign of individuals and groups seeking for the passage of the Reproductive Health bill in the country.

He said the CBCP faces an “uphill battle” in its fight against a bill on maternal health care, which requires the government to push artificial contraception if it becomes a law.

But he said he is not entirely losing hope even if Obama reversed the Mexico City policy, thus making federal money available to promote abortion internationally.

Clay claimed that many people in the US are “very much opposed” to what Obama did and ready to raise their voices against the new US population policy.

Read the rest:
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/146234/
Church-to-flex-muscles-vs-Obama-abortion-policy

Related:
 NBC Rejects Obama Super Bowl Ad and Sexy PETA Veggie Pitch

 Critics of Obama “Arrogance” on Life and Death Issues

NBC Rejects Obama Super Bowl Ad and Sexy PETA Veggie Pitch

January 30, 2009

A popular pro-life video portraying President Obama as an unborn child has been rejected by NBC-TV as an ad during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

By JUlia Duin
The Washington Times

“Imagine Spot 1,” a YouTube video that has amassed more than 700,000 hits since its Jan. 2O premiere on Black Entertainment Television, was submitted earlier this week to NBC by Fidelis, a Chicago-based Catholic organization. Its subsidiary, CatholicVote.org, runs the 30-second spot on its Web site.

Brian Burch, president of Fidelis, said NBC originally responded with a proposal for a package including ads on NBC-owned or operated stations in the country’s top 10 markets plus an additional four cities for a price tag of $1.5 million to $1.8 million. The immensely popular football game is known for the unusual and trendy kinds of ads it attracts.

“We put out the call to our members and large pro-life benefactors who told us they would put up significant dollars to make this happen,” Mr. Burch said. “I was told the ad was approved and then there were a number of attorneys working on it. Then I was told they didn’t want to run political or advocacy ads.”

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2
009/jan/30/nbc-rejects-pro-life-ad-feat
uring-obama/

Video:
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?
fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87440

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NBC Says No to PETS Veggie Super Bowl Ad

By GINA DINUNNO
TV GUIDE

PETA loves promoting their animal-friendly campaigns with smokin’ hot, half-naked chicks, but it turns out NBC isn’t a fan. For a proposed Super Bowl commercial touting vegetarianism, the animal rights group went the scandalous route, featuring women in lingerie doing provocative things with veggies. NBC requested PETA cut the woman “rubbing pelvic region with pumpkin” and the one “screwing herself with the broccoli.” PETA decided to keep their ad and not air it — but still get lots of online attention from people wanting to see the ad too hot for NBC. Well played, PETA.

Video:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tvguide
/398006_tvgif29.html?source=rss

Coral reef growth is slowest ever

January 2, 2009

Coral growth in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has slowed to its most sluggish rate in the past 400 years.

The decline endangers the species the reef supports, say researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

They studied massive porites corals, which are several hundred years old, and found that calcification has declined by 13.3% since 1990.

Global warming and the increasing acidity of seawater are to blame, they write in Science journal.

BBC

Coral reefs are central to the formation and function of ecosystems and food webs for tens of thousands of other marine organisms.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest in the world, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands.

Dr Glenn De’ath and colleagues investigated 328 colonies of massive Porites corals, from 69 locations.

The largest corals are centuries old – growing at a rate of just 1.5cm per year.

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/
nature/7807943.stm