10 May 2009

Dr. Alan Keyes

"I am going back on campus to prayerfully bear witness. Come, join me, let us trespass together so that in our trespasses we might find ourselves fully in obedience to the will of God." ~ Dr. Alan Keyes

01 April 2009

Catholic Church prepares for tens of thousands of U.S. converts

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2009 / 04:09 am (CNA).- Tens of thousands of new Catholics are expected to join the Catholic Church in the U.S. in 2009, with many doing so at the Easter Vigil liturgies on April 11. Converts to Catholicism are known as catechumens if they have never been baptized and as candidates if they have received baptism in another Christian community and now seek full communion with the Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta, where Catholics have traditionally been a minority, estimates that 513 catechumens and 2,195 candidates will enter the Catholic Church in 2009, about 1,800 doing so at Easter. The figures do not include infant baptisms.

Father Theodore Book, director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Atlanta Archdiocese, said the archdiocese has been “blessed with an authentic dynamism” during recent years. He cited the archdiocese’s annual Eucharistic Congress, saying it draws nearly 30,000 participants.

“One of the many blessings that we have received from the Lord is the large number of individuals entering the Church,” he said.

The Archdiocese of Seattle will reportedly welcome 736 catechumens and 506 candidates, while the Diocese of San Diego will baptize 305 and receive into communion 920 other baptized Christians.

The mostly rural Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama reportedly will have 445 new converts. The diocese’s Cathedral of St. Paul could not hold them and their families for the Rite of Election, which had to be held in three separate ceremonies.

At St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, California resident Heidi Sierras will represent North America at the Easter Vigil, where she will be baptized by Pope Benedict XVI.

The 2008 Official Catholic Directory listed 49,415 adult baptisms and 87,363 people received into full communion in 2007.

21 February 2009

GOP Leaders Boehner & McCotter Thank Cardinal Rigali for Letter to Congress on Protecting the Unborn

PRESS RELEASE

Republicans Accept Pope Benedict XVI’s Call to “Proclaim the Gift of Life, to Serve Life, and Promote a Culture of Life”

Washington, Feb 17 - House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) today sent a letter to Cardinal Justin Rigali of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops thanking him for a Feb. 5 letter the Cardinal sent to all Members of Congress urging legislators to fight to protect the sanctity of unborn human life.

“We stand with you in the defense of all human life,” Boehner and McCotter wrote in their letter. “[W]e are committed to working with our pro-life colleagues on both sides of the aisle to proactively defeat efforts to enact the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) or any similar measure. We are similarly committed to working to retain, and not weaken, laws that prohibit using federal funds for the purpose of promoting or funding promotion of abortion.”

“We will, as Pope Benedict XVI exhorted during his apostolic visit to the United States last year, ‘proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and promote a culture of life,’” the GOP legislators wrote.

NOTE: Cardinal Rigali is chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. A copy of the Boehner-McCotter letter is available here; the text of the letter follows:

February 17, 2009

His Eminence Justin Francis Rigali
Chairman, Committee for Pro-Life Activities
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017-1194

Your Eminence:

As members of the House Republican leadership, we would like to thank you for the February 5, 2009 letter you sent to each Member of Congress. We stand with you in the defense of all human life and look forward to working with you during the 111th Congress.

Despite the limitations of being in the minority, we are committed to working with our pro-life colleagues on both sides of the aisle to proactively defeat efforts to enact the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) or any similar measure. We are similarly committed to working to retain, and not weaken, laws that prohibit using federal funds for the purpose of promoting or funding promotion of abortion, particularly those you cite: the Hyde Amendment, the Dickey/Wicker Amendment, the Hyde/Weldon Conscience Protection Amendment and the Kemp-Kasten Amendment.

In a recent Los Angeles Times article, it was suggested that the Democratic majority is taking a “go-slow” approach on “abortion-rights” legislation. We know their desire is to codify Roe v. Wade, and we will not be caught off-guard by attempts to achieve this goal, whether directly or incrementally. We will, as Pope Benedict XVI exhorted during his apostolic visit to the United States last year, “proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and promote a culture of life.”

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can ever be of assistance to you.

Respectfully,

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
House Republican Leader

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)
Chairman
House Republican Policy Committee

18 January 2009

Been on hiatus

Hello, for those of you who don't know it, my mom had her shoulder replaced on Thursday January 8th. She's doing ok, but has pneumonia in her left lung and her potassium and iron are low. Please continue to pray for her! Thanks!