Saturday, May 29, 2010

St. Isaac Jogues in Manhattan

There Were Only Two Catholics in the City of New Amsterdam

If you go over to the eastern side of Fish Island you will find an isolated and stunted pine, which is known far and wide as " Captain Kidd's Tree," and you may have to listen to all sorts of gruesome tales about how the bold buccaneer buried his treasures somewhere in the soil and left them to the care of the Prince of Darkness.

It is curious that Captain Kidd and Father Isaac Jogues, who are poles away from each other morally, should meet on this little green spot in the Hudson.

After six days the ship reached New York, and the Governor gave Joques a most honorable reception, seating him beside the Dominie at table, providing for his wants, and changing his ragged and half savage costume for a civilized dress. Naturally the presence of a priest and a Jesuit on Manhattan Island, especially with all the marks of his terrible sufferings upon him, caused a profound sensation among the colonists.

They crowded around him to ask about his captivity, and it is narrated that, on one occasion, a young man fell at his feet and, kissing the mangled hands of the priest, exclaimed: " Martyr of Jesus Christ! Martyr of Jesus Christ!" "Are you a Catholic?" asked Jogues. " No, I am a Lutheran, but I recognize you as one who has suffered for the Master."

There were only two Catholics in New York at that time —one the Portuguese wife of the Ensign, who, singularly enough, had a picture of St. Aloysius in her room; the other an Irishman who had come up from Maryland. He gave Father Jogues intelligence about the Jesuits there and profited by the occasion to perform his religious duties.

Link (here) to portion of the book entitled Isaac Joques, S.J.: Discover of Lake George

(here) Fr. Z's post on kissing the hand of a priest.

Painting of St. Isaac Jogues, S.J. martyrdom at the hands of the Mohawk Indians

Friday, May 28, 2010

Obamanomics at "Work"

Next time you here the administration claim that unemployment is decreasing, remember the following.

Two more Census workers blow the whistle
Last Updated: 1:23 AM, May 25, 2010
Posted: 12:42 AM, May 25, 2010
by John Crudele

You know the old saying: "Everyone loves a charade." Well, it seems that the Census Bureau may be playing games.
Last week, one of the millions of workers hired by Census 2010 to parade around the country counting Americans blew the whistle on some statistical tricks.
The worker, Naomi Cohn, told The Post that she was hired and fired a number of times by Census. Each time she was hired back, it seems, Census was able to report the creation of a new job to the Labor Department.
Below, I have a couple more readers who worked for Census 2010 and have tales to tell.
But first, this much we know.
Each month Census gives Labor a figure on the number of workers it has hired. That figure goes into the closely followed monthly employment report Labor provides. For the past two months the hiring by Census has made up a good portion of the new jobs.
Labor doesn't check the Census hiring figure or whether the jobs are actually new or recycled. It considers a new job to have been created if someone is hired to work at least one hour a month.
One hour! A month! So, if a worker is terminated after only one hour and another is hired in her place, then a second new job can apparently be reported to Labor . (I've been unable to get Census to explain this to me.)
Here's a note from a Census worker -- this one from Manhattan:
"John: I am on my fourth rehire with the 2010 Census.
"I have been hired, trained for a week, given a few hours of work, then laid off. So my unemployed self now counts for four new jobs.
"I have been paid more to train all four times than I have been paid to actually produce results. These are my tax dollars and your tax dollars at work.
"A few months ago I was trained for three days and offered five hours of work counting the homeless. Now, I am knocking (on) doors trying to find the people that have not returned their Census forms. I worked the 2000 Census. It was a far more organized venture.
"Have to run and meet my crew leader, even though with this rain I did not work today. So I can put in a pay sheet for the hour or hour and a half this meeting will take. Sincerely, C.M."
And here's another:
"John: I worked for (Census) and I was paid $18.75 (an hour) just like Ms. Naomi Cohn from your article.
"I worked for about six weeks or so and I picked the hours I wanted to work. I was checking the work of others. While I was classifying addresses, another junior supervisor was checking my work.
"In short, we had a "checkers checking checkers" quality control. I was eventually let go and was told all the work was finished when, in fact, other people were being trained for the same assignment(s).
"I was re-hired about eight months later and was informed that I would have to go through one week of additional training.
"On the third day of training, I got sick and visited my doctor. I called my supervisor and asked how I can make up the class. She informed me that I was 'terminated.' She elaborated that she had to terminate three other people for being five minutes late to class.
"I did get two days' pay and I am sure the 'late people' got paid also. I think you would concur that this is an expensive way to attempt to control sickness plus lateness. I am totally convinced that the Census work could be very easily done by the US Postal Service.
"When I was trying to look for an address or had a question about a building, I would ask the postman on the beat. They knew the history of the route and can expand in detail who moved in or out etc. I have found it interesting that if someone works one hour, they are included in the labor statistics as a new job being full.
"I am not surprised that you can't get any answers from Census staff; I found there were very few people who knew the big picture. M.G."
When I received my Census form in the mail, I filled it out. Nobody had to knock on my door.
I answered truthfully about the number of people living in my household. But I could have just as easily dou bled the number. Why not? Didn't Census ad vertisements imply that my community would get more federal money if the popula tion were larger?
I'm glad people are finding work with the Census. For some it's the only work they have had this year and the chump change they are making for a few hours' work is a godsend.
But wasting taxpayers' money on busywork isn't going to do much for the economy.
Read more:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dissent Springs Eternal in Manhattan Parish

