Friday, September 30, 2011
Earlier this year, we had followed his family's battles against the Canadian Healthcare system. The family was seeking the right to have the little fellow come home, so that he could die surrounded by those who loved him. Many people helped the family in that battle, formeost of whom was probably Fr. Frank Pavone.
Play with the Lord, little guy!
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney
Thursday, September 29, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Indiana, SEPT. 28, 2011 (Zenit.org).
The company that put confession preparation on the iPhone now has a tool for Catholic voters: CatholicVote Mobile, aimed to mobilize and unify those who want to get the Church's view to Congress.
Little i Apps, LLC, makers of Confession: A Roman Catholic App, collaborated with CatholicVote.org in the development of the new app.
The service provides a method to contact members of Congress, as well as offering mobile access to CatholicVote.org's blogs and news.
A one-touch method allows Catholic voters to more easily participate in the political forum. Based on a user's GPS location or zip code, the app generates the contact information for their representative and senators. Users can select to automatically add this information to their contact lists or simply tap to connect."It was an incredible opportunity for Little i Apps to be a part of this project. We are excited about the potential impact an app like this could have on American politics," said Patrick Leinen, co-founder of Little i Apps. "Imagine what could happen if every Catholic voter used the Contact My Representative option to contact their congressional representative or senator before a critical vote. With the launch of this app, CatholicVote.org has given voters an incredible tool. We can’t wait to see how they use it!"
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Barack Obama has made sure that Catholics will be embarrassed and forced to either close hospitals or allow the killing of babies in their facilities–if the government is to allow them to keep their hospitals open.
” In an “urgent” call to action distributed as a bulletin insert at Catholic churches across the country on Sunday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that a new federal regulation proposed under President Barack Obama’s health-care law “poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.”
The proposed regulation would require all private health-care plans to cover sterilizations and “all FDA-approved contraceptives”–which include “emergency” contraceptives such as ulipristal (or “Ella”) that can cause an abortion both before and after an embryo implants in the mother’s womb.”
We already know the answer, the Catholic church will close the hospitals, making health care even more difficult. it also shows that BO has no shame when he is trying to kill religious freedom, like any other run of the mill totalitarian.
Obama believes dead babies are more important than religious rights and freedom. This is the change he is bringing to our nation–a nation without religious freedom.
This is what Nancy Pelosi, herself a Catholic did not want you to know–San Fran Nan and Barack have conspired to kill the Catholic church in America.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The legislation was introduced by Supervsor Malia Cohen and City Attorney Dennis Herrera. We had posted on this story back on August 2 & 3, where we wrote:
"The real purpose of the proposed ordinance is twofold: first, to harass the crisis pregnancy centers at public expense. That's because they threaten the Democrats' sacred cow, Planned Parenthood. It's just a fact that every baby born represents a financial loss for Planned Parenthood, and centers such as First Resort and Alpha Pregnancy help babies to be born and raised. Secondly, Dennis Herrera is running for mayor, and he thinks this will help his campaign."
Today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
"Two San Francisco supervisors, concerned over First Amendment issues, were hesitant about moving forward with a proposed law that would prohibit pregnancy centers from engaging in false or misleading advertising practices.
Centers that break the the law could face civil action by the city and fines up to $500 per violation.
The legislation takes aim at pregnancy centers that oppose abortion. The concern is that women with unplanned pregnancies are tricked into thinking that certain pregnancy centers will give them information on all of their options, including abortion, when that’s not the case.
“This legislation has been carefully crafted to ensure a balance between protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities and protecting the constitutional rights of everyone,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, chief sponsor of the legislation, which has the backing of pro-choice advocates.
But opponents said if the legislation is approved, it would put the city at legal risk of trampling on the First Amendment.
“This law attacks one group of pregnancy resource providers, but not another group with a competing message,” said Shari Plunkett, CEO of First Resort, a pregnancy counseling center and women’s health clinic that will not perform abortions, nor tell clients where they can get the procedure done....
Supervisors, after being briefed by the city attorney, said that in order to mount a strong defense against a likely legal challenge, the city would have to produce a record of false and misleading advertising.
Imagine that--the city should have to prove what it says. But as we said, this is a "nuisance lawsuit" designed to harass crisis pregnancy centers at public expense. But as both Supervisor Avalos and Elsbernd, noted you gotta have at least some kind of a case.
