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Soup Kitchens Now Illegal?

This is outrageous. Big government known no boundary. Ed Morrissey has the story and the vid:

I’m not sure I’d call this one a Nanny of the Month. I’d be more inclined to award Sal DiCiccio and the Phoenix City Council the Scrooge of the Year Award instead. What kind of people pass a zoning decision that makes food kitchens at churches illegal — at Thanksgiving? Reason.tv gives us the answer:
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Ordination. Sacrament or Ministry?

Interesting take on different views on ordination from Fr. Dwight Longenecker:

Reflecting on Jeffrey Steel's post here, I began to realize some of the deeper disagreements with Anglicans over women's ordination. It comes down to the fact that Anglicans do not necessarily understand ordination to be a sacrament. Whether there are seven sacraments or two is one of the areas that Anglicans are happy to leave unresolved. If you are an Anglo Catholic you accept all seven. If you are Evangelical you only accept two (Baptism and Eucharist) and even then your understanding of them is not what Catholics understand as a sacrament.
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Thoughts from 38,000 Feet

Some interesting thoughts and good writing from Miriel Margaret:

I’m on a plane right now, somewhere between Detroit and Denver, heading back from Thanksgiving break for the last three weeks of the residency portion of my fellowship. When I left Michigan, the sky was covered by what my friend Dan likes to call The Cloud—this is more accurate than saying “the sky is cloudy,” since all you can see is gray from one horizon to the other—but now I’m above the clouds and the weather is lovely. (Evidence of my grammar-Nazi-ness: the first time I wrote that last sentence, it read “now we’re above the clouds,” but then I realized that might make it sound like Dan was flying with me, which he certainly is not. Pronouns with unclear antecedents will do that to you.) I fly pretty often and I’m always torn about where to sit. Aisle seats are much more practical and I usually get more work done when I’m sitting in them, but nine times out of ten I end up choosing to sit by a window. There’s something about seeing the world from the sky that the seven-year-old in me has a hard time passing up.
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Awesome!

Great video at Mark Shea's place:

The Mute Monks are wonderful!
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Top 10 Things To Know About Advent

Everything you wanted to know about Advent but were afraid to ask at Taylor Marshall's blog:

The local radio stations are already playing Christmas music and everyone is already talking about the "Christmas" season--but it's not yet Christmas - this Sunday begins Advent, the season for preparing for Christmas.

So what is Advent and why is it important? Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. It has a quasi-penitential theme, and this can be a strong antidote against the consumerism of our nation and time.

I was recently wondering about the origins of Advent and its history. So I did a little research and came up with the Top Ten Things You Need to Know about Advent:
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Yeah! Let's Be Like Britain

What? You mean socialized medicine doesn't work?! Amy Proctor has the unsettling news:

Britain’s top hospitals in the National Health Servicesystem have the worst death rates in the country despite their elite “foundation status”. This status is granted by the NHS to top notch hospitals which affords them the privilege of rating their own standards and having more freedom to “customize” their patients’ needs.

Investigations found:

- Eight foundation hospitals are failing so badly that they have breached the terms of their licence to operate and are being placed under close supervision by the NHS watchdog, Monitor.
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Prayers Requested

Our blogging friend Adrienne of Adrienne's Catholic Corner just wrote that her step-son has died. My prayers go out to her and her family as well as for the soul of her step-son.

I will be gone for a short time. We have just received news that my step-son has died.

Prayers would be appreciated...

Gregory Scott Streeter

April 18, 1969 - November 26, 2009
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What to do with Those 'Extra Embryos?'

Horrifying.

Human embryos are human life. No matter how much society wants them to just be some batch of cells with no more moral worth than a blood sample, it just doesn't work. We know they are worth more than that. Case in point: this Boston Globe article all about the difficult decisions facing parents of frozen "left-over" IVF embryos. Story after story, parents of these frozen offspring are conflicted about what to do with their "extras." If embryos are simply a ball of cells no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence and nothing more, then why the conflict? I'll let this woman explain it in her own words:
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Jewish and Muslim Scholar Defend Christmas

While many Christians sit idly by, Christmas is defended by two unlikely sources:

No, this is not the beginning of a "walk in to a bar" joke:
Jewish and Muslim scholars protest English city's deletion of "Christmas" from city Christmas light display.

Executive Director of the from the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, Dr Edward Kessler, who is Jewish, said: "'people of all faiths in this country should recognise that such developments are a curb on all our religious freedoms. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. If Christmas lights cannot be named as such how can the religious festivals celebrated by Muslims, Jews, Hindus and so on be openly celebrated? If restrictions are only imposed on Christian festivals (for the time being), the interfaith endeavour is threatened."
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No "Christmas" at Best Buy

The latest update in our cultural slow motion suicide:

Christmas. Who needs it? Not Best Buy, that's for sure. After all, Best Buy is loathe to use that hateful word in its advertising. It's so "religious" and tinged with racism, America, and tradition. It makes Best Buy shudder to think of using that foul word, Christmas. But, advertising for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha? Heck, why not? What could be more welcoming and tolerant?

And so, Best Buy has issued a Thanksgiving sales flyer wishing all good multi-cultural, Muslim loving Americans a happy Eid al-Adha this year.
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Nuns Resisting Vatican

Seems we might have a bit of a standoff here:

Most US women religious are failing to comply with a Vatican request to answer questions in a document from Apostolic Visitator, Mother Angela Millea.

Leaders of congregations, instead, are leaving questions unanswered or sending in letters or copies of their communities' constitutions, NCR Online reports.

"There's been almost universal resistance," said one women religious familiar with the responses compiled by the congregation leaders. "We are saying 'enough!' In my 40 years in religious life I have never seen such unanimity."

The deadline for the questionnaires to be filled out and returned to the Vatican appointed apostolic visitator, Mother Mary Clare Millea, was November 20.
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Catholic League Slams Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews really did cross a line in this interview:

From The Catholic League:

From the Catholic League:

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the way MSNBC host Chris Matthews handled his interview with Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin last night on “Hardball”:

We were deluged with phone calls, faxes and e-mails after what happened yesterday on “Hardball.” After watching the first portion of the interview between Chris Matthews and Bishop Tobin, I wondered what all the fuss was all about: Chris was just being his usual aggressive self. But it didn’t take long before Matthews literally spun out of control.

Matthews proceeded with an extended and quite insulting lecture. He had absolutely no interest in a discussion on the question of the morality and legality of abortion—all he wanted to do was to make the bishop sit there and listen to his rant. Indeed, his tirade was simply over-the-top.
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Need Another Reason to Homeschool?

Warning! Some explicit language here. But this is the kind of madness that our children in public schools face. (And probably some Catholic schools too). Right Wing News has the video. It's pretty shocking:

In the video below you will see the mother of a Massachusetts public school student, an 11 year old girl. The mother is testifying before the "Joint Education Committee in support of the David Parker Parents Rights Bill (H406 – written by MassResistance) and against the Planned Parenthood compulsory sex-ed / homosexuality / abortion counseling bill (H3434) – both of which would affect children in the public schools."
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Fr. Landry on Kennedy

Fr. Landry writes brilliantly about the recent Kennedy debacle:

After the death of Senator Edward Kennedy, we argued that among the lessons needing to be learned from the history of the Church’s interaction with “pro-choice” Catholic politicians on Capitol Hill is that an education-alone approach has proven a total failure. The eloquent and clear teaching documents from the popes, the bishops’ conference and many individual bishops about the dignity of human life, the evil of abortion, and the duties of Catholic politicians with respect to human life have seemed to have had no impact on “pro-choice” Catholic politicians. Not only has there not been one “success story” over the past three decades of a “pro-choice” Catholic politician’s becoming pro-life, but rather, many of them have just grown bolder, with several Catholics in Congress having become the most radical proponents of abortion on Capitol Hill.
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Road To Heaven Is Through The HelpDesk

Sheila Liaugminas reminds us that there is nothing that puts our Christian virtues to the test like an unresponsive HelpDesk. I think even Jesus would have been turning over tables if he got dropped after being on hold for hours while his blog is down.

