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Sign the Petition to Reform CCHD!
The Reform CCHD Now Coalition
is sponsoring a petition at Reform CCHD NOW!
asking that no more Catholic dollars be spent on organizations that support positions that are antithetical to Catholic Social Teaching on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage. Sign the petition by clicking the image above
and let the Bishops know that you believe that CCHD grants should be stopped until the process can be reformed!
In a press release issued Tuesday, February 2, Catholic Advocate is calling upon the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to suspend its grants pending “a complete review of its awards process.”
Information uncovered by American Life League (ALL) and Bellarmine Veritas Ministry released February 1 points to potential conflicts of interest between staff of the Bishops’ conference and their leadership on the board of CCC. Catholic Advocate recommends CCHD Chair Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, Mississippi conduct a thorough review of both grant applications over the past ten years and the minutes of CCC board meetings during the period when USCCB staff were members.
“Why is the USCCB still affiliated with CCC? How can the Bishops’ conference effectively advocate for policies in line with the teachings of the Church while at the same time providing money to groups working against those same teachings?” asked Catholic Advocate Vice President Matt Smith. “Part of the game in Washington is joining coalitions to pass legislation. But joining and funding groups that contradict the basic priorities of the church on the sanctity of life and marriage is not advocacy it is euthanasia of our values.”
Archbishop Chaput of Denver, speaking in Rome to the Emmanuel Community, has urged Catholics to engage in “spiritual combat” against Satan: “I think we live in disappointing times, in times of confusion, and in some ways that is the result of our failure to understand that we have an enemy in the Devil, but also we have enemies in the world around us. I think it’s important to understand that we are in a battle. We really do live in a time of spiritual combat, and I think we’ve lost that sense of the Church,” Archbishop Chaput stated.
State of the Union Live Blog!
Join Catholic Advocate’s team – Deal W. Hudson, Matt Smith and others – along with very special guests as they Live-blog President Obama’s State of the Union address, Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 8:30pm EST. Simply click “Read More” to launch the Live-blog!
Catholic News Agency reports on a new Knights of Columbus survey showing youth becoming more pro-life.
From the CNA report: Just one day before the March for Life in Washington D.C. and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a new survey shows that the number of Americans who say they are pro-life is continuing to grow. Members of the Millennial generation say abortion is “morally wrong” at a rate of 58 percent.
The survey, which was conducted between December 2009 and January 2010, was co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Marists. It asked, among other things, if abortion was “morally wrong.” Fifty-six percent of Americans said they thought that abortion was indeed “morally wrong.”
The survey shows that Americans are becoming more pro-life, but more importantly, it showed that the upcoming generations are more pro-life than those nearing retirement. The “Millennials,” as the generation of 18-29 year-olds is called, responded that abortion is morally wrong at a rate of 58 percent. Sixty percent of those belonging to “Generation X,” or people between 30 and 44, also fell in the pro-life camp.
“Baby Boomers,” or people between the ages of 45 and 64, are less likely to call abortion morally reprehensible, with 51% saying abortion is wrong. Those over age 65 said abortion is immoral at a rate of 60 percent.
Archbishop Michael Miller of Vancouver, British Columbia, preaching at the annual pro-life Mass, celebrated on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, did not mince his words: “Herod distinguished himself by the cold-blooded murder of innocent babies, in a vain effort to secure his throne against any rivals . . . . We do not know their number, but they are venerated as martyrs because they died in the place of Christ. In a similar way we can consider all the unborn who die in the womb as silent witnesses to Christ and his infinite power to save.”
Father Frank Pavone from Priests for Life urges us to pray that Congress does not expand abortion as “health care” reform:
Prayer for our Nation’s Health Care Reform
Lord Jesus, you are the Divine Physician,
And the source of all life and health.
Guide our nation at this critical moment,
As our government seeks health care reforms.
Give our elected officials the humility to know
That they are servants, not masters.
Give them the wisdom to realize
That every life has equal value.
Give them the strength to resist the idea
That some lives can be sacrificed to save others
Or that killing the unborn is a part of health care.
Give your people the courage to speak up
And to hold public officials accountable for their actions.
Save us, Lord Jesus, from a culture of death,
And let every reform in our public policy
Be based on the reform of our hearts and minds
In the light of your Gospel,
For you are Lord forever and ever. Amen.
By Russell Shaw
Was 2009 a turning point for the American bishops, marking a tougher and more realistic approach on their part to the myriad problems, internal and external, besetting the Catholic Church in the United States? It’s too soon for final conclusions, but, on the evidence, history may judge the year just past in exactly those terms.
By Deal Hudson
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), the last hope of pro-life forces, has caved in to Democratic Party and White House pressure to support the Senate Health Care Bill. He indicated today he would support the bill based upon the “manager’s amendment” containing the so-called “compromise” language on abortion funding negotiated by Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA), the son of the legendary pro-life, Catholic governor of Pennsylvania, Bob Casey.
Casey’s language, now approved by Nelson, makes federal funding for abortion the default position of health care reform. The Washington Post describes the compromise as follows:
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