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Ohio Attorney General Concludes Planned Parenthood Investigation

12-11-15 Posted by Admin in Abortion, Blog, Planned Parenthood 0 Comments
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Situation after situation we learn about Planned Parenthood’s disgusting business practices and utter disregard for the sanctity of life. Today, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office announced the conclusion of their investigation into Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio. While it did not reveal their sale of aborted babies, they did learn of the horrible disposal of them in landfill sites.

Read the full press release below:

Ohio Planned Parenthood Investigation Reveals Fetal Remains Disposed of in Landfills

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that his office has concluded its investigation into the alleged sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood affiliates. While the investigation did not find any indication that fetal tissue was sold by Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio, the investigation did reveal that that aborted fetuses from Planned Parenthood facilities are ultimately disposed of in landfill sites.

Earlier this year, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine directed his Charitable Law Section to investigate whether Planned Parenthood affiliates in Bedford Heights, Cincinnati, and Columbus were violating Ohio law by selling fetal tissue, or abortion trafficking, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2919.14. The Charitable Law Section requested documents and financial records from Planned Parenthood organizations as well as companies they contracted with. The investigation did not find that fetal tissue was sold by Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio.

The investigation showed that the disposal methods documented by the Planned Parenthood affiliates violate Ohio Administrative Code 3701-47-05, adopted in 1975, which requires that a “fetus shall be disposed of in a humane manner.” Specifically:
All three Ohio Planned Parenthood affiliates have sent fetal remains to companies which disposed of the fetuses in landfills.
Additionally, the Planned Parenthood facility in Bedford Heights stated it uses only one company for disposal. However, that company stated to investigators it does not accept fetal remains for disposal as a corporate policy.

“Disposing of aborted fetuses from an abortion by sending them to a landfill is callous and completely inhumane,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “It is important the public be aware that these practices are taking place at these Ohio facilities.”

Attorney General DeWine referred his investigative findings to the Ohio Department of Health for further action. A copy of DeWine’s letter is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

Little Sisters of the Poor Visit Capitol Hill

12-10-15 Posted by Admin in Blog, Health Care, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
Representatives of the Little Sisters of the Poor meeting with Rep. Diane Black (R, TN-06) author of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act.

The Little Sister of the Poor were on Capitol Hill this morning meeting with Congressman Diane Black (R, TN-06) to discuss their ongoing fight against President Obama’s HHS mandate. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Little Sisters of the Poor legal challenge next year.

After the meeting Representative Black said:

“It is hard to imagine what could possibly be more pure or worthwhile than the ministry of Little Sisters of the Poor. For over 175 years, they have provided compassionate care to the most vulnerable among us. We should be praising their work, not punishing it. Sadly, that is exactly what Obamacare’s coercive HHS mandate will do. The law sets up an impossible choice for this ministry: deny their deeply held beliefs and provide coverage for drugs they deem to be morally objectionable, or face up to $70 million in annual penalties. I am honored to lend my voice and my prayers to the growing chorus calling on the Supreme Court to rectify this crisis and protect religious freedom from government attack when it hears this case next year. In the meantime, Congress should also do its part and finally pass my legislation, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which would provide full exemption from this oppressive mandate once and for all.”

Representatives of the Little Sisters of the Poor meeting with Rep. Diane Black (R, TN-06) author of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act.

Representatives of the Little Sisters of the Poor meeting with Rep. Diane Black (R, TN-06) author of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act.

Pope Francis Visits Little Sisters of the Poor

9-24-15 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
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As news trickles out about the Holy Father’s unnannounced schedule, Catholics in the United States can find encouragement he understands our current struggles to protect our religious liberties.

As released by Vatican Radio”

“Pope Francis on Wednesday made an unscheduled visit to the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor, which is near the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where he celebrated the Mass of Canonization of St. Junipero Serra.

“The religious order operates several nursing homes and care facilities in the United States.

“The congregation is involved in a lawsuit with the Obama Administration over the country’s new health care law. The government is trying to force the religious community to comply with a contraception mandate in the law, which violates Catholic religious beliefs.

“‘This is a sign, obviously of support for them [in their court case]” said Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Holy See Press Office.

“’In this sense it is connected also to the words that the Pope has said in support of the Bishops of the United States in the speech to President Obama,’ Father Lombardi continued.

“’This was a little addition to the programme, but I think it has an important meaning in this moment,’ he said.”

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Pope Francis “God Bless America!”

9-23-15 Posted by Admin in Blog, Catholic Church, The Church 0 Comments

Time to Stand for Life This Election

10-22-14 Posted by Admin in Abortion, Blog, Elections 0 Comments

At Catholic Advocate we focus primarily on the settled issues, life and marriage, and those of importance to Catholic voters. It is important for people of faith to be educated about the public votes taken by their elected officials on these issues.

There are two Catholic U.S. Senators up for re-election in 2014. Since beginning her 3rd term in 2009, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has not voted for any pro-life legislation. Whether it be conscience protections, the abortion mandate in the new health care law, or tax-payer funding for Planned Parenthood, her voting record has not supported the sanctity of human life.