I was tempted to call this post ‘Purgatory’, but that seemed sacrilegious.

Just hung up the phone after wasting another two hours of life with a computer company for what would have been a really simple question, had somebody there taken the time to hear it. If I were a humor writer, this could be a great little book. Not an article, a book. It’s been weeks of technological meltdown that finally seemed to be over when, a few days ago, a technical expert spent eight hours straight (after an accumulated stretch of hours and days and weeks of really, really unbelievable problems and multiple other technical specialists spending time on it) finally reaching ‘The Great Breakthrough’ and delivering all systems to ‘Go’ and green-lighting the way forward.

Until I tried to record an mp3 for radio commentary, which I do every single day. No go.

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The Whiteness of MSNBC

Michelle Malkin does a great job here pointing out MSNBC's hypocrisy:

MSNBC host Chris Matthews, MSNBC reporter Norah O’Donnell, and MSNBC guest Joan Walsh shamelessly played the race card against Sarah Palin and her book-buying audience last week.

In Michigan, O’Donnell smugly noted that Palin’s fans were “largely white — almost no minorities in this crowd.” Matthews parroted the line, assailing the “white crowd.” Walsh likened the gathering to a “paranoid tea party.” Matthews hammered away at the “monochromatic” scene.

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Dems Buy Senator's Vote

This is exactly the kind of thing that's fueling discontent in this country. Pundette has the sordid details:

Granted, there is no “specific” mention of Landrieu in this bill but it’s pretty clear who they’re referring to. Does this constitute prostitution? She has clearly sold herself and/or her soul with this. It's sick.
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We Will Never Ordain Women

Damian Thompson wonders what's so hard about understanding that the Catholic Church will never ever ever ordain women:

Thanks to technical problems, I wasn’t able to comment on Rowan Williams (”Archbishop of Canterbury” in the Henrician usurpation tradition, as Gerald Warner calls him) lecturing the Vatican on the virtues of women priests. I’m glad he did, because it is high time that the Church of England stopped apologising for this innovation. Anglicans have women priests; Catholics and Orthodox don’t. End of story, so far as corporate reunion is concerned.

“Oh, but the Roman Catholic Church will certainly ordain women one day,” Dr George Carey once told me. No it won’t. Why do Anglicans find this so hard to grasp? When Pope John Paul II decreed that the Church does not have the authority to ordain women, he was reiterating a teaching that has never changed. It was, nonetheless, a historic declaration, for it meant that henceforth the Church could ordain women only by denying that the Pope has the divine authority to define an unalterable doctrine...
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The Casey Standard

Must read of the day from Frank Cannon at The Corner:

Robert P. Casey, the deceased former governor of Pennsylvania, spent his political career defending the principle that every human life is of infinite value. It cost him politically within his own party; but for Casey, politics was a calling to a higher cause — fidelity to the founding principles of the Declaration of Independence. In a 1995 speech at Notre Dame, he said this:
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Chris Matthews: Palin Supporters are Racist

Chris Matthews is looney tunes:

The attacks on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took an interesting turn Wednesday when MSNBC's Chris Matthews suggested that racism is at the heart of her support.

Much like mainstream media coverage of this year's Tea Parties, Matthews and "Hardball" guests Norah O'Donnell and Salon's Joan Walsh made an issue of how "white" the crowd was at a Palin book signing event in Michigan.

"This is a largely white -- almost no minorities in this crowd," reported MSNBC's O'Donnell live from the scene.
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What's Next? A Liturgical ShamWow?!

Step right up and get your shiny new Jesus dispenser. Father Z has more:

Am I off base here or is this just… wrong?

This comes to you from purity solutions: "artistic World-Class Churchware Proudly Mass in the USA for Over 60 Years".
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Obama: "I've Restored America's Standing"

For once I agree with Barack Obama, who said he's restored American's standing in the world. And he has restored America's standing to exactly where it was during the Carter Administration. Gateway Pundit has the vid:

Barack Obama told CNN yesterday, “I’ve restored America’s standing in the world… History will bear me out, or not.” Here’s the video of the Arrogant One with CNN–
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Suicide Culture

Suicide, infanticide, euthanasia. It's all fair game in the Netherlands, says Wesley J. Smith:

The Netherlands has the world’s most liberal euthanasia law, which is even more radical in practice. Its doctors assist the suicides of the depressed and the grieving, a practice long since approved by the country’s Supreme Court. Some “terminate” patients “without request or consent.” Babies born with serious disabilities are subjected to eugenic infanticide. Doctors whose patients may not qualify for euthanasia refer patients to an on line “auto euthanasia” how-to-commit suicide” site. Doctors who decide it is too difficult to kill patients directly, put them into terminal sedation so they don’t do the deed directly and in person.
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Ten Commandments of Twitter

This is fun from Lisa from Faith and Family Live:

This week’s article on CNN about rocker Courtney Love’s legal woes for slamming a fashion designer on Twitter have me thinking about what laws God might have handed down to Moses had Twitter.com been the pervasive communications tool back then that it is these days. No doubt, rather than having been inscribed upon stone tablets, the Lord’s laws would have been dictated in bite sized bullets of less than 140 characters apiece.

Here’s my stab at Ten Commandments for using Twitter:
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Hitler Tried to Take Over Christmas Too?

My goodness, this Hitler guy wanted to take over everything. Not content with attempting to take over Europe and Russia, he tried to take over Jesus' birthday to boot.Patrick Madrid asks:

Did you know Hitler's propaganda machine tried to commandeer Christmas? Neither did I. And that's why this article in today's Daily Mail online caught my eye and raised my eyebrows.

This insidious effort on the part of the Nazis to superimpose their own atheistic symbols and thought categories onto Christendom's ancient Christian symbols associated with the celebration of the Nativity of Christ was ultimately a failure, mainly because the Nazis were beaten by the Allies before this program of "re-education" could gain traction and take effect. But it is a good reminder that one of Hitler's prime directives was to do everything in his power to neutralize the Catholic Church, a force which he clearly understood to be the most formidable non-military obstacle standing in the way of the Reich's quest for total domination of Europe and beyond.
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Andy Serkis: From Gollum to Screwtape

From The Cimmerian comes news of what I deem genius. ht to John J. Miller

Andy Serkis, the actor whose voice and mannerisms drove the character of Gollum in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of Lord of the Rings, has now taken on another unsavory character sprung from the well of imagination that was the Inklings. This time, Serkis is trying his hand at Screwtape, the epistolary demon from C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Screwtape Letters

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CCHD Debacle Continues to Grow

James Todd at Pewsitter sums up the problem very well:

In the 2009 funding year, the Catholic Campaign For Human Development (CCHD)awarded approximately 250 grants totaling almost 8 million dollars. When you open the summary funding document provided on the USCCB website and begin to peruse the grantees it doesn’t take long to arrive at a couple of conclusions.

The first is that many of these organizations are involved in community organizing. The second impression is many of these organizations espouse the mission of peace and justice. While it would be a mistake to paint all justice and peace organizations or all community organizing groups as bad or undeserving of funding, the philosophical underpinnings and track record of these types of organizations does not inspire confidence. Quite the opposite, it raises red flags...
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What Did Jesus Do?