An evening with Kerry Kennedy author of Being Catholic Now.
Wednesday, June 2nd 7:00 PM
Main Church [Will they remove the Blessed Sacrament?]
Suggested Donation $15.00

Her life has been devoted to the vindication of equal justice, to the promotion and protection of basic rights, and to the preservation of the rule of law. At a time of diminished idealism and growing cynicism about public service, her life and lectures are testaments to the commitment to the basic values of human rights.
[This is a woman who claims to be Catholic and yet believes the legalized murder of innocent human life in the womb is a basic value and human right. It's no surprise that she is allowed by Fr. Joseph Constantino, S.J. to speak at St. Francis Xavier parish. The parish has long promoted immoral lifestyles. Tom Peters recently exposed this here. ]

Pray for the parish and contact

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Archbishop Hannan of New Orleans

Born on 20 May 1913 and ordained on 8 December 1939, Fr. Philip Matthew Hannan served as curate at St. Mary Mother of God on 5th and H Street NW in Washington, DC during the late 1940's.
He was ordained titular bishop of Hieropolis for the Archdiocese of Baltimore-Washington on 28 August 1956. Appointed to New Orleans on 29 September 1965, during the second Vatican Council, he ministered to that church as its ordinary until 6 December 1988.

Deacon Gregory Kandra shares this anecdote:

"When I was growing up in Rockville, Maryland in the 1960s, there was a a large patch of farmland nearby that was owned by a family named Hannan. Part of the land was sold off for a subdivision -- the main street through the development is now called "Hannan's Way" -- but the rest was donated to the Archdiocese of Washington with two conditions: it would be used for a church, and the church would be named for the family patriarch, Patrick.

That was how I came to grow up in a new parish, St. Patrick's, where I first served as an altar boy some 40 years ago. And that was how I also developed an unusual connection to another member of that storied family, the legendary Archbishop of New Orleans, Philip Hannan. He was in Rockville for the dedication of St. Patrick's in the late 1960s, along with another legend, (and another Patrick) Washington's Archbishop O'Boyle."