 

For additional information about her voting record from a second source, visit Louisiana Right to Life Federation.

Feast Day of St. Pope John Paul II

10-22-14 Posted by Admin in Blog, Catholic Church 0 Comments

We remember St. Pope John Paul II today on his Feastday, the anniversary of the inauguration of his pontificate in 1978.

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Pope Francis Closes Extraordinary Synod of Bishops

10-19-14 Posted by Admin in Blog, Catholic Church 0 Comments
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A lot of attention has been paid by the secular media to the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops held in the Vatican the past two weeks.

The “working document” released last week was not a departure in the teachings of the Church rather a something meant to facilitate internal discussions.

Many Synod bishops quickly denounced the report and the secular media coverage lacking accuracy about internal deliberations.

We encourage everyone to read Pope Francis’ closing remarks to the Synod as an additional way of putting the issue and actions of the Synod in context.

Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters,
With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit.
From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with them I thank the Relators, Cardinal Peter Erdo, who has worked so much in these days of family mourning, and the Special Secretary Bishop Bruno Forte, the three President delegates, the transcribers, the consultors, the translators and the unknown workers, all those who have worked with true fidelity and total dedication behind the scenes and without rest. Thank you so much from the heart.
I thank all of you as well, dear Synod fathers, Fraternal Delegates, Auditors, and Assessors, for your active and fruitful participation. I will keep you in prayer asking the Lord to reward you with the abundance of His gifts of grace!
I can happily say that – with a spirit of collegiality and of synodality – we have truly lived the experience of “Synod,” a path of solidarity, a “journey together.”
And it has been “a journey” – and like every journey there were moments of running fast, as if wanting to conquer time and reach the goal as soon as possible; other moments of fatigue, as if wanting to say “enough”; other moments of enthusiasm and ardour. There were moments of profound consolation listening to the testimony of true pastors, who wisely carry in their hearts the joys and the tears of their faithful people. Moments of consolation and grace and comfort hearing the testimonies of the families who have participated in the Synod and have shared with us the beauty and the joy of their married life. A journey where the stronger feel compelled to help the less strong, where the more experienced are led to serve others, even through confrontations. And since it is a journey of human beings, with the consolations there were also moments of desolation, of tensions and temptations, of which a few possibilities could be mentioned:
– One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve. From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.
– The temptation to a destructive tendency to goodness [it. buonismo], that in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first curing them and treating them; that treats the symptoms and not the causes and the roots. It is the temptation of the “do-gooders,” of the fearful, and also of the so-called “progressives and liberals.”
– The temptation to transform stones into bread to break the long, heavy, and painful fast (cf. Lk 4:1-4); and also to transform the bread into a stone and cast it against the sinners, the weak, and the sick (cf Jn 8:7), that is, to transform it into unbearable burdens (Lk 11:46).
– The temptation to come down off the Cross, to please the people, and not stay there, in order to fulfil the will of the Father; to bow down to a worldly spirit instead of purifying it and bending it to the Spirit of God.
– The temptation to neglect the “depositum fidei” [the deposit of faith], not thinking of themselves as guardians but as owners or masters [of it]; or, on the other hand, the temptation to neglect reality, making use of meticulous language and a language of smoothing to say so many things and to say nothing! They call them “byzantinisms,” I think, these things…
Dear brothers and sisters, the temptations must not frighten or disconcert us, or even discourage us, because no disciple is greater than his master; so if Jesus Himself was tempted – and even called Beelzebul (cf. Mt 12:24) – His disciples should not expect better treatment.
Personally I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for these temptations and these animated discussions; this movement of the spirits, as St Ignatius called it (Spiritual Exercises, 6), if all were in a state of agreement, or silent in a false and quietist peace. Instead, I have seen and I have heard – with joy and appreciation – speeches and interventions full of faith, of pastoral and doctrinal zeal, of wisdom, of frankness and of courage: and of parresia. And I have felt that what was set before our eyes was the good of the Church, of families, and the “supreme law,” the “good of souls” (cf. Can. 1752). And this always – we have said it here, in the Hall – without ever putting into question the fundamental truths of the Sacrament of marriage: the indissolubility, the unity, the faithfulness, the fruitfulness, that openness to life (cf. Cann. 1055, 1056; and Gaudium et spes, 48).
And this is the Church, the vineyard of the Lord, the fertile Mother and the caring Teacher, who is not afraid to roll up her sleeves to pour oil and wine on people’s wound; who doesn’t see humanity as a house of glass to judge or categorize people. This is the Church, One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and composed of sinners, needful of God’s mercy. This is the Church, the true bride of Christ, who seeks to be faithful to her spouse and to her doctrine. It is the Church that is not afraid to eat and drink with prostitutes and publicans. The Church that has the doors wide open to receive the needy, the penitent, and not only the just or those who believe they are perfect! The Church that is not ashamed of the fallen brother and pretends not to see him, but on the contrary feels involved and almost obliged to lift him up and to encourage him to take up the journey again and accompany him toward a definitive encounter with her Spouse, in the heavenly Jerusalem.