But both Supervisors John Avalos and Sean Elsbernd, who serve on the committee, said such a record wasn’t demonstrated. The best legislative backers could come up with were reviews on Yelp and a search on Google when people plugged in the phrase “abortions in San Francisco” and Plunkett’s First Resort organization popped up as the second link.
“This legislative record here, to me, is empty,” Elsbernd said.
Avalos expressed a similar concern. The committee sent the legislation on to the full board without recommendation for consideration next week, with Avalos suggesting that evidence of false advertising be collected before that vote.
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney
Monday, September 26, 2011
Freiburg, Germany (CNA/EWTN News) -- “The real crisis facing the Church in the Western world is a crisis of faith,” Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of lay Catholics on Sept. 24.
“We see that in our affluent Western world much is lacking. Many people lack experience of God’s goodness,” the pope said to the Central Committee of German Catholics on the third day of his state visit to Germany. “They no longer find any point of contact with the mainstream churches and their traditional structures.”...
Using Catholicism in Germany as an example, the pope said that, while the German Church was “superbly organized,” it was perhaps lacking in a “corresponding spiritual strength, the strength of faith in a living God.”
“We must honestly admit that we have more than enough by way of structure but not enough by way of Spirit,” the pope said. “I would add: the real crisis facing the Church in the Western world is a crisis of faith.”...
This is observed, said the pope, “in the inconstancy and fragmentation of many people’s lives and in an exaggerated individualism,” such that many people “no longer seem capable of any form of self-denial or of making a sacrifice for others.”
Meanwhile others “are now quite incapable of committing themselves unreservedly to a single partner,” he said....
Hence the need for new places where those who lack experience of God’s goodness can encounter it, said the pope. He suggested that small communities could be one such path where “friendships are lived and deepened in regular communal adoration before God.” There, said the pope, “we find people who speak of these small faith experiences at their workplace and within their circle of family and friends, and in so doing bear witness to a new closeness between Church and society.”...
He concluded by praying that God “always point out to us how together we can be lights in the world and can show our fellow men the path to the source at which they can quench their profound thirst for life.”
Sunday, September 25, 2011
On October 29, a nun who blasphemed Our Lord Jesus Christ and Saint John by referring to them as homosexuals will lecture students at Catholic Fairfield University!!!
Her name is Sister Gramick. And she referred to the holy friendship between Our Lord and Saint John, saying it was “for lesbian and gay people a hope for a blessing for same-sex relationships…”
Friday, September 23, 2011
As if on cue, comes the story of Father Donat Gionet. From LifeSiteNews:
"The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick has removed an elderly priest from active ministry after he caused a storm of controversy by denouncing homosexuality, cohabitation, and abortion in an August homily."
So! He's preaching Church Doctrine--and the problem surfaces. God bless the old Priest!
"85-year-old Fr. Donat Gionet had retired to his home town of Caraquet in June to serve palliative care patients, and now laments that in his declining years he is being forced to celebrate Mass 'in secret.'"
(85! He's a kid. Start a blog, Father! This is interesting. At Saints Peter and Paul we have three priests over 92 and five over 88--and they ain't retired, any more than Fr. Gionet will be. Every last one of them has no problem with Church doctrine. Fr. Armand was about 88 when he appeared in the Marriage Matters to Kids video. Old-style priests, for whom the collar is not a job, live just about forever).
"Fr. Wesley Wade, the diocese’s vicar general, told Radio-Canada that Fr. Gionet’s comments were consistent with Church teaching, but lacked the proper 'pastoral' sensitivity."
Yeah, right. Voris also had some words about the misuse of the word "pastoral." The episode reminds me of Fr. Malloy's going-away bulletin message at SSPP, before he was transferred:
"I am sorry if my remarks have offended anyone. My purpose has been to teach the truth and support our faith. I was ordained for that purpose."
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Here's his latest:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Civic Center prayer rally to recreate spirit of Father Peyton’s 1961 Rosary Crusade
By Valerie Schmalz
Organizers of the 2011 Family Rosary Crusade on Oct. 15 at San Francisco’s Civic Center hope to recreate the greatest outpouring of prayer that anyone has ever seen here – the rosary rally led in 1961 by Father Patrick Peyton, who coined the phrase, “The family that prays together, stays together.”