Erin Manning has a different take on the whole WWJD thing.

You can still see them in Christian stores, though they're past the peak of popularity now--those little bracelets with the letters W.W.J.D. printed on them.

Some Christians have adopted the phrase "What would Jesus do?" as a sort of catchphrase, a rhetorical device designed to make the believer stop and think before he or she acts, to make sure the intended action is in line with what our Lord would want or approve of. In a limited sense, this is a good impulse, inasmuch as it encourages moral behavior and careful adherence to Christian principles in our daily lives.
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Palin: "Why Not Us?"

I havent been really keeping close track of the whole Sarah Palin media tour but I saw this over at Amy Proctor's site and had to post it.

One of the things I love the most about Sarah Palin is that she lives her pro-life position. Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor and Republican VP nominee, told Oprah that when she told her husband Todd that the child she was carrying had Down Syndrome, she was scared, but that when she asked him, “Why us?”, he asked, “Why not us?”
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Kathryn Lopez on Prejean

Kathryn Lopez discusses the importance of Carrie Prejean:

Where have all the feminists gone? Sure, they’re everywhere to be seen when it comes to the matter of Nancy Pelosi’s health-care legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, insisting that American women should have the right to end their unborn babies’ lives on the taxpayer’s dime. But there is no love for a beauty queen who simply gave her opinion, when asked, during a beauty pageant. Since then, she’s had a target on her chest. It’s been a shameful exposé of what’s important to feminists.
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Union vs. Boy Scout

Mad! Mad, I say! This country has gone Maaaaaaaaaaddddd! For evidence, check out Pro Ecclesia:

Union thug threatens action against Eagle Scout for volunteer project:

In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson [no relation], 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.

Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city's largest municipal union.
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Smoking Pot Never Hurt Anybody, Right?

Powerful.

An elderly man is escorted to the body, he crouches down close, a police officer pulls back the blue coat and the man holds his face in his hands and weeps.

He has just identified the body of his seven-year-old grandson, Jaciel Ramirez. The man in car is his 28-year-old son, Raul.

The elderly man then calmly crosses the street, where he is greeted by his wife. She cries out loudly after her husbands tells her the news.
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Oh Nooooo! Nelson Backpedals

This is bad. Sen. Nelson was standing strong on abortion. Now, not so much. Jill Stanek has more.

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE, who last week insisted that the Senate health care bill include tight restrictions passed by the House on the use of federal money for abortion coverage, now says he would be satisfied with the less restrictive language approved by the Senate Finance Committee.

Nelson's position is apt to help Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, who is trying to cobble together a health care bill - which is full of policy mine fields such as abortion - without losing the support of any Democrats, many of whom support abortion rights, while others, like Nelson, do not.
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More Liberal Violence

Power Line has video of an altercation between peace loving Amnesty types and border control advocates. Guess who starts it?

We are beginning to see way too many echoes of the 1930s, as national socialist and Marxian socialist thugs try to drive competing political views off the streets. The worst offenders so far have been the Service Employees' International Union, which has repeatedly sent its members out into the streets to beat up anyone who isn't toeing the Obama line on issues like socialized medicine.

Most recently it's International ANSWER, a hard-core Communist group supported by shadowy funding sources that have never been made public, but appear to consist of a handful of rich people. ANSWER, notwithstanding its unabashedly Communist ideology, now feels comfortable enough to assault non-communist demonstrators who show up in the streets. In this case, the non-communists were protesting illegal immigration, seeking to uphold the nation's laws, when they were set upon by ANSWER's thugs:
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Do Not Listen To This Woman!

Rachel Balducci is spreading vicious lies about my beloved Diet Coke. Do not read her story! I repeat, do not read her story.

My long, crazy love affair with Diet Coke began over eleven years ago, when I was pregnant with Elliott.

I had gained 45 pounds when pregnant with Ethan, thanks in large part to my great love of Sweet Tea, and when I found out I was pregnant again (a year later) I decided I would just skip that part of the pregnancy, the part where I ingest vast quantities of sugar. I had miraculously gotten that weight off before Ethan's first birthday but I could not gain like that again.

So I started drinking Diet Coke. That's when it all began. And I only gained 25 pounds that pregnancy. Me and Diet Coke were meant to be.

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Is the Left Willing to Lose Over Abortion?

Pundette, as always, has the right question and some darn fine thinking for answers. I've been wondering myself how far the left is willing to go on this abortion debate.

Is the Left willing to lose over abortion coverage?

I don't think so. Obama's commitment to maximizing abortions is real, but it's not his highest priority.

Axelrod suggests that federal abortion coverage is a hill to die on:
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Maybe Newsweek is Endorsing Sarah?

The Volokh Conspiracy has a great take on the Newsweek (hit piece) cover story on Sarah Palin:

The cover of next week’s Newsweek features a picture of Sarah Palin, along with the headline “How do you solve a problem like Sarah?” The cover is one more example of the periodical’s positioning itself as the ideas journal for people who think that the New York Times’ in-house editorials are middle-of-road, but have too many big words. And of the magazine’s cultural disconnect from much of the United States.

To wit: “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” is an early song in The Sound of Music, which won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Picture. In the song, several nuns at an abbey in the Austrian mountains summarize the problems with the novice Maria (Julie Andrews): Maria is too physically active, athletic and outdoorsy. She is too expressive emotionally, particularly about her happiness. She is flighty, and late for everything except meals. She has a good heart, but does not listen well to advice from her elders, and she is highly self-directed: “How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?” The harsh nun, Berthe, calls Maria “a headache” and “a demon.” Newsweek’s subhead take’s Berthe’s role, calling Palin “bad news for the GOP–and everyone else too.”
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C of E Shuns Traditional Anglicans

Damian Thompson reports:

Conservative Anglo-Catholics, your time is up. As my colleague Jonathan Wynne-Jones reports, the General Synod committee charged with looking after opponents of women bishops has ruled out the idea of dedicated male bishops to safeguard traditionalists.

The logic of the decision makes perfect sense to me. The C of E has the legal authority to decide whether to ordain women priests and bishops. Having acquired that authority, it voted to ordain women priests in 1992 and will now take the obvious step of raising women to the episcopate. Anglo-Catholics lost the battle to stop this happening 18 years ago; for a time they were allowed to cover their eyes and pretend that women priests had nothing to do with them, but with the arrival of the first women bishops they will have to take their hands away from their faces, look around, and make up their minds whether to go or stay. Actually, many Anglo-Catholics have quietly decided that they can accept ordained women, and have tiptoed out of Forward in Faith and into Affirming Catholicism. The C of E certainly need not worry about the disappearance of bells and smells: women are just as adept at swinging a thurible as men.
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But It's Pro-Lifers Who Are Crazy

Big Blue Wave has a short vid of a pro-lifer vigil in Canada. The pro-aborts are just freaking out. Check it out.

Yesterday I posted about the Rosary for Life held in Bordeaux. I just got wind that the viglers at Saint-Étienne Cathedral in Toulouse were also the object of the pro-aborts' contempt. You can watch in the video (it's about 2 minutes). There's no voiceover, but the images speak volumes.
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Those Self-Proclaimed Internet Health Gurus

Brian Kopp has the skinny on wht looks to be a scam.

Be very skeptical when it comes to self-proclaimed internet health gurus.

For instance, Mike Adams of "NaturalNews" also owns a company that sells email marketing software, Arial Software. Be sure to check out their extensive client list. This is obviously not some obscure little guy fighting health care goliaths; Arial Software is in bed with some very big corporate/big pharma/big government giants, including XM Satellite Radio, Blockbuster, Bausch & Lomb, Federal Election Commission, ...

