ACTION ITEM! POLL ALERT! Wisconsin Judge strikes down law requiring abortion docs to have hospital privileges | Fr. Z’s Blog

ACTION ITEM! POLL ALERT! Wisconsin Judge strikes down law requiring abortion docs to have hospital privileges

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

At the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel there is a poll about a recent decision of a federal judge (an Obama appointee, probably raised Catholic HERE) to strike down a law requiring that doctors performing abortions (aka infanticide) also have admitting privileges to hospitals.

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WORTH REVISITING: Life or Death: A Four-Year- Old Chooses

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The following is a true story of a four-year-old Catholic child, in a coma, following a serious car accident.

Chandra was still not conscious when she began to speak to her parents in the ICU unit. She spoke as if in a dream, describing a big room with two doors where she sat waiting with several other people. She explained that she had to decide which door she wanted to walk through. A really nice man, dressed in white smiled at her and told her that she was completely free to walk through either door. One door would bring her back to her life on earth. If she liked, she could across the room, take the nice man’s hand and walk through the other door.

In the beginning, Chandra spoke weakly, in a disjointed manner insisting that the nice man loved her so much that she wanted to be with…

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Saying “Yes” to Mary, Who Perfectly Said “Yes” to the Father, Through St. Gabriel

Marian Apostolate

The-Annunciation1Just two days ago, March 25th, the Church celebrated the marvelous Solemnity of the Annunciation.  In is interesting to note the biological accuracy of the date which has been attributed to this Solemnity, relative to the date ascribed to the celebration of the Nativity, the Birth of Christ, on December 25th – which is exactly nine months after the Annunciation.  This, then, is in keeping with the biological accuracy of the nine-month gestation period that is typical of all expectant mothers.  Further, it seems to this author that the Fathers, in arranging the liturgical calendar, took great care to pay keen attention to the details, ensuring that the celebrations not only corresponded to the various seasons of the year that were or are most representative of the theme of the celebration, and – of course – in accord with the historicity of events whose historical dates are known,  but also, and most importantly, to the very rhythm of…

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Celebrating St. Joseph: Patron and Model of Perfect Devotion to Our Lady

Marian Apostolate

Josephby Jayson M. Brunelle, M.Ed, CAGS

On this marvelous Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church, it is critical that we turn our attention to St. Joseph at this pivotal moment in our nation’s history.  St. Joseph is, for each of us, the perfect example of one who is entirely, whole-heartedly devoted to Christ Jesus, and this through his perfect devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.

Indeed, we can ask ourselves, what is the essence of total consecration?  Certainly, the great Marian Saints Louis Marie de Montfort and Maximilian Mary Kolbe made every effort to underscore the totality and unreserved nature of this “gift” of one’s self to the Blessed Virgin via the use of such expressions as “slave,” “possession and property.”  While these beautiful phrases presented by the Marian “giants” certainly convey the radical extent to which they, themselves, went in offering themselves – body and soul; intellect and will; all…

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An Amazing Story about the Real Presence!

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Nature’s Evidence of the Real Presence.

by  Father Albert J. Byrne

“On the evening of the last day of his October 1995 visit to the United States, Pope John Paul II was scheduled to greet the seminarians at Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. It had been a very full day that began with a Mass at Oriole Park in Camden Yards; a parade through downtown streets; a visit to the Basilica of the Assumption, the first cathedral in the country; lunch at a local soup kitchen run by Catholic Charities; a prayer service at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in North Baltimore; and finally a quick stop at Saint Mary’s Seminary.

The schedule was tight so the plan was simply to greet the seminarians while they stood outside on the steps. But the Pope made his way through their ranks and into the building. His plan was to first…

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Vatican says UN must act to protect Middle East Christians

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(Vatican Radio) The Vatican on Friday told the United Nations Security Council that Christians are facing an “existential fear” in the Middle East.

The Security Council was hosting an open debate on “The victims of attacks and abuses on ethnic or religious grounds in the Middle East”.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, said urged the international community to do all it can to prevent further victims of attacks and abuses for ethnic and/or religious grounds.

“Faced with the unbearable situation of living in a conflict zone controlled  by terrorist and extremist organizations who constantly threaten them with death, and  with a  deep sense of feeling abandoned to their fate, by the legitimate authorities and the International  Community,  entire communities of Christians, especially from Northern Iraq,  have been brutally  forced to flee their homes and they have sought refuge in the Kurdistan region…

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South Africa’s Benedict Daswa to be beatified 13 September 2015

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The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference have announced Friday that Benedict Daswa will be beatified on 13 September 2015 at Thohoyandou Venda in Limpopo, South Africa. The Beatification Mass will be celebrated by Pope Francis’ representative, Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. This was announced by SACBC’s Fr. Fr Smilo Mngadi.

Benedict Daswa was born in 1946 in the village of Mbahe and was baptised as a Catholic on April 21, 1963. He trained as a primary school teacher and went on to become principal of Nweli Primary School. In 1980 he married Shadi who converted to Catholicism and they went on to have eight children.

Described as a highly skilled educator and an exemplary husband and father, Daswa was involved in the parish community as catechist, liturgical animator, promotor of works of charity and a builder of justice and peace.


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