Read the whole thing, and check out this Life Magazine photo of the 1961 rally. Go here to see larger version:
To learn more about the October 15 Rosary Rally, visit http://www.familyrosarycrusade2011.com/
Monday, September 19, 2011
In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:
"Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.
"A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.
Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.
If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.
Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.
Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.
Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the "Schick" reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.
"Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.
They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.
"Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.
Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.
"In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio, Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott."
Meanwhile I ask, what medical contributions to the world have the muslims made??
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The very word Catholic no longer appears on the University’s homepage. Wiccan/Pagan holidays appear next to Christian holidays on the “Holy Days” calendar of the University’s Campus Ministry. The Director of the Catholic Studies Minor is the Reverend Vincent Pizzuto, who abandoned his Catholic faith and had himself ordained a priest in the Celtic Catholic Church. The attitude toward Catholicism was crystallized with the 2008 removal of confessionals from the university’s church, St. Ignatius. The confessionals were replaced with an art gallery. Fr. Privett himself removed any doubt on how USF views itself while discussing USF’s new logo and tagline on August 18: “We want the University of San Francisco to be the heart and soul of the city: to serve as a voice of reason tempered by compassion and driven by values.”
Pope Benedict himself could not ask for a clearer expression of the dictatorship of relativism. The statement is empty: whatever content it acquires will be “driven by values.” But what are “values”?
“Values” or “value judgments” as professor Eric Voegelin pointed out in 1947, “…were not part of the philosophical vocabulary before the second half of the nineteenth century. The notion of a value-judgment is meaningless in itself; it gains its meaning from a situation in which it is opposed to judgments concerning facts.” That opposition was created through the belief “..that only propositions concerning facts of the phenomenal world were ‘objective,’ while judgments concerning the right order of soul and society were ‘subjective’…incapable of critical verification and therefore devoid of objective validity.” But such a classification, according to Voegelin “…could be accepted only by thinkers who did not master the classic and Christian science of man. For neither classic nor Christian ethics and politics contain ‘value-judgments’ but elaborate, empirically and critically, the problems of order which derive from philosophical anthropology as part of a general ontology.”
If we accept Voegelin's judgement, Privett’s replacement of truth with “values” indicates either an inability, or more likely, an unwillingness to “master the classic and Christian science of man.” Not because it is difficult—Privett is surely a superbly educated man—but because that science actually gives answers, some of which may be hard to accept.
But the puzzle of why it is Fr. Privett, of all people, who should be discussing “the role of the Catholic University in the Church” is solved once one remembers where, of all places, the lecture is being held: San Francisco’s Most Holy Redeemer. There are of course a number of ties between the two institutions, which we have documented thoroughly on our sister website "Homosexual Activism in the Archdiocese of San Francisco."
In 2006, MHR hosted the university’s “Queer Perspectives: Is it Ethical to Be Catholic?” seminar, featuring the aforementioned Reverend Vincent Pizzuto. In 2009, MHR was scheduled to host the homosexualist propaganda play “Be Still and Know” performed by the students of Sacred Heart of Atherton. When Archbishop Niederauer was made aware of this, he caused the play to be cancelled. When MHR could not host the play, USF, against the Archbishop’s wishes, allowed the play to be performed at their Presentation Theater. Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, author of “Gays and Grays: the Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Parish” served for a time as USF’s Executive Director of University Ministry until last year.
The common denominator at both USF and MHR seems to be that neither is, at bottom, oriented by Catholicism—they see the Church as one part of a larger reality, admirable in some things, useful in some things, but not an authoritative or truth-possessing institution. In fact the Church’s claim to possess truth is seen as itself a problem. Based on the actions of USF combined with the hosting of the event at MHR, we conclude that “The role of the ‘Catholic’ University in the Church ” is seen as: a) to cease being Catholic, and b) to develop theoretical arguments for the undermining of the Church.
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney
Friday, September 16, 2011
It is the proper competency of medicine, not theology, to identify reliable signs that death has occurred. The hardening of the body known as rigor mortis, for example, is a reliable medical indicator that death has occurred. When the heart permanently stops beating and the lungs permanently stop functioning (cessation of cardio-pulmonary function), medical professionals recognize these signs as another reliable way to assess that death has occurred. The complete and irreversible loss of all brain function (commonly known as "brain death,") is yet another reliable way medical professionals determine that a patient has died.