He calls it "permission email marketing software."

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Baby RB RIP

I've been following this story and Baby RB passed away today but Chelsea has a unique perspective:

Tragically, a severely disabled child in the UK, known only as “RB”, will soon be killed after his father withdrew his case against the boy’s mother who wants to have his ventilator removed. By all accounts I’ve read RB has no brain damage and is certainly not described as being in any kind of “vegetative state”. He was born with congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS), a rare neuromuscular condition which severely limits the ability to breathe and move limbs. He’s been in the hospital since he was born about a year ago and needs a ventilator to help him breathe, but otherwise he’s cognitively sound and has been able to communicate with his parents and doctors.
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What's an Adulterous Catholic To Do?

Pretty great take from the Curt Jester on Fr. Jim Martin's column on gay Catholics.

Here's a real pastoral question to consider: What place is there for the adulterous person in the Catholic church? With the warning from the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., that it would pull out of social services in the city rather than accede to a bill that would afford benefits to adulterers, a question, too long neglected, arises for the whole church: What is a adulterous Catholic supposed to do in life?

Imagine you are a devout Catholic who is also an adulterer. Here is a list of the things that you are not to do, according to the teaching of the church. (Remember that most other Catholics can choose among many of these options.) None of this should be new or in any way surprising. If you are adulterous, you cannot:
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Revelations About Forced Abortions in China

No matter what comes out about China, our country and other countries are going to ignore it because they're a huge market for our goods. Kathleen Parker, who we are not huge fans of, has a startling interview:

ONE of the few incontrovertible assertions one can reasonably make is that no one supports forced abortion.

Yet, coerced abortions, as well as involuntary sterilizations, are commonplace in China, Beijing's protestations notwithstanding. While the Chinese Communist Party insists that abortions are voluntary under the nation's one-child policy, electronic documentation recently smuggled out of the country tells a different story.

Congressional members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission heard some of that story Tuesday, two days before President Obama was slated to leave for Asia, including China, to discuss economic issues. Among evidence provided by two human rights organizations, ChinaAid and Women's Rights Without Frontiers, were tales of pregnant women essentially being hunted down and forced to submit to surgery or induced labor.

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of the Frontiers group, told the commission that China's one-child policy "causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth."
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Episcopalians Reject Pro-Lifer?

Maybe inclusiveness doesn't mean what I thought it meant.

The religious denominations that embrace abortion do so supposedly because they are tolerant and welcoming of people who disagree on issues like abortion. Yet, that is not proving to be the case for Abby Johnson, the former Planned parenthood director who quit after converting to the pro-life perspective.

Johnson, quit her position last month as the director of a local abortion business after seeing an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.

Her October decision has drawn national attention, exposed how Planned Parenthood does abortions for significant profit, and saw the abortion business fail to silence her now that she has resigned.
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Hah! How To Grade This Answer?

I don't know about you Danielle, but I give this answer an "A."

New VA & NJ Governors Are Strong Catholics

American Papist tells the unwritten story of the November elections.

On January 19th 2009 the new governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, will be sworn-in to office at 11:30 AM.

But earlier that day, at 9:00 AM, he will attend a Mass celebrated by Archbishop John Myers at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Chris Christie, you see, is a practicing pro-life, pro-family Catholic. I wrote in my posts leading up to the November elections as much.

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Oops!… Obama Forgets Something Again

I'm sure this doesn't mean anything, right? Go check the pic at Gateway Pundit:

Maybe he thought they were saluting him? It’s the Teleprompter’s fault no doubt. Next time they’ll have to start that thing early.
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Bill Clinton Doesn't Do Self Reflection

I don't think Bill Clinton really understand how Americans see him. If he did, he never would've said this:

So he's an authority on how to respect women?
"You ever watch that TV series 'Mad Men?' " Clinton asked. "If I keep watching this program, will I ever find a happy person? Great television. Good drama. But a lot of really painful reminders in that show about how black people were supposed to run the elevators... were supposed to ask permission before they get on an elevator. The way women were treated is appalling, and only occasionally funny to me."
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Stupak A "Terrible Defeat" for Pro-Lifers?

Via Pewsitter:

A Catholic pro-life activist is criticizing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and others who have declared passage of the Stupak amendment to the House healthcare bill a pro-life victory.

Catholic bishops and other right-to-life groups have praised House approval of the Stupak amendment that bans federal funding of abortion in the public health insurance option, but Judie Brown of the American Life League (ALL) says the amendment is a "terrible defeat" for pro-lifers. Brown reports that the Stupak amendment would still permit taxpayers to pay for some abortions.

"It will allow taxpayers to pay for abortions in the cases of rape, incest, life of the mother, and quite possibly even more than that," the ALL president contends. "And the bigger problem with the Stupak amendment is that while it may be viewed by some people as being an incredible victory for the pro-life movement, the fact of the matter is it does not bode well for us being able to protect human beings in the long term."
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Everyday Is a Bonus

I'm a little late with this one but the video at Faith and Family Live is really touching:

Here’s a sweet video apt for the observance of Veteran’s Day today.

It’s about “Honor Flight,” a program which flies elderly or terminally ill veterans to see the war memorials in Washington, DC.
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Students Buying Better Grades?

Is this what it's come to? This kinda' shows that educating students might be secondary to money. John Hawkins has the disturbing story:

No matter how much money we pour into the school system in this country, we get incessant complaints that the schools are underfunded. Worse yet, we hear gripes that teachers can't get the supplies they need to do their jobs.

Yet, nobody ever seems to ask the basic questions: Does pouring more money into a school system actually improve performance? Moreover, given the incredible amount of money we're spending per pupil, how is it that teachers can't afford notebooks and tissue paper? Is the eternal quest for more money about the kids or is it about catering to the teachers' unions? If private schools can do a better job of educating kids for much less money than these public schools, shouldn't we concentrate our efforts on getting kids out of public schools and into private schools via vouchers?
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Unborn Child Was 14th Victim

I've heard very little about Nidal Hasan's 14th victim. Maria Vitale of LifeNews.com has the story:

It was beyond heartbreaking, seeing a young widow pausing before a picture of her beloved soldier, killed not on the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan, but on the presumably safe spot of Fort Hood, Texas.

I had to turn away from the television screen, the pain on her face was so great.

In the massive media coverage following Major Nidal Hasan’s killing spree at the military post, I have heard over and over again about the death toll from the tragedy.

But seldom mentioned is the most hidden victim -- soldier Francheska Velez’s unborn baby. Velez was on maternity leave when she stopped at Ft. Hood, where she and the child she carried in her womb fell victim to Hasan’s bullet.
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A Tale of Two Nun Organizations

Now this is interesting. From American Papist:

I haven't been watching the Vatican visitation of women religions in the United States very closely.

I do, however, have a fixation on numbers and statistics, so this email forwarded to me caught my eye this morning.


You see, in the mainstream media, it is often claimed that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) represents 95% of women religious in the United States.

This is disconcerting, because the LCWR doesn't exactly always agree with Rome.
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Scandal: Archbishop Gregory and The CCHD.

Michael Hirsh reports

Every year around Thanksgiving, the USCCB pushes for a special offering for an organization known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). A year ago, one of the nefarious practices of the CCHD was to fund an organization by the name of ACORN. Because one of the vows that I took was to work for the purity and the peace of Christ's Church, I wrote my Archbishop and proposed that he use this special collection to make sure that any money collected was used for licit purposes. He responded with – what they call in seminary – gobbledy-gook.

