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Catholic Gov. Hosts NARAL Fundraiser

From Curt Jester

SALEM -- Archbishop John Vlazny is criticizing Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a Catholic, for playing host to an abortion rights fundraiser Friday night in Portland.

Vlazny, head of the Archdiocese of Portland, said it's an embarrassment and a scandal for Catholics that Kulongoski is hosting the event two days before the church conducts its annual "Respect Life" mass in Portland to show opposition to abortion.

"For a Catholic governor to host an event of this sort seems a deliberate dissent from the teachings of the church," Vlazny said in a statement today.

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This Republican Really Does Hate The Poor

By Matt Swaim:

Consider this an "ecclesial spine alert," as Archbishop Alfred Hughes has had the guts to speak out against this idiocy:

Archbishop of New Orleans Alfred C. Hughes has criticized a Louisiana lawmaker’s proposal to pay poor women to sterilize themselves, calling it “seriously wrong,” “blatantly anti-life,” and a “form of eugenics.”

Louisiana’s Rep. John LaBruzzo, a Republican from Metairie, last week said he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied.
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The Funny Side Of Cancer

by P.J. O'Rourke

I looked death in the face. All right, I didn't. I glimpsed him in a crowd. I've been diagnosed with cancer, of a very treatable kind. I'm told I have a 95% chance of survival. Come to think of it -- as a drinking, smoking, saturated-fat hound -- my chance of survival has been improved by cancer.

I still cursed God, as we all do when we get bad news and pain. Not even the most faith-impaired among us shouts: "Damn quantum mechanics!" "Damn organic chemistry!" "Damn chaos and coincidence!"

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Jennifer Granholm Preps Biden

One heterodox Catholic preps another for the debate. I wonder if Biden will tell her she is good looking?

Gov. Jennifer Granholm left after the Barack Obama rally in on Detroit Sunday to knock Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden around in Wilmington for four days before Thursday's vice presidential debate.

"I want to beat him up a little bit, so he does well," she told CNN.

Granholm flew with Biden to Delaware on Sunday, Biden spokesman David Wade said. She's the perfect person to play the role of Sarah Palin, he added.

"Joe Biden asked Governor Granholm to consider taking such a prominent leadership role heading into Thursday's debate because she's a Governor who knows how to tackle tough challenges, she shares his roots in law enforcement, and she's a heck of a debater," Wade said.

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Ignatius Insight: A Summer of Agony

This post is easily the most difficult one that I've ever written. I've been trying to put it together for three days now and I've had very little success. But here goes.

Regular readers have likely noticed that my presence here has been rather intermittent and sporadic the past couple of months. That's because these past two and a half months have been the most difficult months that we—my wife and children and I—have ever experienced. Not that this is really about us. It is about an eight-month-old baby girl named Elanor.

We first heard of Elanor in early April...

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Longenecker: Me and Mel

OK then, here's the Mel Gibson story:

I was living in London, and it was the year before Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ came out. There was some doubt as to whether Gibson would be able to get backers to help with the distribution of the film. He came to London to meet with Catholics involved in film and media as well as some potential financial backers to show us a rough cut of the movie.

Since I was writing film reviews at the time for Catholic papers I got an invitation. We saw the film in a little cinema in Soho in London, and afterward Mel Gibson appeared on stage to ask for our opinion and for any comments and suggestions.

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America Magazine: Vote For Obama

Author: Sidney Callahan

Why am I as a ‘mass going’ staunchly pro life Catholic, voting for Obama? Of course I disagree with his views on Roe vs Wade, but I think that his policies and programs more comprehensively follow Catholic social teaching than McCain’s-- and they even result in fewer abortions.

There’s a lot of evidence that providing aid and support for women, children and the poor, lowers the number of abortions. Pro lifers can choose to see present results rather than repeating exhortations for the future.

After all, to roll back and change laws in a democracy, the legislators, the courts and the majority of voters have to be convinced, and this process of moral reorientation on abortion can be a slow process. Think of the arguments you have with your friends and family

In the interim, when immediate overthrow of a flawed law is impossible it is morally permissible, as John Paul II expresses it, to recognize “the art of the possible” and try to “limit the harm done by such a law.”

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A Job For Jerusalem Jones!

JERUSALEM — A quest is under way on four continents to find the missing pages of one of the world's most important holy texts, the 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible known as the Crown of Aleppo.

Crusaders held it for ransom, fire almost destroyed it and it was reputedly smuggled across Mideast borders hidden in a washing machine. But in 1958, when it finally reached Israel, 196 pages were missing — about 40 percent of the total — and for some Old Testament scholars they have become a kind of holy grail.

Researchers representing the manuscript's custodian in Jerusalem now say they have leads on some of the missing pages and are nearer their goal of making the manuscript whole again.

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Prostitutes Enter the Kingdom Before You

ROME, SEPT. 26, 2008 (Zenit.org).- "Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, "Son, go out and work in the vineyard today." He said in reply, "I will not," but afterward changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, "Yes, sir," but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?' They answered, ‘The first.'"

The son who says "yes" and does "no" represents those who knew God and followed his law to a certain extent but did not accept Christ, who was "the fulfillment of the law." The son who says "no" and does "yes" represents those who once lived outside the law and will of God, but then, with Christ, thought again and welcomed the Gospel.

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Deathblogging - Dude!

Red Cardigan laments the descent of ... something.

From Newspapers --> Radio --> TV --> Liveblogging? Please stop.

How Low can we go?

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