Archbishop Hannan has seen it all with the New Orleans Saints
By Peter Finney

May 23, 2010

"The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots."
It's a new book, the life story of Philip Hannan, who went from serving as the parachute-jumping chaplain of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II, to the "say-a-prayer-for-us" chaplain of the New Orleans Saints during their journey from pro football's laughingstock to Super Bowl champions.Ellis Lucia/The Times-PicayuneArchbishop Hannan has seen the New Orleans Saints rise to the top of pro football, and is the subject of a new book.
It's the story of someone who grew up an avid baseball fan of the Washington Senators, who gave the eulogy at the funeral of his friend, President John Kennedy, before arriving here in 1965, on the winds of Hurricane Betsy, then later found himself, wearing overalls and his old combat boots, offering help and comfort to hundreds following visits by Hurricanes Camille and Katrina.
At 97, Archbishop Hannan is still with us, perhaps the only living member of a fan club that rooted for Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.
"They called him 'The Big Train' because he was so fast and overpowering," Archbishop Hannan recalled. "One sports writer wrote he could throw three strikes at a time. He was my hero. When I was 11, I wrote him a letter, praising his pitching and sportsmanship. When he sent back a quick response, I couldn't believe it. He wrote: 'Dear Philip, I'm very grateful for your kind letter and appreciate your support.'"
In the seventh game of the 1924 World Series against the New York Giants, Hannan was in the stands at Griffith Stadium, watching Johnson come in to pitch four scoreless innings in relief to close out the championship.
"It was one of the greatest days of my young life," he said. "I remember my dad say batters, hampered by nightfall, saw only his release, not delivery. They knew they struck out only after hearing the ball pop into the catcher's mitt."
It didn't take baseball fanatic Philip Hannan long to realize, when it came to sports, New Orleans was a different cup of tea.
"As a religion," he said, "I found out football ranked just behind Catholicism."
Ted Jackson/The Times-PicayuneArchbishop Philip Hannan, with New Orleans Saints owner Rita Benson LeBlanc and President George H. Bush, wish kicker Garrett Hartley well before the NFC championship game at the Superdome. On Nov. 1, 1966, All Saints Day, he was looking at the size of the headline in The Times-Picayune on page one - "N.O. GOES PRO'' - wondering if World War III had been declared.
Soon after, he was receiving a call from Gov. John McKeithen, who told him they wanted to name the team "Saints" because of the song, "When the Saints Go Marching In."
"Would that be sacrilegious?"
"I told the governor I'd have no objection. But I quickly added, from the viewpoint of the Church, most of the Saints were martyrs."
Considering what was to come, it was highly appropriate.
So was the archbishop's prayer for the expansion Saints of 1967, preparing to face the Los Angeles Rams in the opening game before a sellout crowd of 80,879 in Tulane Stadium:
"God, we ask your blessing upon all who participate in this event, and all who have supported our Saints. Our Heavenly Father, who has instructed us that the saints by faith conquered kingdoms and overcame lions, grant our Saints an increase of faith and strength so that they will not only overcome the Lions, but also the Bears, the Rams, the Giants, and even those awesome people in Green Bay.
"May they continue to tame the Redskins and fetter the Falcons as well as the Eagles. Give our owners and coaches the continued ability to be as wise as serpents and simple as doves, so that no good talent will dodge our draft. Grant to our fans perseverance in their devotion and unlimited lungpower, tempered with a sense of charity to all, including the referees.
"May our beloved Bedlam Bowl be a source of good fellowship and may the 'Saints Come Marching In' be a victory march for all, now and in eternity."
Well, as we all know, John Gilliam would return the opening kickoff 94 yards, something the archbishop compared to "Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea."
But did you know this? Because the archbishop had to meet a class later in the day, he was not around to see his Saints lose the first of many games.
Let the record show, thanks to owner Tom Benson, Archbishop Hannan would be around, 43 years later, for every moment of the closest thing to a football miracle the Big Easy ever experienced.
At a game-day Mass, as the football world prepared to witness a 31-17 victory against the Colts, Benson was reminded what the word was in Las Vegas: Never bet against the prayers of a 96-year-old archbishop.
"Archbishop Hannan," Benson said, "was heaven sent. He had more impact on our city than any individual I could name. He was front and center post-Katrina. He did so much to help lift and repair the spirits of everyone in our community."
His time as head of the archdiocese was highlighted by a 1987 visit by Pope John Paul II, no doubt the finest athlete to ever hold that position. He grew up playing soccer. He skied, jogged, hiked, played tennis, paddled a kayak.
The archbishop was awed by the pope's energy, by the way he "created an intimacy" at a youth rally that drew a crowd of 80,000 to the Superdome. "Pope John Paul," Hannan said, "drew on his strengths as an actor and communicator."
And then there was Edwin Edwards, someone the archbishop described as gifted, intelligent, flawed, with a great sense of humor. This was a governor elected to his fourth term with the bumper-sticker message, "Vote for the Crook, It's Important," in his campaign against Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.
"We would have meetings with Edwards at the governor's mansion and he would bring up some question about Scripture to prove he knew something about it," Hannan said. "Usually, it was a complete misuse of Scripture.''
The archbishop tells a story suggesting it's a shame the pope never got to meet the governor.In preparing for the historic visit by John Paul II, security concerns were vital, the total budget for the trip estimated at close to $2 million that included pay for state police and city police.
"This was in the midst of the oil collapse and the state's massive fiscal woes," Hannan said. "But, ever the showman, Edwards insisted he wasn't worried in the least.
"If we have to," the governor promised, "we'll just rob Peter to pay for John Paul."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