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Hollywood vs. Heroes

Really insightful interview with Barbara Nicolosi about why Hollywood's liberal mindset corrupts the stories they tell:

Hollywood vs. Heroes
Salvo magazine has a very insightful interview with film critic Barbara Nicolosi (cleverly titled "Character Assassination") about "why the franchise hero has all but disappeared from Hollywood":

What’s the difference between a hero and a protagonist?

A good protagonist is simply one who is pushing the story events to happen; he doesn’t have to be a hero. Actually, no one in the movie business these days wants to say that his film has a hero. When you’re in pitch meetings, it’s considered quaint—and not in a good way—to talk about heroes. What you connote with the term “hero” is that some people are better than other people, and that’s not fair. Rather, it’s mean and judgmental. How dare you imply that? How dare you say that Patton was better than Goering? He wasn’t better. The two men just found themselves in different situations.
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Winning with Marriage

We keep being told that conservatives must ditch their views on abortion and gay marriage in order to enter the mainstream but last week an amendment banning federal funding of abortion passed and 40 congressman are currently protesting but doing it anonymously. And last week Maine voted for traditional marriage. So why should we be giving these issues up? Kathryn Lopez has more:

Opposing gay marriage is a loser of a position. That, at least, is what everyone seems to say, all along the political spectrum. Everyone, that is, except voters.

Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, has been my personal political hero for the last few election cycles for her tireless work in defense of the institution of marriage. It’s a bit of a thankless task. Those who adamantly disagree with Maggie are angry and hurting, and they frequently lash out. Those who agree frequently just want to leave the issue to Maggie and not think about it. But, in various iterations, she has been at it for decades now. And she does it eminently well — that is, with reason, and compassion, and knowledge. And she knows it’s about more than simply disagreeing with the gay activists. It’s about rebuilding an institution that has been neglected, abused, and underappreciated. It’s about re-teaching what a precious gift true marriage is. And it’s about settling and codifying a definition that is at the core of human civilization and the very lives of children.
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Sesame Street Disses Fox News

The White House's war on Fox News has now been taken to the streets. Sesame Street that is. Amy Proctor has the vid:

Sesame Street vs. Fox News?

In the clip, Oscar the Grouch is a reporter for the Grouch News Network (GNN), but he bored one female viewer, who responds: “From now on, I’m watching ‘Pox’ News. Now there’s a trashy news show!”
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Why Gay Marriage Affects Everyone

Excellent article from The Catholic Thing:

Election night: a good night for the conservative party, with the voters in Virginia and New Jersey evidently registering a rejection of the Obama Administration and its works. But one could watch even FOX News all night, as I did, without learning that something momentous was taking place in Maine. By a margin of 53-47 percent, the voters in this now most liberal of states, would overturn a law passed by the legislature to authorize same-sex marriage. Homoerotic marriage has been imposed now in several states through the judgments handed down by courts. Only in three states – Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine – have legislatures voted to make same-sex marriage legal. This was the first time that a decision of that kind could be submitted to the voters, and once again the people at large weighed in to preserve the institution of marriage.
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Bp. Trautman's War on the Translation

Fr. Z has a poll up on the translation. Let your voice be heard:

I invite other bloggers to get involved with this informal poll. The more blogs pick this up, the more likely a large number of bishops will get the news that people are reacting to Bp. Trautman’s declared intention to derail the new translation of the Roman Missal and force his agenda.

BTW… Bp. Trautman said he received some 50-60 e-mail in support of his ideas. I have received over 270. They are still coming in.
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Bishop Tobin on Kennedy's Catholicism

Wow.

By a mutual decision, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence and Representative Patrick Kennedy-- the son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy-- have postponed their meeting to discuss the Catholic congressman’s support of abortion. Over the weekend, the Rhode Island congressman sided with abortion advocates in voting against the Stupak amendment, which barred the use of federal funds from paying for most abortions in the House’s health care reform legislation.

Following the vote, Bishop Tobin issued a public letter to Representative Kennedy in which he ripped the congressman’s statement that “the fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.”

“That sentence certainly caught my attention and deserves a public response, lest it go unchallenged and lead others to believe it’s true,” wrote Bishop Tobin in the letter, which will appear in the November 12 edition of his diocesan newspaper. “And it raises an important question: What does it mean to be a Catholic?”
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Political Correctness Kills

What happened before Hasan's murder spree was ignored for so long because everyone was afraid of being called anti-Muslim. Pundette has the story:

Bill Bennett writes on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the attack on Fort Hood. Questions, like Hasan's "red flags," abound:
But there are questions to be asked and I suspect many of the answers will be unsatisfying — I also suspect we will see memos or some kind of paperwork on Nidal Hasan that will prove embarrassing to officials in the FBI, our intelligence services, or the military. There are many stories to relay relating to Hasan — here’s just one, reported by the AP: “Fellow students of Hasan in a military training course complained to the faculty about Hasan’s ‘anti-American propaganda,’ but said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim student kept officers from filing a formal written complaint.”
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Remember the Kelo Decision?

A testament to the wisdom of BIG GOVERNMENT from Right Wing News:

The Washington Examiner's Timothy Carney is reporting that the property Pfizer took in eminent domain is going to not be used after all:

The private homes that New London, Conn., took away from Suzette Kelo and her neighbors have been torn down. Their former site is a wasteland of fields of weeds, a monument to the power of eminent domain.
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Mom's Minority Status

Sometimes the difference between the family we would've picked and the family God gave us is very large. And we're better for it. Or at least Rachel thinks so:

It was a rainy evening, which had come on the heels of a rainy afternoon. That combination meant lots of consecutive inside-time for this brood of mine that would prefer to be outside where they can be as wild as they would like.

Inside, there are constricting rules like “don’t kick that soccer ball in the dining room” and “what did I just say about the soccer ball?” These are hard for my boys to understand, it seems, and everyone does better when being outside is the order of the day.
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Chicago Math

He saved or created what?

Breaking news!

Illinois data on stimulus-related jobs saved, created don't add up

More than $4.7 million in federal stimulus aid so far has been funneled to schools in North Chicago, and state and federal officials say that money has saved the jobs of 473 teachers.

Problem is, the district employs only 290 teachers.
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Sacre Bleu!

Say it ain't so Nick!

President Nicolas Sarkozy will next year press ahead with measures to make people work longer for their pensions to reform France’s cash-strapped retirement system, according to a senior official.
Queue riots. Never understood how such a lazy people can find the time for riots. Seems like it takes a lot of energy that could better go into cheese eating.

Narcissist In Chief

Obama sent a video to Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Guess what he talked about?

Second Guessing Stupak

Some folks are saying that Republicans should've voted against the Stupak amendment as a tactical maneuver. I think that would've been a profoundly bad idea. Ramesh Ponnuru has more at The Corner:

As John McCormack reports, a few conservatives have complained that Republicans shouldn't have voted for the Stupak amendment. Instead, goes the theory, they should have voted "present" in sufficient numbers to keep it from passing, thus forcing pro-life Democrats to vote against the underlying bill and potentially bringing it down. (Something like this view has been expressed on NRO too.) McCormack argues that this tactic would not have worked.

It would have had significant downsides.
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It's Here: ANGLICANORUM COETIBUS


Providing for Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church
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[COMPLEMENTARY NORMS]
[Press release]

In recent times the Holy Spirit has moved groups of Anglicans to petition repeatedly and insistently to be received into full Catholic communion individually as well as corporately. The Apostolic See has responded favorably to such petitions. Indeed, the successor of Peter, mandated by the Lord Jesus to guarantee the unity of the episcopate and to preside over and safeguard the universal communion of all the Churches,1 could not fail to make available the means necessary to bring this holy desire to realization.

