L.A. stray CATholic
Meow! THIS L.A. CAT LOVES RATZ.
A Catholic Living with L.A.
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MEXICO CITY, July 13 (Reuters) - President Vicente Fox, the first devout Roman Catholic to lead Mexico in decades, has been labeled a traitor by the church after his government put "morning-after" contraceptive pills in public clinics this week.
The morning-after pill, sometimes called emergency contraception, is taken within 72 hours of intercourse to prevent pregnancy. It contains hormones such as estrogen and progestin that stop a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in the uterus.
Title X is one of two major federal government funding sources for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation's largest chain of abortion centers murdering over 244,000 unborn human beings per year by surgical abortion alone).One of Sanger's infamous quotes (and there are many) is:
"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)
"Be assured that the fullness of the Gospel of Life will be proclaimed here, and each human life, from its earliest moments to its eldest years, will find in this place nurture and respect."Now I ask you, how does one explain the stark incongruity between these words and Mahony's actions?
"You don't expect a Vatican spokesman to be like this, even if you've seen him on television a thousand times and have grown accustomed to his handsome face and his musical Spanish intonation. After long wooing, the man who was Karol Wojtyla's public voice for twenty years and has just been reconfirmed by the new pope agreed to this emotionally intimate interview."For the interview, go HERE.
He prayed that everyone will embrace "the truth that our neighbor is anyone near or far who needs our assistance and support," unless, of course, that neighbor is an unborn child.
He prayed that "we will recognize that the dignity and worth of each person comes from [God] and is not determined by race or ethnicity, by age or gender, by economic or immigration status, by faith or creed," unless that person's legal status is "fetus."
He prayed for peace on earth and for a "world free from violence, war and oppression," but made no mention of the war against the unborn which continues with unabated fury. Neither did he acknowledge that abortion is the most heinous act of violence imaginable because it destroys an innocent and defenseless human life.
Mahony's prayer for the new L.A. mayor used lots of words but said really nothing.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, like so many of the saints, used few words but said a whole lot.
Here is what she said at the 1997 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., with Bill and Hilary Clinton -- abortion's most powerful friends -- in attendance.
Mother Teresa: "What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another."
Cardinal Mahony could have simply quoted those few words of Blessed Mother Teresa and sat down and a spiritual earthquake would have rocked L.A. L.A. Catholics would have loved him for it and undoubtedly others would have hated him. But surely God would have been pleased and a revolution would have begun. But, sadly, he did not. Is it cowardice that muzzles him? Are there too many favors owed to too many powerful people? Is it allegiance to ideology? Or lack of faith?
God alone knows the answer and we may never know it.
Meanwhile, we cry out still: how long, O Lord?
And we pray for the Cardinal Archbishop of the largest Archdiocese in the richest nation in the world.
The law firm representing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has established a website to provide comprehensive information and analysis about the resolution of clergy sexual abuse as a legal issue.
... J. Michael Hennigan of Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman, which represents the Archdiocese, said legal issues stemming from the clergy abuse scandal are complicated and often misunderstood.
"I think everyone, from Cardinal Mahony on down, has felt some frustration that the local media just hasn't been explaining these issues completely," he said. "And that's a shame because the issues before the courts involve matters fundamental to the way Catholic practice their religion. We hope this website will clear up some of the misinformation and help people to understand better the positions staked out by the Archdiocese."
VATICAN, July 5, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) -Speaking to the Bishops of the United States at Queen of Angels Seminary in Los Angeles [shut down by Mahony] on September 16, 1987, Pope John Paul II stated: "It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today do not adhere to the teaching of the Catholic Church on a number of questions, notably sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage. Some are reported as not accepting the clear position on abortion. It has to be noted that there is a tendency on the part of some Catholics to be selective in their adherence to the Church's moral teaching. It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the magisterium is totally compatible with being a 'good Catholic,' and poses no obstacle to the reception of the Sacraments. This is a grave error that challenges the teaching of the Bishops in the United States and elsewhere."
L.A. Catholic is doing what it can to help the cause.
Okay, I mean it. I am collecting material on what is going on in the Los Angeles diocese and I'm going to send it, along with the strongest letter I can muster, to Rome.
I need material. Please send me your L.A. stories of liturgical abuse and incidents that are in blatant contrast to the teachings of the Church, such as the Rainbow Sash stuff or throwing a big pagan party at the Cathedral for all the pro-abortion politicians.
I'd also be happy to start a petition, if anyone thinks it would do any good.
At my church, we kneel after communion, in direct defiance to instructions from the Taj Mahony. But if I knelt after the Agnus Dei, I would be the only one in the church. I hate this more every Sunday. Again, it seems like the Pope could put an end to it with one phone call. So why doesn't he? How can we get an L.A. movement going that says we want to have the same Mass as everyone else on the planet?
I've got it! We need to come up with the "We want to kneel, dammit!" sash! Does anyone have a suggestion for a color?
Most of the abuses mentioned in Redemptionis Sacramentum do not pertain to the celebration of the Eucharist in our Archdiocese because of our many efforts to provide intensive and extensive training in proper liturgical norms and practice.That's a lie.
(* For a somewhat tangential but excellent essay on the dreadful terms "presider" and "presiding", go HERE).I am happy to say that the folks at ADOREMUS have come up with a much better idea (the bumper sticker idea was never a serious one, by the way). They have developed a SURVEY that allows Catholics (lay and ordained) to assess how the provisions of Redemptionis Sacramentum are being implemented in their parishes and dioceses.