National Asian Heritage Festival - Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
between 3rd & 6th Streets
Washington, DC

May 22nd,
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

The fesitval includes outdoor craft exhibits, live performances, food and open market vendors, interactive displays, martial arts, talent show, Pan-Asian cooking, lion dance and much more.
Hawai’i Cultural Festival at the National Museum of the American IndianMay 29-31, 2010, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. National Mall. Explore and celebrate the richness of Hawaiian culture through hands-on activities (lei-making, kapa stamp art), dance with hula lessons, music and food demonstrations, films, lectures and much more.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Liberal Hypocrisy at Its Best

The following story, below, reveals the typical hypocritical action of liberals. Wake up, America! Learn from this that a criminal must be reported to the authorities, except if an "enlightened" liberal decides the criminal does not have to be reported. So, little girls are raped, brought by their rapist to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, and Planned Parenthood officials fail to report the rapist or rape. They get a free pass. Michelle Obama, the Chief Executive's wife (!!!), learns of a crime, and as seen below, nothing will happen to her for her non-action nor to the criminal. [Incidentally, Barack Obama's aunt, illegally in this country for years, has just been given permission to stay. Talk about nepotism!)
And yet, these same liberals continually demand that bishops turn over the names of any priests who may have been merely accused of a crime, so that unscrupulous lawyers can grow rich.

Feds won't act on child's question to first lady
By the CNN Wire Staff
May 20, 2010 10:58 a.m. EDT

Washington (CNN) -- Immigration officials will not swoop in to deport a woman whose daughter asked first lady Michelle Obama about "taking people away" if they don't have proper paperwork, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said Thursday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations are based on "solid law enforcement work and not classroom Q and As," said DHS spokesman Matt Chandler. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a part of DHS.

The statement comes after a student concerned about her mother's legal status asked the first lady about the president's immigration policies Wednesday.

"My mom said, I think that she says that, Barack Obama is going to take away everybody that doesn't have papers," the young girl told Mrs. Obama as she visited a Washington-area school with Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala.

The unscripted moment was sandwiched between examples of Michelle Obama's signature policy initiatives -- a lesson on healthy eating and an exercise session -- and forced the first lady to walk the fine line of immigration reform policy language.

"Yeah, well, that's something that we have to work on, right? To make sure that people can be here with the right kind of papers, right? That's exactly right," she said.

The girl replied, "But my mom doesn't have any."

"[W]ell we have to work on that; we have to fix that and everybody's got to work together in Congress to make sure that happens. That's right," Obama said before moving to the next question.

Dana Tofig, a spokesman for Montgomery County, Maryland, schools, said the district would not identify the student and does "not ask about the immigration status of our students and their families."

"There was a Supreme Court decision that makes it clear that if there's proof of residency in the county, then we educate the child," Tofig said.

"And we're not going to identify the student or her parents. We protect the identity of our students."

Immigration took center stage in Washington on Wednesday as the president welcomed his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, to the White House.

Both leaders used the occasion -- the fourth time they have met for bilateral talks -- to take sharp aim at Arizona's controversial new law meant to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Calderon characterized the measure as discriminatory; Obama called it a "misdirected expression of frustration."

Obama also repeated his call for a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pentecost High Mass by Newly Ordained

Fr. Steven Markantonis of Archdiocese of New York (above) was ordained by Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Saturday, May 15th.

His first Mass was offered in the ordinary form on Sunday, May 16th at Most Holy Trinity Church in Mamaroneck, NY.