The Church, a people gathered into the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,2 was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, as "a sacrament – a sign and instrument, that is, of communion with God and of unity among all people."3 Every division among the baptized in Jesus Christ wounds that which the Church is and that for which the Church exists; in fact, "such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and damages that most holy cause, the preaching the Gospel to every creature."4 Precisely for this reason, before shedding his blood for the salvation of the world, the Lord Jesus prayed to the Father for the unity of his disciples.5

It is the Holy Spirit, the principle of unity, which establishes the Church as a communion.6 He is the principle of the unity of the faithful in the teaching of the Apostles, in the breaking of the bread and in prayer.7 The Church, however, analogous to the mystery of the Incarnate Word, is not only an invisible spiritual communion, but is also visible;8 in fact, "the society structured with hierarchical organs and the Mystical Body of Christ, the visible society and the spiritual community, the earthly Church and the Church endowed with heavenly riches, are not to be thought of as two realities. On the contrary, they form one complex reality formed from a two-fold element, human and divine."9 The communion of the baptized in the teaching of the Apostles and in the breaking of the eucharistic bread is visibly manifested in the bonds of the profession of the faith in its entirety, of the celebration of all of the sacraments instituted by Christ, and of the governance of the College of Bishops united with its head, the Roman Pontiff.10

This single Church of Christ, which we profess in the Creed as one, holy, catholic and apostolic "subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him. Nevertheless, many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside her visible confines. Since these are gifts properly belonging to the Church of Christ, they are forces impelling towards Catholic unity."11

In the light of these ecclesiological principles, this Apostolic Constitution provides the general normative structure for regulating the institution and life of Personal Ordinariates for those Anglican faithful who desire to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church in a corporate manner. This Constitution is completed by Complementary Norms issued by the Apostolic See.

I. §1 Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church are erected by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith within the confines of the territorial boundaries of a particular Conference of Bishops in consultation with that same Conference.

§2 Within the territory of a particular Conference of Bishops, one or more Ordinariates may be erected as needed.

§3 Each Ordinariate possesses public juridic personality by the law itself (ipso iure); it is juridically comparable to a diocese.12

§4 The Ordinariate is composed of lay faithful, clerics and members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, originally belonging to the Anglican Communion and now in full communion with the Catholic Church, or those who receive the Sacraments of Initiation within the jurisdiction of the Ordinariate.

§5 The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the authoritative expression of the Catholic faith professed by members of the Ordinariate.

II. The Personal Ordinariate is governed according to the norms of universal law and the present Apostolic Constitution and is subject to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the other Dicasteries of the Roman Curia in accordance with their competencies. It is also governed by the Complementary Norms as well as any other specific Norms given for each Ordinariate.

III. Without excluding liturgical celebrations according to the Roman Rite, the Ordinariate has the faculty to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours and other liturgical celebrations according to the liturgical books proper to the Anglican tradition, which have been approved by the Holy See, so as to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared.

IV. A Personal Ordinariate is entrusted to the pastoral care of an Ordinary appointed by the Roman Pontiff.

V. The power (potestas) of the Ordinary is:

a. ordinary: connected by the law itself to the office entrusted to him by the Roman Pontiff, for both the internal forum and external forum;

b. vicarious: exercised in the name of the Roman Pontiff;

c. personal: exercised over all who belong to the Ordinariate;

This power is to be exercised jointly with that of the local Diocesan Bishop, in those cases provided for in the Complementary Norms.

VI. §1 Those who ministered as Anglican deacons, priests, or bishops, and who fulfill the requisites established by canon law13 and are not impeded by irregularities or other impediments14 may be accepted by the Ordinary as candidates for Holy Orders in the Catholic Church. In the case of married ministers, the norms established in the Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI Sacerdotalis coelibatus, n. 4215 and in the Statement In June16 are to be observed. Unmarried ministers must submit to the norm of clerical celibacy of CIC can. 277, §1.

§2. The Ordinary, in full observance of the discipline of celibate clergy in the Latin Church, as a rule (pro regula) will admit only celibate men to the order of presbyter. He may also petition the Roman Pontiff, as a derogation from can. 277, §1, for the admission of married men to the order of presbyter on a case by case basis, according to objective criteria approved by the Holy See.

§3. Incardination of clerics will be regulated according to the norms of canon law.

§4. Priests incardinated into an Ordinariate, who constitute the presbyterate of the Ordinariate, are also to cultivate bonds of unity with the presbyterate of the Diocese in which they exercise their ministry. They should promote common pastoral and charitable initiatives and activities, which can be the object of agreements between the Ordinary and the local Diocesan Bishop.

§5. Candidates for Holy Orders in an Ordinariate should be prepared alongside other seminarians, especially in the areas of doctrinal and pastoral formation. In order to address the particular needs of seminarians of the Ordinariate and formation in Anglican patrimony, the Ordinary may also establish seminary programs or houses of formation which would relate to existing Catholic faculties of theology.

VII. The Ordinary, with the approval of the Holy See, can erect new Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, with the right to call their members to Holy Orders, according to the norms of canon law. Institutes of Consecrated Life originating in the Anglican Communion and entering into full communion with the Catholic Church may also be placed under his jurisdiction by mutual consent.

VIII. §1. The Ordinary, according to the norm of law, after having heard the opinion of the Diocesan Bishop of the place, may erect, with the consent of the Holy See, personal parishes for the faithful who belong to the Ordinariate.

§2. Pastors of the Ordinariate enjoy all the rights and are held to all the obligations established in the Code of Canon Law and, in cases established by the Complementary Norms, such rights and obligations are to be exercised in mutual pastoral assistance together with the pastors of the local Diocese where the personal parish of the Ordinariate has been established.

IX. Both the lay faithful as well as members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, originally part of the Anglican Communion, who wish to enter the Personal Ordinariate, must manifest this desire in writing.

X. §1. The Ordinary is aided in his governance by a Governing Council with its own statutes approved by the Ordinary and confirmed by the Holy See.17

§2. The Governing Council, presided over by the Ordinary, is composed of at least six priests. It exercises the functions specified in the Code of Canon Law for the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors, as well as those areas specified in the Complementary Norms.

§3. The Ordinary is to establish a Finance Council according to the norms established by the Code of Canon Law which will exercise the duties specified therein.18

§4. In order to provide for the consultation of the faithful, a Pastoral Council is to be constituted in the Ordinariate.19

XI. Every five years the Ordinary is required to come to Rome for an ad limina Apostolorum visit and present to the Roman Pontiff, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in consultation with the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, a report on the status of the Ordinariate.

XII. For judicial cases, the competent tribunal is that of the Diocese in which one of the parties is domiciled, unless the Ordinariate has constituted its own tribunal, in which case the tribunal of second instance is the one designated by the Ordinariate and approved by the Holy See.

XIII. The Decree establishing an Ordinariate will determine the location of the See and, if appropriate, the principal church.

We desire that our dispositions and norms be valid and effective now and in the future, notwithstanding, should it be necessary, the Apostolic Constitutions and ordinances issued by our predecessors, or any other prescriptions, even those requiring special mention or derogation.

Given in Rome, at St. Peter’s, on November 4, 2009, the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo.

BENEDICTUS PP XVI

Zo: "When Does Life Begin?"

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USCCB to Endorse Obamacare?