In an August 2000 address, Pope John Paul II took up the particular question of brain death and concluded: "The criterion adopted in more recent times for ascertaining the fact of death, namely the complete and irreversible cessation of all brain activity, if rigorously applied, does not seem to conflict with the essential elements of a sound anthropology." ...
Nevertheless, a certain number of Catholics today insist that brain death is not really death. One moral theologian, for example, recently expressed doubts "that ventilator-sustained brain dead bodies are corpses." Several Catholic physicians have raised similar concerns. As long as thorough and accurate medical testing is performed, however, the Church continues to support the determination of death based on neurological criteria. In addition to Pope John Paul II's address mentioned earlier, a number of other Church documents and declarations affirm this. These include statements from the Pontifical Academy of Life, the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers, and the Pontifical Academy for Sciences, among others. In a recent article on the Catholic News Agency website, Dr. John Haas argues that the number and common thread of these ecclesiastical statements in recent years indicates that the teaching authority of the Church has "generally resolved" the question of the acceptability of relying on neurological criteria as a means for ascertaining death.
The fact remains that the Catholic Church to date has expressed no official doubts about brain death, emphasizing instead that a health care worker can use neurological criteria as the basis for arriving at "moral certainty" that death has occurred.
In the face of clear church teaching on this issue, Dr. Haas further observes how it is not responsible for Catholics to generate uncertainty by openly and publicly disputing the suitability of neurological criteria for determining death....
Meanwhile, the Church continues to recognize the generous nature of freely-chosen organ donation, an act Pope John Paul II once called "particularly praiseworthy" and an act which can offer "a chance of health and even of life itself to the sick who sometimes have no other hope."
by FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk is a member of the advisory board of the Catholic Education Resource Center. (CERC)
Monday, September 12, 2011
What is really exciting now is how young people are getting involved and how old people are sharing their memories from the 1961 Rally. Check out the Rosary Rally's webpage, and Facebook page.
“Family, family, family”
Excitement builds for Rosary Rally in San Francisco
As the San Francisco Rosary Rally approaches, it is providing a unique opportunity for an intergenerational dialogue to take place among Catholics. The event is provoking a sense of shared Catholic history: a remembrance of history made by the old, and a chance to make history by the young.
The “Family Rosary Crusade 2011,” which will be celebrated on Oct. 15 at 12 noon in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Father Patrick Peyton’s 1961 Rosary Rally. The 1961 event, which was held in Golden Gate Park, drew an estimated 550,000 people. It remains the largest gathering in the history of San Francisco, and, for five straight days, made the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle.
As young people look forward to the Rosary Rally with excitement, older Catholics remember their experience at the original rally 50 years ago with fondness. On Sept. 1, EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” provided a full hour of programming on the Rosary Rally. The show included interviews with two high school girls who will be attending the rally, along with Ray Frost, one of the organizers from the Legion of Mary who attended Fr. Payton’s 1961 event, and Eva Muntean, co-founder of the Walk for Life West Coast, who is helping to plan the event. Between interviews, “Life on the Rock” hosts Fr. Mark and Doug Barry showed video clips of Father Peyton at the original 1961 rally.
The two young women who were interviewed, Colleen and Kendall Scullion, are sisters who attend the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco. The hosts asked what attracted them to the event. Colleen said that their father had attended the 1961 rally. He told her that one day in 1961, he answered the door, and there was someone from the Legion of Mary on the stoop who had been going door-to-door inviting people to attend the event. So he and his sisters ended up attending. Colleen said her father could not remember much (he was only 6 at the time) but that the experience of that number of people in one place was overwhelming: chaotic, but a lot of fun.
Kendall Scullion observed how central the family was for Father Peyton. “In doing some research on Fr. Peyton, I found that early on, he had had to leave his family in Ireland to follow his vocation. And then I found that everywhere throughout his ministry the common theme was ‘family, family, family.’ It seems like, with the rosary rally, he was able to find his family again.”
Both young women indicated that they would like to see more outreach toward young people for the event, especially via social media such as Twitter and Facebook. They had not heard of the Rosary Rally until informed by their theology teacher, who was attending World Youth Day. And they noted getting teens to participate requires overcoming some obstacles.