A year ago the Holy See issued Redemptionis Sacramentum, an Instruction subtitled “On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist”. Dated March 25, 2004, it is the “prescriptive document” called for by Pope John Paul II in his last encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (May 2003), and is intended to “help to banish the dark clouds of unacceptable doctrine and practice, so that the Eucharist will continue to shine forth in all its radiant mystery”. On October 7, 2004, Pope John Paul II issued Mane Nobiscum Domine, and declared the beginning of the Year of the Eucharist, to conclude with a synod of the world’s bishops on the subject of the Eucharist to be held in Rome October 2-23, as confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI.No bumper stickers. No 888 numbers. But you can be sure that you will be heard. Remember that Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio has been a major impetus behind ADOREMUS and he is also very close to Pope Benedict XVI.
[one] ... focus of [Adoremus'] observance of the Year of the Eucharist is to survey implementation of Redemptionis Sacramentum during the past year. Its corrective provisions were to be implemented immediately. The survey questions concern practices that the document calls “grave matters”. The completed survey forms will be tabulated by Adoremus, and the results will be sent to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
"The day began with Villaraigosa and more than 1,000 others attending an interfaith service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels ...PLANT FICUSES
When he arrived at the cathedral, the mayor and his family, who are Roman Catholics, went to St. Vibiana's Chapel for a private prayer with Cardinal Roger M. Mahony.
... Villaraigosa then led a procession of hundreds down Temple Street to City Hall. Heavy security, some of it by union activists, kept more than a dozen anti-abortion protesters from getting close to Villaraigosa. They followed on the sidewalk chanting, "You can't be a Catholic and pro-abortion."
"Still keyed up from his swearing-in festivities, Villaraigosa arrived early in a Mid-City neighborhood to help the nonprofit group TreePeople plant a new tree and prune 30 others. He was dressed casually in a short-sleeve shirt and slacks, and seemed eager to help out.KILL FETUSES
... Villaraigosa had pledged during his campaign that he would plant 1 million trees in the city, and he told more than 30 volunteers and residents of 5th Avenue on Saturday that their work planting and caring for trees would help him realize his dream."
"Villaraigosa is no friend to preborn babies," said [Joseph] Starrs. "According to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, while serving as a state assemblyman Villaraigosa had a 'perfect' pro-abortion voting record, including a vote in support of partial-birth abortion."
A pro-life Catholic group is calling for the resignation of Los Angeles Archbishop Cardinal Roger Mahony after security guards at the city's main cathedral threatened to arrest students protesting at inauguaration ceremonies held there for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.Go HERE for full story.
LOS ANGELES, July 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- "Today's attempted arrest in Los Angeles of the student participants in American Life League's Crusade for the Defense of our Catholic Church is beyond scandalous," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. "Since when is it against the law for Catholics to defend the Catholic faith at a Catholic Cathedral? We are outraged at the situation."
Today's scene occurred when more than a dozen young people attempted to attend the inauguration ceremonies of Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor-elect of Los Angeles, who is a pro-abortion Catholic. The young adults are part of American Life League's 2005 Crusade for Life walks in which they are trekking from San Diego to Sacramento spreading the truth about the incompatibility of Catholicism and support of abortion.
The group planned to attend the inauguration ceremonies, beginning at the Cathedral, and peacefully protest with shirts and signs that read: you can't be Catholic and pro-abortion.
"It is an outrage that an event honoring a pro-abortion Catholic public figure that openly supports the killing of the preborn would occur at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral," said Brown. "It is even more shameful that Cardinal Mahony and others would attempt to censor faithful Catholic students from proclaiming the truth."
Cardinal Mahony walked alongside Villaraigosa from the Cathedral to City Hall where the remainder of the inaugural ceremony took place. The new mayor took the oath of office with his right hand on the Holy Bible (or was it the Koran?) and then gave his inaugural speech which was greeted with frequent applause.
At the first event, readings and prayers were recited from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and other faiths.
The cathedral was infused with incense burned during a Native American prayer. Clerics in turbans and flowing orange gowns sat next to those in traditional Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Rite robes.
Attending were Jerry Brown, mayor of Oakland; former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and his wife, Nancy Daly Riordan; U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi; California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez; Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante; United Farm Workers official Dolores Huerta; former Vice President Al Gore, and state Treasurer Phil Angelides.
[One is hard-pressed to find any pro-life folks in that crowd]
The service ended in a prayer circle, with religious leaders surrounding Villaraigosa, and a concluding benediction by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony.
Mahony urged Villaraigosa to show "special concern for those residents of our city on the margins of life, of society and most in need," and "to strive for what is right and just."
To mariachi music, Villaraigosa then strode out of the sanctuary and onto the downtown streets at 9:09 a.m. for the short walk to City Hall.
"All of us were so moved by the spirituality of giving the strength to the mayor and his wife as they take on this unbelievably challenging role," said Nancy Riordan during the procession.
"We pray for a new kind of politics -- focused on moral principles, not on the latest polls, on the needs of the poor and vulnerable, not the contributions of the rich and powerful."
"No! the chastisements of God are not yet at an end; still more sorrowful times are ahead; and divine justice will be placated by the devotion to the Blood of Jesus Christ."These quotations are so homogeneous in thought and spirit that one may well be pardoned for thinking that they were spoken by the same person, perhaps even on the same occasion. Actually they were uttered more than a century apart by two different men, each aflame with love for the Precious Blood.
"The world can still set itself right and always will be able to, because the voice and blood of Christ cry out for pity and mercy . . . Devotion to the Precious Blood is the devotion of our time . . . It is a devotion for all souls, for the whole world."
Between the years of 1796 and 1784, Father Serra made six voyages by sea totaling 5,400 miles. He traveled by land the distance between Monterey and San Francisco eight times, Monterey and San Antonio 11 times, His longest journey by land was from Monterey to Mexico City. In total, he traveled well over 5,500 miles by land.His motto was, "Siempre adelante, nunca retredecer," which in English means, "Always to go forward, never to turn back."