His first Mass in the extraordinary form will be offered on Sunday, May 23rd at 3 PM at the Church of the Assumption, Peekskill, NY.

For more information, contact the parish here.

Church of the Assumption
131 Union Avenue
Peekskill, NY 10566
(P) 914-737-2071

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

500th Anniversary of the Marian Apparition at Motta di Livenza

"The Youth Meet Mary"
Santuary of the Madonna of Miracles in Motta di Livenza (Treviso, Veneto, Italy)
19-20 June 2010

-On the occasion of the 5th century (March 9, 1510) of the appariton of the Blessed Virgin Mary-

5 pm - arrival and gathering at the shrine's welcome center
7:45 pm - sack lunch
9 pm - concert by the grup GEN VERDE "Mary Flower of Humanity"

10 am - Meeting - Witness
11:30 am - Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with music by Gen Verde [Based on their website, I fear this will not be appropriate liturgical music!]
1 pm - Lunch in the cloister of the friary

- It is necessary to register by mail or telephone to obtain tickets for the concert!! - tel. 0427.77037 or - tel. 0444.896529
- Everything is free - but, you must bring your own meal for dinner on Saturday, as well as a sleeping back for the night.

For more information visit these sites:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Real New Yorkers

The 1970's were tough times for the City with people leaving, debt rising, and crime soaring. Despite the socialist take over of the Democratic party there were still many ordinary New Yorkers who loved their country. The "Hard Hat Riot" occurred on May 8, 1970. On that day Construction Workers, Stock Exchange Businessmen, and New York's Finest teamed up against anti-American protestors.

From: The Catholic Caveman

"A lot of us are World War II vets and fathers and purple hearts. We're from a generation that believes the flag over everything." - Electrician Morty Grutman, quoted in the New York Post, May 9, 1970.

40 years ago today, communist led anti-war hippie scum (better known as The Great Unwashed) staged themselves at the George Washington statue on Wall Street and were waving Communist Viet Cong flags and burning, urinating and defecating on American flags, just like what had recently happened in Washington DC.

New York city construction workers (better known as The Hard Hats) had had enough. They proceeded to charge the hippie base camp and set up American flags, then pursued and thumped the living shit out of said Great Unwashed. What happened next, no one expected... the construction workers were unexpectedly joined by white collar office workers (better known as The Suits) from the New York Stock Exchange. The NYSE literally emptied as Suits fought shoulder to shoulder along side the Hard Hats.

Mayor John Lindsay ordered that all flags on City buildings be lowered to half mast due to the Kent State shootings, which the construction workers of New York overwhelmingly opposed. They threatened to overwhelm City Hall unless the flag was raised to full mast, which it was... by the construction workers themselves.

In an other unexpected turn of events, 150 NYPD officers assigned to City Hall didn't interfere while the Hard Hats and Suits taught the Great Unwashed a thing or two about manners, decorum, and patriotism. As the American flag was raised to full staff over City Hall, the construction workers asked Police Officers remove their riot helmets in respect. They did.

The Hard Hat Riots were followed by a series of pro-war rallies in New York almost every day during May. These rallies culminated in a large Wednesday, May 20, 1970, rally. Over 100,000 hard hats, stock brokers and other workers peacefully marched through the streets of downtown New York City. The rally was organized by the local New York City construction workers union to show support for President Nixon and the Vietnam War.

Funny, schools never teach about this.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ex-Senator D'Amato on Recent Anti-Catholic Media Bias

From the New York Times
May 4, 2010

Attacks on the Church: An Anti-Catholic Agenda?

To the Editor:

As a Catholic, I am appalled at the now-daily assaults by the liberal media against the church.

There is no question that certain Catholic clergymen abused children and that certain members of the church’s hierarchy failed to deal with those abuses properly. That failure was based primarily on the mistaken belief that pedophiles can be cured. At the time, that mistaken belief was supported in large measure by the psychiatric community. It has since been rejected.

For the last decade, the Archdiocese of New York and dioceses across New York State have been working assiduously to accept guilt when warranted, atone for those mistakes and, most important, to take corrective action to ensure that they do not happen again.