“We feel that kids are shy, they don’t want to be too bold about their faith,” Colleen said. “There is a lot of peer pressure among teens.” But Kendall noted that “if you can get the kids, the parents will follow.”
Ray Frost was 9 years old at the time of the 1961 rally. Frost remembered: “It was easy for us -- we only lived about a mile away from the Polo Fields, so it was an easy walk. The Rosary Rally was a peaceful, wonderful experience, and one that I want to continue. For over 50 years I have looked back on that day, and I want to live it again.”
When asked what he hoped to see from the Family Rosary Crusade 2011, Frost said: “The Crusade is a joint effort of the Legion of Mary, the Knights of Columbus, and Immaculate Heart Radio. The first thing we did was to get the blessing of Archbishop Niederauer for the event, which he gave. As we know, our archbishop has some health issues now -- let us all pray for him! We are not sure if he will be able to attend the rally, but we hope he can. We all know that Our Blessed Mother has asked us, quite directly, to pray the rosary every day. She promises us that if we do that peace and tranquility will come. My personal hope is that the rosary rally will generate a new and fresh love for the rosary. In 1961 it produced a great spirit. If we go to Our Lady, she will help us! The Legion of Mary is delivering pledge cards to all the parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, asking families to pledge to say the rosary together as many times a week as they can. As Father Peyton said ‘The family that prays together, stays together.’”
Thursday, September 8, 2011
"What does family mean to these children?" Sperm Donor Keeps Track of His Children "on an Excel spreadsheet"
"One Sperm Donor, 150 Sons and Daughters"
Cynthia Daily and her partner used a sperm donor to conceive a baby seven years ago, and they hoped that one day their son would get to know some of his half siblings — an extended family of sorts for modern times.
So Ms. Daily searched a Web-based registry for other children fathered by the same donor and helped to create an online group to track them. Over the years, she watched the number of children in her son’s group grow.
Today there are 150 children, all conceived with sperm from one donor, in this group of half siblings, and more are on the way.... "
The article then highlights the genetic dangers of having, unknowingly so many brothers and sisters. It continues:
"Ms. Kramer, the registry’s founder, said that one sperm donor on her site learned that he had 70 children. He now keeps track of them all on an Excel spreadsheet. 'Every once in a while he gets a new kid or twins,' she said. 'It’s overwhelming, and not what he signed up for. He was promised low numbers of children.'"
The Times then considers the effects this has on the children, and asks "What does family mean to these children?"
"Experts are not certain what it means to a child to discover that he or she is but one of 50 children — or even more. 'Experts don’t talk about this when they counsel people dealing with infertility,' Ms. Kramer said. 'How do you make connections with so many siblings? What does family mean to these children?'”
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The annual MLK observance at the state house in Columbia SC had an interesting
twist this year. The event is held on the north side steps of the statehouse.
Prominent at that location is a large bronze statue of George Washington.
This year, the NAACP constructed a "box" to conceal the father of our country
from view so that participants would not be 'offended' by his presence.
I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this picture of the MLK Day rally in Columbia, South Carolina.
This rally was sponsored by the NAACP and they said that they covered the statue because they "didn't want to offend anyone". Really? George Washington is the father of this nation. How is he offensive to anyone?
Can you imagine what would happen if we covered the statue of Dr. Martin L. King on President's Day? or is only the statue of a 'white guy' offensive ??
Of course, this display of anti-Americanism wasn't covered at all by the
national media (surprise, surprise !!), and the local paper in Columbia only
ran a short piece on it. It has been covered a little by the blog-world but
I think the word needs to get out to the general public that this is what the
NAACP is all about...militant and (most definitely) racist.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
09-06) 15:41 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court signaled today that it won't stand in the way of a showdown in federal court over the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
At a hearing in San Francisco, all seven justices, including newly confirmed Justice Goodwin Liu, appeared to agree with sponsors of the voter-approved Proposition 8 that they had the right to appeal a federal judge's decision declaring the 2008 ballot measure unconstitutional.
When Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in August 2010 that Prop. 8 violated the rights of gays and lesbians to marry their chosen partners, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown declined to appeal. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then asked the state's highest court whether the initiative's sponsors, a conservative religious coalition called Protect Marriage, had the right to represent the state's interests in an appeal.