This would be terrible news because in the end, no matter what happens with the Stupak amendment, a federal healthcare plan will cover abortion. Hot Air has more:

Consider this a pre-update on a post that I was writing about Catholic conscience exemptions. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops had opposed the Pelosi plan because of its federal funding for abortions. Now that Pelosi has allowed the Stupak amendment to come to a vote today, a rider that would more forcefully ban any federal funding for abortion coverage, the USCCB has announced that it will endorse the Pelosi plan, according to Politico:
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Slide Show No No

Oops. Curt Jester has the unfortunate story of a priest (now suspended) for some inadvertent photos is his slide show.

A priest in the Diocese of Scranton has been removed as administrator of three Throop parishes after he inadvertently displayed four photos of what a diocese spokesman called "minimally attired adult males" before the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Bridget's Church on Oct. 25.

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Planned Parenthood's Abortion Quotas

Sick.

A former director of a Texas Planned Parenthood branch who resigned after she watched an ultrasound-guided abortion told WND the clinic was pushing employees to strive for abortion quotas to boost profits.

"There are definitely client goals," former clinic director Abby Johnson said. "We'd have a goal every month for abortion clients and for family planning clients."

Johnson, 29, said the Bryan, Texas, Planned Parenthood clinic performed surgical abortions every other Saturday, but it began expanding access to abortion to increase earnings.
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Ellsworth Fails to Fool

This is great news from Ed Morrissey:

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) will get a vote on his amendment that ostensibly blocks federal funds from directly funding abortion services, while Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) has been denied a vote on his. Ellsworth has gotten token opposition from Planned Parenthood over his amendment, which would supposedly force people to pay for abortion coverage with their own funds — but still allows the sale of abortion coverage through government-run exchanges, which apply subsidies for overall coverage. Stupak and pro-life forces see the Ellsworth amendment as a dodge that offers no barrier to federally-funded abortions at all:
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Anglican Province Accepts Pope's Offer

Here's some wonderful news from the National Catholic Register:

The Traditional Anglican Communion’s province in Great Britain has become the first to accept Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution for Anglicans.

All its members voted unanimously to come into communion with Rome under the terms of the new provision, which allows them to retain their Anglican patrimony.

An undated statement on the province’s website reads:

“That this Assembly, representing the Traditional Anglican Communion in Great Britain, offers its joyful thanks to Pope Benedict XVI for his forthcoming Apostolic Constitution allowing the corporate reunion of Anglicans with the Holy See, and requests the Primate and College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion to take the steps necessary to implement this Constitution.”
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Obamacare's Monthly Abortion Premium

House Republican Leader John Boehner discovers something ghastly in the healthcare bill:

Health care reform should not be used as an opportunity to use federal funds to pay for elective abortions. Health reform should be an opportunity to protect human life - not end it.

Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s 2,032-page government takeover of health care does just that. On line 17, p. 110, section 222 under “Abortions for which Public Funding is Allowed” the Health and Human Services Secretary is given the authority to determine when abortion is allowed under the government-run plan. The Speaker’s plan also requires that at least one insurance plan offered in the Exchange covers abortions.
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"The Road:" A Movie Review

I can't wait to see this movie. It's one of my favorite books. This review at Catholic Key is interesting. It starts with a few paragraphs of introduction concerning a trip to Paraguay and then gets into the movie:

Six years ago, while visiting family in the outskirts of Asunción, Paraguay, I made a trip downtown to visit a chapel housing the heart of a saint. Roque González de Santa Cruz was born in Asunción in 1576, became a Jesuit missionary in 1609, and was killed by a native Guarani chief named Nheçu in 1628. Under the care of the Society of Jesus, a chapel next to a school named Cristo Rey is said to contain what remains: Nheçu’s weapon and Roque González’s heart. How? In what condition? I was asking those questions, too. But I arrived too late, and a strange old woman working in a room beside the chapel told me that yes, the heart was in there, but visiting hours were over for the day. My flight back to Kansas City left the next morning and I haven’t been back since.
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Nobody Pushes Abortion?

Profound ignorance from the ladies from The View:

Abby Johnson, the Planned Parenthood director who quit a few weeks ago because she saw an abortion on ultrasound and also felt pressured to sell abortions was the subject of a discussion on The View on November 2. Notice how Joyce Behar doesn't have a problem with killing babies, but states that the "real immorality" is the profit made by the abortion industry.
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Rep. Steve King on Abortion in Healthcare

Pro-life congressman Steve King gives a great interview to John Hawkins concerning the healthcare legislation and abortion funding. King is very clear about what's happening:

What follows is an interview done, via email, with Congressman Steve King.
Will the healthcare bill winding its way though Congress fund abortion?

Absolutely. H.R. 3962 includes the Capps Amendment, adopted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which authorizes direct taxpayer funding for abortions under the public plan. It will be left to the discretion of the Secretary to determine whether the public plan includes abortion. Nothing under the current bill restricts the public plan from covering abortion. Given Sec. Sebelius’ unfettered support for abortion, and given the President’s own statements that “reproductive health” would be central to his health care plan, we know that abortion will be covered under this government plan, and your tax dollars will then be used to reimburse for abortion services for the first time in decades.
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I Can't Find My Son!

Every parent's worst nightmare.

At first, I expect to find him in the bathroom, playing with water, or somewhere else, getting into trouble with something he isn’t supposed to be playing with. But as I check room after room, closet after closet, he wasn’t showing up. The faucets were off, there were no unexpected messes, and he was nowhere to be found. I look under the bed. I look in the dryer (hey – who knows?). I look behind couches and chairs, under desks, on top bunks and in spare rooms. Nothing.

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Tear Jerker of the Day

Whoa. Beautiful. Tough to even think about.

When 6-year-old Elena Desserich was diagnosed with brain cancer, she began hiding hundreds of little love notes around the house for her parents to find after she was gone. Here’s the story:

Just before her sixth birthday, Elena Desserich (right) was diagnosed with brain cancer and given 135 days to live. She lived 255 days, passing away in 2007. After her death, Elena’s parents, Brooke and Keith, found hundreds of notes from Elena hidden around the house — in between CD cases, between bookshelves, in dresser drawers, in backpacks….

"It just felt like a little hug from her, like she was telling us she was looking over us"
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The Church of Secularism

Erin Manning writes about the church of secularism:

The proponents of secularism pretend that secularism is the only logical, neutral way for a state to be. The state, according to a secularist, can't approve of religion or even give the impression that it thinks that religious or moral values are generally something to respect or encourage. Any positive recognition that a state gives to any religion is, in a secularist's mind, a violation of the rights of non-religious citizens; thus a state must insist that every appearance of religion be removed from public institutions.
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Stephy: Awful Night for...Sarah Palin?

Ace delves into the weird and twisted mind of George Stephanopolous and lives to tell about it:

George Stephanopoulos: Last Night's Elections Big Referendum With National Implications... For Sarah Palin. Mmmm... she was instrumental in moving a guy from 13% to 46%.

So, does that demonstrate her power? Nah.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The bottom line, when there is a civil war inside the Republican Party, a Democrat can squeak through in a district that has not gone to the Democrats since about the Civil War. So, this is a big surprise for the Democrats here. I think it was a big loss for Sarah Palin. A big win for the Democrats who poured it on in the final days especially Vice President Biden who came in the final day.

Do the big Republican wins in NJ and VA similarly mean "a big loss" for Barack Obama, who stumped multiple times for Corzine and Deeds?
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Abortion Escort Nun Speaks Out

Wow.

For decades, Sister Donna Quinn has championed the rights of women to use contraception, seek ordination and end unwanted pregnancies.

The Dominican nun has picketed for abortion rights in Washington, petitioned the pope for a female archbishop and escorted women into abortion clinics.

But as the Vatican turns up scrutiny of the nation's nuns and U.S. Roman Catholic bishops refuse to support universal health care if it covers abortion, Quinn has put her crusade on hold.