Over the last few months, several cases have cropped up that took place decades ago and long before the church’s all-out effort to acknowledge, make amends for and rectify its past failures. Some have seized upon those cases to attack the church anew and with frightening vigor. Those attacks are unwarranted and unfair.

Such cases, which will continue to arise, do not mean that the church’s healing crusade has been discontinued but rather are cases that took place during an unfortunate time in the church’s history that is now over.

To simply reject out of hand the church’s extensive and intense program to heal and correct suggests the possibility of an anti-Catholic agenda more concerned with Catholic teachings than with child abuse.

Alfonse M. D’Amato
New York, April 29, 2010

The writer, a former United States senator from New York, is a member of the board of the Friends of the Catholic Church, an informal group created to assist the Catholic Church when it comes under attack.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

An Interview with a Real Nun

Nun Sense: Women in the Catholic Church
A habited woman speaks.

Kathryn Jean Lopez
April 30, 2010 4:00 A.M.

In his New York Times column this month, Nicholas Kristof wrote about “A Church Mary Can Love.” If you didn’t read the column, you might not be shocked to learn its contents: He’s not that into the Vatican, and he doesn’t think the Blessed Virgin would be either. He’s more into a priest who reportedly told him that he “would build a condom factory in the Vatican to save lives.” However, Kristof also wrote something sensible: “I’ve come to believe that the very coolest people in the world today may be nuns.” Amen. And in the following interview with Sister Mary Prudence Allen, I think you’ll begin to see why.

Sister Prudence is with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., an order with a special focus on health care. Sister Prudence is also a philosophy professor and a published author, having written the two-volume The Concept of Woman and contributed to The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision (a compilation from the other “nuns” in the health-care debate, the ones who stood by the bishops conference’s objection to the abortion provisions in the legislation — and by Catholic doctrine on the most innocent human life).

Read the interview here.=

Monday, May 3, 2010

"Pro-Choice" Politicians Promote Ignorance

Abortion activists love to disguise their agenda by calling themselves "pro-choice" rather than "pro-abortion." Perhaps deep down, they realize that abortion is murder of an innocent human being. Moreover, it is a most cruel and barbaric murder wherein the individual human life is torturously ripped apart limb from limb. So, pro-aborts need to distance themselves from the word abortion and hide their nefarious agenda. They do so under the pleasant word "choice."

But, as intelligent people realize, choice implies not only an object of choice, including some activity chosen to be performed or not performed, but also knowledge of what that activity is. Free choice must follow upon knowledge of what one is choosing to do or not do, or by definition there is no choice!

But, the self-proclaimed defenders of choice now are opposed to informing women about what abortion involves. Thus, they make themselves enemies of knowledge. Calling information "invasive" they prove themselves partisans for blind "choice" which in reality is no choice! Thus, despite their rhetoric, they reveal they are really not for "choice" but for abortion.

Thanks be to God for technology, such as the ultra sound, whereby we can learn more about the baby in the womb.

Certain state legislatures have been issuing laws which would provide women with knowledge about the human life developing in the womb through ultrasound.
But, the promoters of abortion want none of it. Thus, they object to providing this informational service for women. Clearly, "pro-choice" does not mean informed choice.

Hopefully, in time, technology will expose the pro-abortion ghouls for what they are. And it will help rectify the use of words to their true meaning. We can no longer allow profit hungry planned parenthood and irresponsible males to push abortion as a real choice, since it involves murder of the innocent.

With that in mind, please, read the following from creative minority report:

Ultrasounds Are Just Like...Rape?

Pro-aborts have decided on their main talking points against recent states' requirements for ultrasounds to be shown to women before abortions. And it's a doozy. Pro-aborts are arguing that ultrasounds are invasive.One Democrat running for a state seat even went so far as to call the state required ultrasound “rape by instrumentation.”

The media has picked up on this attack as they've clearly been ordered to. I've seen the term "invasive" used to describe the ultrasounds dozens of times in the past few days. Betty Reed, a Democrat from Hillsborough County, said the ultrasound exam is an invasive procedure that should not be imposed on women.

AFP writes in a news headline:
Oklahoma lawmakers overrode their governor's veto Tuesday to enact tough abortion laws that force women to undergo invasive ultrasounds and allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects.