If the California court, the highest authority on the meaning of state law, concluded that only state officials could appeal Walker's ruling, the federal court probably would dismiss the appeal and allow same-sex couples to marry, at least until a county clerk or someone else affected by the change filed a new suit.
But the court left little doubt about its intentions at today's one-hour hearing.
"Is there any authority for the governor and attorney general to second-guess the majority of Californians?" asked Justice Ming Chin....
Read the whole thing.
The Proposition 8 legal team is totally outfunded by the oppostion. Give 'em some money!
You can donate here: http://www.protectmarriage.com/
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney
Archbishop Niederauer released from hospital; recovery progressing
By George Raine
San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer, who underwent cardiac double bypass surgery Aug. 29 at a hospital in Long Beach, was released over the weekend.
He is recuperating in Southern California, and the recuperation is on schedule and in line with the expectations of his physicians, according to the archdiocese.
“The archbishop has expressed his deep appreciation for the prayers of the priests, deacons, religious and laity of the archdiocese,” the archdiocese said in a statement.
After experiencing some chest discomfort during the Aug. 27-28 weekend, Archbishop Niederauer, 75, was taken to the emergency room of a Long Beach hospital on Aug. 28 by Cardinal William Levada, the archdiocese said. They had been in the final days of their vacation in Southern California. The archbishop was given an angiogram and his doctors recommended he stay overnight at the hospital for observation.
On Aug. 29, at the recommendation of his cardiologists, the archbishop underwent successful cardiac double bypass surgery.
On Sept. 1 employees of the archdiocesan Pastoral Center attended a special Mass, organized and celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice, to pray for Archbishop Niederauer’s quick recovery.
Archbishop Niederauer was ordained to the priesthood April 30, 1962, for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was appointed eighth bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City Nov. 3, 1994, by Pope John Paul II and ordained to the episcopate Jan. 25, 1995. Archbishop Niederauer was named eighth archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI Dec. 15, 2005.
Archbishop George Niederauer celebrated his 75th birthday June 14. The same day, he sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI in accordance with Canon Law 401, Sec. 1, which states, “A diocesan bishop who has completed the 75th year of age is requested to present his resignation from office to the Supreme Pontiff, who will make provision after he has examined all the circumstances.”
We are heartened to hear of His Excellencies good progess and will continue to pray for him!
Monday, September 5, 2011
One of the innumerable diasters caused by legalized abortion is how it denies, legally, the right to life, and thus undercuts the basic political agreement that created America.
On September 10, 2011, the Archdiocese of San Francisco will host its annual Archdiocesan Respect Life Conference & Public Policy Breakfast in St. Francis Hall at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Speakers will include well-known pro-life advocates such as Dr. Wesley Smith, who will tell attendees “What’s New in the World of Euthanasia?” Msgr. James Tarantino, vicar for administration for the Archdiocese of San Francisco will open the conference in prayer.
In addition to Dr. Smith, Canonist, nurse and scholar Marie Hilliard of the National Catholic Bioethics Center will speak on “Today’s End of Life Issues: Choices and Dangers.” Finally, Ms. Dana Cody, an attorney with the Life Legal Defense Foundation and Ms. Vicki Evans, Respect Life coordinator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco will facilitate a workshop titled “Are All Medical Directives Created Equal?” Ms. Evans (pictured above at the 2011 "Walk for Life West Coast") spoke with "A Shepherd's Voice" about the conference:
“The conference will address the decisions that individuals and families have to make when faced with end-of-life issues. These come up when a person or family member is elderly, and is reaching the end of his or her natural life, but they can also come up, tragically, when an accident or some other unforeseen event occurs. I get a good number of calls from Catholics who are unsure as to what Catholic teaching on end-of- life issues really is. People want to know what the Church teaches about assisted nutrition and hydration, about the use of ventilators, and about ‘do not resuscitate’ orders. Most are not clear about what Catholic teaching about aid in dying really is, what compassion toward the dying really is, and how it differs from widespread secular ideas on the subject.”
“Wesley Smith will be our keynote speaker. He will speak during breakfast. He’s so entertaining and yet so wise and conversant with end-of life issues. He will appropriately scare us with the latest developments around this subject.”
“The heart of the conference will be the address by Dr. Marie Hilliard: ‘Today’s End of Life Issues: Choices and Dangers.’ Dr. Hilliard holds graduate degrees in Maternal-Child Health Nursing, Religious Studies, Canon Law and Professional Higher Education Administration. She also has years of practical experience as registered nurse.”