The is the Church, our Mother! And when the Church, in the variety of her charisms, expresses herself in communion, she cannot err: it is the beauty and the strength of the sensus fidei, of that supernatural sense of the faith which is bestowed by the Holy Spirit so that, together, we can all enter into the heart of the Gospel and learn to follow Jesus in our life. And this should never be seen as a source of confusion and discord.
Many commentators, or people who talk, have imagined that they see a disputatious Church where one part is against the other, doubting even the Holy Spirit, the true promoter and guarantor of the unity and harmony of the Church – the Holy Spirit who throughout history has always guided the barque, through her Ministers, even when the sea was rough and choppy, and the ministers unfaithful and sinners.
And, as I have dared to tell you , [as] I told you from the beginning of the Synod, it was necessary to live through all this with tranquillity, and with interior peace, so that the Synod would take place cum Petro and sub Petro (with Peter and under Peter), and the presence of the Pope is the guarantee of it all.
We will speak a little bit about the Pope, now, in relation to the Bishops [laughing]. So, the duty of the Pope is that of guaranteeing the unity of the Church; it is that of reminding the faithful of their duty to faithfully follow the Gospel of Christ; it is that of reminding the pastors that their first duty is to nourish the flock – to nourish the flock – that the Lord has entrusted to them, and to seek to welcome – with fatherly care and mercy, and without false fears – the lost sheep. I made a mistake here. I said welcome: [rather] to go out and find them.
His duty is to remind everyone that authority in the Church is a service, as Pope Benedict XVI clearly explained, with words I cite verbatim: “The Church is called and commits herself to exercise this kind of authority which is service and exercises it not in her own name, but in the name of Jesus Christ… through the Pastors of the Church, in fact: it is he who guides, protects and corrects them, because he loves them deeply. But the Lord Jesus, the supreme Shepherd of our souls, has willed that the Apostolic College, today the Bishops, in communion with the Successor of Peter… to participate in his mission of taking care of God’s People, of educating them in the faith and of guiding, inspiring and sustaining the Christian community, or, as the Council puts it, ‘to see to it… that each member of the faithful shall be led in the Holy Spirit to the full development of his own vocation in accordance with Gospel preaching, and to sincere and active charity’ and to exercise that liberty with which Christ has set us free (cf. Presbyterorum Ordinis, 6)… and it is through us,” Pope Benedict continues, “that the Lord reaches souls, instructs, guards and guides them. St Augustine, in his Commentary on the Gospel of St John, says: ‘let it therefore be a commitment of love to feed the flock of the Lord’ (cf. 123, 5); this is the supreme rule of conduct for the ministers of God, an unconditional love, like that of the Good Shepherd, full of joy, given to all, attentive to those close to us and solicitous for those who are distant (cf. St Augustine, Discourse 340, 1; Discourse 46, 15), gentle towards the weakest, the little ones, the simple, the sinners, to manifest the infinite mercy of God with the reassuring words of hope (cf. ibid., Epistle, 95, 1).”
So, the Church is Christ’s – she is His bride – and all the bishops, in communion with the Successor of Peter, have the task and the duty of guarding her and serving her, not as masters but as servants. The Pope, in this context, is not the supreme lord but rather the supreme servant – the “servant of the servants of God”; the guarantor of the obedience and the conformity of the Church to the will of God, to the Gospel of Christ, and to the Tradition of the Church, putting aside every personal whim, despite being – by the will of Christ Himself – the “supreme Pastor and Teacher of all the faithful” (Can. 749) and despite enjoying “supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church” (cf. Cann. 331-334).
Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront; to give answers to the many discouragements that surround and suffocate families.
One year to work on the “Synodal Relatio” which is the faithful and clear summary of everything that has been said and discussed in this hall and in the small groups. It is presented to the Episcopal Conferences as “lineamenta” [guidelines].
May the Lord accompany us, and guide us in this journey for the glory of His Name, with the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of Saint Joseph. And please, do not forget to pray for me! Thank you!
[The hymn Te Deum was sung, and Benediction given.]
Thank you, and rest well, eh?

Prayer for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family

10-6-14 Posted by Admin in Blog, Catholic Church 0 Comments

The Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops began Monday morning. Let us pray for them and our Church as they hold their first full day of sessions.

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Prayer for Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel

10-4-14 Posted by Admin in Blog 0 Comments

We send our prayers to the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal on the news Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel went to be with Our Lord last night. Catholic Advocate is grateful for his early encouragement of our work.

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Catholic Advocate President appears on EWTN to discuss ISIS

9-6-14 Posted by Admin in Blog, War 0 Comments

Catholic Advocate President invited on EWTN News Nightly September 5, 2014 to discuss the growing crisis with ISIS.