Do these people not realize how abortions are done? Suction tubes, forceps, curettes (sharp knives.) And it's the ultrasound that's invasive?You know, I'm starting to think that pro-aborts will pretty much say or do anything to keep women in the dark.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

What is Going on Here?

St. Vincent's Hospital has become a victim of financial hardship and had to shut its doors. The NY Times has the story about a recent Mass. (here)

The description is ridiculously disturbing:

"They gathered first for a noon Mass — held in the chapel but broadcast to overflow crowds — where a longtime hospital housekeeper sang and a psychiatric nurse danced, like a Jules Feiffer drawing come to life, in a spectral white dress and ballet slippers."

Dance is not part of Mass!!!

But, that is not as disturbing as the following picture:

Notice the illicit blue vestment.
But, even more outrageous is his giving Holy Communion to a non-Catholic priestess!

The priest is Fr. James R. O'Connell, O.F.M.

James O'Connell,O.F.M.
Chaplain St. Vincent's Hospital

And, next time you go to confession at St. Francis Assisi in Manhattan, you might want to check the name on the confessional twice!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New York Public Authorities Fear Lawsuits from Sexual Abuse Victims

Fr. Finigan's commentary points out the double standard that hopefully will be shattered with regard to statute of limitation and sexual abuse.

Abuse victims won't play along with the "Catholics only" line

An article in the New York Times today reports a proposal in New York to raise the statute of limitations for crimes of child abuse so that there is a 40 year limit starting from the age of 18. The NYTasks:

Should it be possible to sue the city of New York for sexual abuse by public school teachers that happened decades ago? How about doctors or hospital attendants? Police officers? Welfare workers? Playground attendants?

Well yes. That's how it works. Have a chat with your local Bishop for the details.

The proposal was originally an effort to expand accountability for sexual abuse by Catholic clergy but has quite rightly extended to cover abuse by people in other walks of life. In this context, the NYT story is no longer one of cover-up and denial of responsibility but of "a collision of powerful civic values".

The excuses are all now tumbling out.

The New York City Mayor is concerned about the potential impact for taxpayers. Welcome to the real world, Mayor. Catholics in the pews have seen billions of dollars, donated by them over decades, paid out in compensation to victims of clerical abuse and episcopal failure. It is tough but we have to recognise responsibility.

The State Association of Counties has issued a memo of opposition citing the problem of "significantly aged and clouded” evidence. Well, as we have learnt in the Church, extending the statute of limitations is necessary because the nature of the crime means that it may take a long time before a person is ready to confront the abuse that they have suffered in the past.

The New York State School Boards Association has said that the revelation of past misdeeds would provide no extra protection for children. They should talk to Safeguarding Officials and good lay Catholics who know that the revelation of past crimes is a very strong motivation to provide robust safeguarding procedures.

Although the bill revising the statute of limitations was not voted on last year, it has gained a new lease of life from the continuing coverage in the New York Times and elsewhere, of problems within the Catholic Church, particularly regarding the covering up of abuse.

Meanwhile on the other side of the world, in Finland, the Lutheran Church Council is receiving dozens of contacts from people who were victims of sexual abuse within the Church or related revival movements. (These allegations do not relate to ministers within the Church but to other workers or volunteers.) The report in the international edition of Helsingen Sanomat says that the Lutheran Bishop Häkkinen believes that the victims have felt encouraged to speak out now about their experiences in the wake of the extensive coverage in the press of pedophilia scandals in the Roman Catholic Church

(Press reports of another scandal within Finland have also raised consciousness of the problem.)

The furore directed against the Church in recent months is having unintended but positive consequences. It is right that victims of abuse from people not connected with the Catholic Church should call for the same accountability in other walks of life. The abuse of minors within the Church is a shame and a disgrace for us. But those who have been abused in schools, care homes and other secular institutions have no reason to swallow the propaganda that this is an exclusively Catholic problem.

The standards by which the Church has been held to account are now well known and publicised. The standard excuses have been thoroughly trashed. We know what needs to be done and have set about the task. It is now time to apply these same principles more generally instead of fostering the myth that this filth is confined to the Catholic Church. The victims certainly won't buy it.