Thursday November 11, 2010

NewsBytes – Religion, US Politics, Miscellaneous

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Journalist warns against election of Bishop Kicanas as USCCB president

Tim Drake, senior writer for the National Catholic Register, is warning that the election of Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) would be a public relations disaster for the Church. Bishop Kicanas’ election is a potential powder keg. In his story, “Sex Abuse Lurks Behind Catholic Election,” Chip Mitchell [of WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio] tells the horrific story of Father Daniel McCormack, who molested at least 23 boys. The story demonstrates that Bishop Kicanas, while rector of Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary, was aware of accusations of sexual misconduct against McCormack, but chose to ordain him anyway. Asked about it, Bishop Kicanas essentially said that he would do it again.

A Short Note to the CCHD Response – Deal W. Hudson

In the response the CCHD sent to me yesterday, there was no mention of the incontrovertible evidence that the Coalition of Immokalee Workers belongs to coalitions publicly supporting abortion. As I pointed out in my article, this is in direct violation of the new CCHD Ethical Guidelines.

Bishops play defense on anti-poverty initiative

Proponents of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) say it exemplifies Jesus’ preference for the poor and downtrodden; opponents, including several bishops, say it funds left-wing activists, some of whom undermine church doctrine on homosexuality and abortion. As the nation’s 200 or so Roman Catholic bishops prepare for their annual meeting in Baltimore next week (Nov. 15-18), the CCHD has become yet another battlefield in what some Catholics lament is an increasingly polarized church. But the program’s practices and guiding philosophy have been sharply attacked by conservatives armed with Internet-enhanced research, a sharp nose for malfeasance, and a deep apprehension for anything that sniffs of socialism. “It’s a red herring,” Gorman said of the ideological battle over the CCHD. “It’s a national agenda that is not of importance to people at the local level who are just trying to work their way out of poverty and keep their kids safe.”

US and Canadian Charities turn into anti-life social work By Fr. Alphonse de Valk

In 2009, the scandal broke in the U.S. that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was funding at least 67, out of a total of 270, grantees that promote abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and contraception. The American scandal closely resembles the Canadian controversy (or perhaps, it is the reverse) about the Canadian bishops’ Development & Peace organization and the failed oversight by its Canadian bishops. D&P had adopted the stand of being “neutral” or better yet, of not being interested in the issues of on abortion and homosexual activity, something Pope Benedict in his last encyclical described as contrary to the will of the Church.

Catholics and “Do-Not-Resuscitate” Orders

The Moral Principles Behind Its Ethical Use

Wedding announcement costs gay woman job at Benedictine Catholic College

In a Sept. 30 letter to Tadlock’s attorney, Benedictine President William Carroll wrote, “… By publicizing the marriage ceremony in which she participated in Iowa she has significantly disregarded and flouted core religious beliefs which, as a Catholic institution, it is our mission to uphold.”


“Progressives won in the 2010 mid-term elections”

wrote Karen Dolan, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, or IPS, and director of the Cities for Progress and Cities for Peace projects based at the radical organization. “The Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus in the House Democratic Caucus at over 80 members, emerged virtually unscathed, losing only three members,” she wrote, in the piece published on the IPS website.

’62 letter from father ignores Obama, mom

‘My wife is in Nairobi and I would really appreciate any help you may give her’

A Million Prayers Requested for Conservative Republican Senator

FRC President Tony Perkins said the call to prayer follows attacks on DeMint’s character — attacks that “have been difficult to stomach,” he said in a message to supporters on Wednesday. Perkins described DeMint as a crusader for principled conservatism and said he’s being attacked by “establishment Republicans,” who are angry about “what-ifs” – as in, what if Republican candidates had won Senate seats in Colorado, Delaware, and Washington state.

Some Republicans blame those defeats on DeMint’s support for the tea party-backed candidates who lost in those states

Perkins said people in both parties need to know that an attack on DeMint is an attack on all conservatives and people of faith.

Cut U.N. Funding, Obama’s Fiscal Commission Says in Draft Report

Fiscal Commission Calls for Elimination of Safe Schools Czar’s Office


The second Pro-Life Car Rally has taken place in Moscow and other Russian towns

A car rally against abortions, organized by Orthodox Center for Pro-Life Education “Zhizn” (Life) and Charity Fund for Protection of Family, Motherhood and Childhood, took place on November 6th, 2010 in Moscow and two Russian towns – Orel and Ramenskoye.

Planned Parenthood Got $349.6 Million in Tax Dollars, Performed 324,008 Abortions, Paid Its President $385,163

Blood Breakthrough at MacMaster University

Scientists at McMaster’s stem cell research institute have found a way to create blood from skin, a significant breakthrough that could have broad implications for medicine, for the university and for Hamilton.–blood-breakthrough-at-mac

Federal Reserve Puts Families, Nation at Risk; Soros Calls for World Currency

Bill Gates: Capitalism Has ‘Systemic’ Problems Government Should Address

Backlash grows over TSA’s ‘naked strip searches’

Drudge Stirs National Debate On TSA Abuse

Amazon pulls ‘Pedophile Guide’ amid outrage

An e-book for sale on entitled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure was apparently pulled by the online retailer late Wednesday after shocked consumers across the nation called for a boycott. Earlier Wednesday, Amazon stood by its decision to sell the e-book. “Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable,” the company said in a written statement. This isn’t the first time Amazon has sold material that promotes illegal activity.

Gates urges Congress to repeal gay ban now

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Congress should act quickly, before new members take their seats, to repeal the military’s ban on gays serving openly in the military.

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