“We will end with an important session on the uses and dangers of advanced directives: ‘Are All Medical Directives Created Equal?,’ led by attorney Dana Cody and me. It is very important that people know how to properly fill them out and also what the dangers are. There is an excellent Advance Healthcare Directive that has been prepared by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It incorporates Catholic teaching, and I highly recommend it. It can be downloaded from our website.”
“A very real danger today these days is the POLST document. That’s an acronym for ‘Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment.’ That’s a very dangerous document because it is binding on both the patient and the physician. Once executed, it becomes a permanent part of the patient’s electronic medical record. It is definitely something to avoid.”
The conference begins at 9AM on Saturday, September 10.
To learn more, to register or to download the Advance Healthcare Directive recommended by Ms. Evans, go to http://www.sflifeandjustice.org/end_of_life_issues
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney
Friday, September 2, 2011
On August 31, Assembly Bill 499, passed the California Senate. AB 499 was introduced by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-SD). Ms. Atkins is a same-sex "married" open homosexual. AB 499 would allow children 12 years and older to be vaccinated for contagious and specifically venereal diseases without the consent of their parents.
Here is a message and action alert from Bill May, Chariman of Catholics for the Common Good:
SACRAMENTO, CA, September 1, 2011--AB 499, the bill that permits 12 year old children to give consent without their parents' knowledge for vaccines or other medication to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, passed the CA Senate yesterday on a 22-17 vote. The Governor could take action on the bill any time between September 9 and October 9. Ask the governor to veto AB 499.
Flood the governor's office with phone calls and letters.
Please veto AB 499. It is bad healthcare policy, and an attack on the rights of parents and the rights of children to have the protection and guidance of their parents.
Besides, the state cannot afford expenditures for a new healthcare program, particularly one that is not needed and not wanted.
•Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
•Visit CCG's Facebook page and share the posting about this bill with your Facebook friends.
•And, most importantly, pray.
This bill is one of the most egregious violations of parental rights, next to the right to provide abortions for minors without parent knowledge. If it passes, parents will have no right to decide whether or not their child will receive vaccinations that could jeopardize their health. Additionally, children will be approached by Planned Parenthood and other adults encouraging them to be vaccinated to prepare them to become sexually active.
AB 499 is an outrage that must be stopped, but it will take a massive public outcry to do it.
Please ask the governor to veto AB 499 today. It is critical to get others to call as well.
This bill is an end run by the pharmaceutical giant Merck to push their vaccine, Gardasil, on California children at taxpayer's expense. A major public outcry in 2007 killed an effort to make the vaccinations mandatory when Merck proposed it then.
Now, if AB 499 becomes law, children as young as 12 years old will face coercion from adults motivated by profit or other agendas to receive vaccines that they don't need and could be harmful.
•The Center for Disease Control has reported deaths of 51 girls and 2 boys after being administered Gardasil, just one of the vaccines covered by this bill. There are many more reports of children maimed for life from the drug. (See http://truthaboutgardasil.org/.) Children are not equipped to evaluate risks and stand up to pressure from adults without the support of their parents.
•Former Merck researcher, Dr. Diane Harper says, “It is silly to mandate vaccination of 11- to 12-year-old girls... There also is not enough evidence gathered on side effects to know that safety is not an issue."
It is time for parents and anyone who cares about the welfare of California’s children to mobilize," said CCG Chair William B. May. "Let’s flood the governor's office with phone calls and letters. Governor Jerry Brown to veto AB 499. It is bad healthcare policy, and an attack on the rights of parents and the rights of children to have the protection and guidance of their parents."
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney
Thursday, September 1, 2011
"Archbishop George Niederauer is making good progress after undergoing cardiac double by-pass surgery last Monday, August 29, according to a report relayed by Auxiliary Bishop Justice. The Archbishop continues his recovery where he was hospitalized in Long Beach. All signs are positive, according to his doctors.
The Archbishop has expressed his deep appreciation for the prayers of the Priests, Deacons, Religious and Laity of the Archdiocese."
Bishop Justice adds that the Archbishop "...is not able to accept calls or visits, and there froe he has asked that I convey for him his deep appreciation for your prayers."