Monday, August 16, 2010

Catholic Standard Weekly Update

Well, it has been a while since I did a weekly update, so here it is.

The Page 3 story discusses how Catholic leaders decry what has happened to Prop 8. Unfortunately, as long as Catholics continue to vote for pro-gay politicians, who put into place activist judges, we will see this happening more and more. Also, as long as some of our parishes (and pastors) do not see a problem with this lifestyle, we are only fighting the good fight.

The Maryland Catholic Conference Director has received a pledge that the new health care plan for MD won't fund abortions. D Mary Ellen Russell is quoted as saying: " We're very pleased with the statement from MHP." All I can say is: "Does the name Neville Chamberlain ring a bell?" Such assurances are not worth the paper they are written on.

At the same time, there is an Insight piece by Richard Doerflinger on the abortion in the Health Care Reform. Pro-Lifers won the most recent round but the pro-abortion folks will find a way.

There are two nice photos of Costa Ricans honoring Our Lady of the Angels.

Well, there is a story on the Benedictine nun killed and two seriously injured by an illegal alien. The story, from Catholic News Service, states that this could have been prevented if he had not been drinking and driving. Of course, if he had been deported immediately none of this would have happened...but that really isn't the issue.

It is always wonderful to see when a Catholic church is restored to the original look, as with the story on the restoration of the wall murals at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian parish. Many churches had beautiful gold leaf designs, frescoes, etc., only to be painted over in the 1970's.

CNS describes what Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is doing for the Pakistanis, who are struggling with terrible flooding. There is also information on how you can donate.

The center of the paper focuses on the Knights of Columbus' 128th Annual Supreme Convention in DC. No mention of how they refuse to throw out pro-abortion and pro-gay politicians. Don't get me wrong...the Knights do excellent work and support the Church but this is an embarrassment.

Well, pregnancy centers are once again under attack in Maryland -- this time in Baltimore. They are also under attack in California. And it seems that MoCo's centers are fighting back. Again, when you elect pro-abortion, pro-gay politicians...and you cozy up to them on certain issues, this is what you get.

Finally, I wanted to focus on the MoCo Council-at-Large Forum planned on Aug. 25th by the Justice and Advisory Council of the Archdiocese at St. Jane de Chantal parish. I know that they will focus on jobs, low income housing, free health care, looking the other way on illegal aliens, but I wonder if they will also ask questions on pregnancy centers, gay marriage, etc. Don't know if I will get over there, but if you do, please let me know what happens.

As always, pick up a copy of the Catholic Standard at your parish and drop a couple of extra coins in the basket. Parishes are required to purchase a number of copies...whether they like it or not.

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