"I want to be clear that this is my decision," she said in a statement Tuesday, saying she would suspend her role as a peacekeeper outside the ACU Health Clinic in Hinsdale. "Respect for women's moral agency is of critical importance to me, and I look forward to continuing to dialogue with our congregation on these matters as a way of informing my actions as well as educating the community."
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Kennedy to Meet With Bishop

LifeNews.com reports:

Congressman Patrick Kennedy says he will meet with his Catholic bishop after saying that the Catholic Church is not pro-life because it opposes the health care bills in Congress over their government funding of abortions. Kennedy said that in an interview last week and was quickly rebuked by Bishop Thomas Tobin.

Kennedy told CNS News in an interview that the Catholic Church is fanning “the flames of dissent and discord” by taking the position.
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Analysis of Big Three Races

John Hawkins delivers excellent analysis of the big three races on which so much depends:

In the New Jersey Governor's race, it's a three way fight between incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine, Republican Chris Christie, and independent Chris Daggett.

New Jersey has been a heartbreaking state for Republicans because time after time, in race after race, the GOP candidates have started off strong only to be swamped by the Democrats at the end of the race.

Further complicating matters in this race, independent Chris Daggett is draining off support for Christie.

Looking at the polling numbers, what you find is that Corzine is consistently polling in the 40-43% range while Daggett is polling at roughly 10%. That means Corzine's top number is probably somewhere between 43% and 46% of the electorate. In a two way race, he would be dead meat.
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Salon Disbelieves PP Director's Conversion

The Planned Parenthood director who resigned and now prays outside of her old abortion clinic better get used to being attacked. Big Blue Wave has more:

Left-wing publication in denial about PP director's resignation. Salon:
That level of harassment is enough to make anyone consider a new profession. Not to mention, a threat to the life of one's husband and daughter would send most folks fleeing to the first bland desk job they can find. That is why anti-abortion activists do it; terrorism can be very effective. That isn't to say that Johnson was coerced into quitting her job and joining the other side. It's utterly believable that an ultrasound could change one's feelings about abortion, especially for someone living in a staunchly conservative community.
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Christianity? What Christianity?

Continuing in their effort to cleanse Europe of its heritage and assure a calamitous future, the European Court of Human Rights disallows crucifixes in Italy's classrooms. Jihad Watch has the story:

The European Court of Human Rights strikes a blow against the continent's Christian heritage. It is likely that the court would not be this chary toward granting the use of Islamic symbols -- and certain that Islamic expression in Europe will continue to grow as Christianity continues to wane. "Italy school crucifixes 'barred,'" from the BBC, November 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against the use of crucifixes in classrooms in Italy.
It said the practice violated the right of parents to educate their children as they saw fit, and ran counter to the child's right to freedom of religion.
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Relentless Pursuit: A Conversion Story

I always love reading conversion stories. Maybe because no matter how bad things get you know you're going to get some kind of happiness in the end. Shalimamma at Life Victorious writes revealingly and beautifully and we're currently up to Part 12. You can check them all out. Worth the read:

Incense. Warmth. Stained glassed windows.
The Sunday morning sun blaring as we exited the church to shake the warm pastor’s hand.
Intimate and excited conversations of the coming world’s troubles, and our gratification that we were obedient rebels, sticking with the truth, no matter how unpopular.
These are some of my memories of my Catholic childhood.
The Church was...
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The Idol of 'Woman's Experience'

New Oxford Review on Catholic pro-abortion feminists:

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the notorious full-page advertisement in the October 7, 1984, New York Times, in which nearly a hundred Catholics, including some two dozen nuns, tried to boost the presidential campaign of Democrats Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro by claiming that there is a "diversity" of lawful opinion about abortion inside the Catholic Church. When the Vatican objected, many of these nuns played a cat-and-mouse game with Rome for nearly two years. In A Just and True Love, a collection of essays published earlier this year by the University of Notre Dame, Sr. Anne Patrick, S.N.J.M., states that twenty-two of the sisters held out until they were able to "clarify" their views "in a way that both their consciences and Rome could accept." She adds that they managed to "retain community membership without backing down from their claim that signing the statement had been appropriate in view of the situation in the United States at the time."
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Halloween's a Pagan Holiday, Right? Not.

I found this darn interesting. You see, you think you know stuff because it's been repeated so often but it often suffers from the shortcoming of being untrue. Mark Shea has the link:

Everybody knows that Halloween was a pagan holiday called "Samhain" that was co-opted by the Church

And everybody is wrong. The invaluable Mike Flynn upsets the apple cart with, you know, facts and stuff.
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Video: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Impressive video from Congressman Mike Pence at Gateway Pundit:

Wow!… This is excellent! Thank you Rep. Mike Pence for this wonderful video.

Congressman Mike Pence released the following video, urging all Americans to rise up and let their voices be heard in opposition to the Pelosi health care plan.
“Let Your Voice Be Heard”
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Everyday Miracles

Wonderful personal story from a blog I just found.

I ran into an acquaintance at a dinner several weeks ago. When I introduced him to Rosario, he quickly realized which of my sisters she was – the one who had been shot. He knew only the basic facts of her ordeal and some of those facts were second- and third-hand. Rosario clarified several things and shed light on a few others. At one point, he turned to me in awe and said, “You didn’t tell me I was meeting a miracle!”
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Is WaPo Anti-Catholic?

The American Spectator takes down the assumption that if you're not for gay marriage you're anti-gay:

I must admit to a fondness for the Washington Post editorial board, much like I once had fondness for The New Republic as the voice of the thoughtful and responsible center-left. I obviously find myself in disagreement with the Post, quite often, but I have found that under Fred Hiatt the editorial pages there have actually been often more fair than the news pages -- not more conservative (although that, too, by a smidgen), but more fair: less apt to employ histrionics, less likely to skew arguments and to misrepresent the other side, etc.

But when election season rolls around, the Post editorials revert to liberal form. And the paper's rage against conservative Virginia AG candidate Ken Cuccinelli knows no bounds. Last Friday, the Post dropped this stink-bomb entitled "Mr. Cuccinelli's bigotry." The Post was incensed about these comments of Mr. Cuccinelli: " My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that. ... They don’t comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”
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Fr. Pavone on Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life writes about the important work of crisis pregnancy centers in the Philadelphia Bulletin:

One of the most encouraging facts about the pro-life effort in our country is that there are far more pregnancy resource centers, over 2,300, than there are abortion mills, about 740.

The centers used to be called “crisis pregnancy centers” and were often advertised with the promise of “free pregnancy tests.” Now, the more common term is “pregnancy resource centers” (PRCs), and the range of services provided goes far beyond pregnancy testing and includes the services of fully licensed medical clinics.

Moreover, these centers do not just operate on their own with the support of their local communities. Rather, there are large well-organized networks of pregnancy centers, united by a commitment to professional standards of care, expert training programs and joint efforts to make sure everyone knows exactly where to turn for alternatives to abortion.
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One Hit. Two Lives Changed.

Tragic and beautiful story at NCAA Football Fanhouse. (A H/T to Blessed Among Men)

Brad Gaines will do it again early Wednesday morning. He'll grab some Clorox and glass cleaner, toss them in the trunk of his Buick and head to a little cemetery 175 miles away.

His long, strange trip actually began 20 years ago today.

"I'll be doing it until I die," Gaines said.

He goes to visit a friend he never really knew. Then one crazy football play bound them forever. On a Homecoming afternoon, he collided with Chucky Mullins.

Gaines, a tailback for Vanderbilt, got up and headed back to the huddle. Mullins, a safety for Mississippi, never moved again.
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