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Notre Dame students (heart) Obama

posted by David Gibson

While the CNS (Cardinal Newman Society, not Catholic News Service) starts a petition against Obama delivering the commencement address at Notre Dame in May, and while commenters at this blog and elsewhere vent that this is the end of support for ND, not to mention the church in America, it’s worth noting that Notre Dame students themselves appear somewhat more pro-Obama than even the country at large.

In a mock election before last year’s real election, the Democratic ticket won 52.6 percent of the vote followed by the Republican ticket of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin, which won 41.1 percent of the vote. A total of 2,692 undergraduates and graduate students voted.

And according to the write-up, abortion as a standalone category didn’t figure high the students’ priorities–just as it did not for the electorate and Catholic voters at large:

The most important issue for those who voted was the economy, with 41.5 percent of the votes, followed by foreign policy at 17.7 percent. Of the remaining issues, 9.8 percent chose energy and the environment as the most important issue in the election, 9.5 percent chose other, 7.7 percent chose abortion, 6.2 percent chose the Iraq War, 3.3 percent chose education, 3.2 percent chose civil liberties and one percent chose immigration.

[Hat tip to Notre Dame’s own Cathleen Kaveny.]



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Tom

posted March 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm


3.3% chose education (and they’re in COLLEGE!?) Wonder what would’ve happened if bans on underage drinking and frathouses/sororities was on the list of important issues.



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Gerard Nadal

posted March 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm


“abortion as a standalone category didn’t figure high the students’ priorities”
Part of the selection of a college to attend has to do with the intellectual and moral trajectory of the institution and its faculty. In the final analysis, it matters little what the students think at the moment, for that will surely change over time.
It matters what the values of the faculty, and administration possess, as these will help to form the student’s conscience and intellect well into the future.
It isn’t the students who are awarding the honorary doctorate; it’s the President and Board of Trustees. Evidently, they seem to stand with their students. Leadership and good example are hard in matters such as abortion, yet they point to the very essence of what we Roman Catholics hold most precious: The value of a single human life.
The cowards at Notre Dame have traded that for a glitzy photo spread on the cover of next year’s College Catalogue.
That’s good news for authentically Catholic schools such as Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio, Christendom College in Virginia, and Ave Maria in Florida. Their stars are rising, while Notre Dame in ten years will be like an aging beauty queen still trying to dine out on her looks.



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pagansister

posted March 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm


So the parents and former students of ND think their children are going to be corrupted by the President of the United States speaking at their graduation? I thought college was an opportunity to break out of the mold and experiment with new things. Well, if they have made it to graduation, they have pretty much either rejected some of the old, or have continued with it. What do those parents think President Obama is going to say?



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JC

posted March 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm


Archbishop Sheen said the worst thing a Catholic parent could do is send their kids to a Catholic college.
Notre Dame ceased to be Catholic decades ago, but for a few small enclaves (Medieval Studies and Architecture being the big exceptions).
Cardinal O’Connor boycotted them in 1993. When the bishops finally decided to implement _Ex Corde Ecclesiae_ about ten years ago (about ten years after the encyclical was issued by JPII), the presidents of Notre Dame and Boston College wrote an open letter refusing to comply.
Let’s not forget it’s the university that continues to employ the heretic Richard McBrien.
The only real scandal here is that anyone considers Notre Dame to be Catholic.



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Jesus

posted March 23, 2009 at 8:52 am


Its over for American Catholic Colleges/Universities. With the rise of conflict between radical secularism and the identity of Catholicism already cresting, it won’t be long before such institutions close or become irrelevant from identifying with a secular agenda.



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JCN

posted March 23, 2009 at 8:53 am


Your article is misleading…. My son is a Junior at Notre Dame and wasn’t even aware of the mock election. He commented that only a small fraction of the students voted and overwhelmingly, the ones who made the effort to vote were the democratic ones. They had a point to prove on such a conservative campus. I can also tell you that there was very little celebration at ND when Obama won the election. I’ve have a strong connection to the university for decades and I can assure you that the vast majority of students on that campus are conservative, both socially and politically. Lastly, don’t think for one minute that ND has lost its Catholic mission-Notre Dame is tremendously spiritual place.



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Jesus

posted March 23, 2009 at 8:55 am


Its over for American Catholic Colleges/Universities. With the rise of conflict between radical secularism and the identity of Catholicism already cresting, it won’t be long before such institutions close or become irrelevant from identifying with a secular agenda.



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j.a.m.

posted March 23, 2009 at 8:56 am


What quasi-religious university would pass up a chance to host the messiah? A bit cheeky to offer the messiah an honorary degree, though.
Maybe an enterprising, faithful student can hack The One’s ubiquitous teleprompter and put some choice words in his mouth recanting his infatuation with the abortion industry.



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William Dempsey

posted March 23, 2009 at 9:27 am


Anyone who wants to know the facts about the deterioration of the Catholic identity over recent years should turn to the material reported by the organization of concerned alumni and other friends of Notre Dame, The Sycamore Trust, at http://www.sycamoretrust.org. The key is the sharp decline in Catholic representation on the faculty from 85% in the 1970’s to 53% today. With a discount for the many nominal and dissenting Catholics, the proportion is far below the number said by the Mission Statement to be necessary to Catholic identity. A sure indication: The Senate Faculty recently recomended: “The University should not compromise its academic aspirations in its efforts to maintain its Catholic identity.” There are still 85% Catholics among the students and many are dedicated Catholics; but this has nothing to do with what’s taught and who’s teaching; and surveys show a stunning drop over four years in the students’ adherence to fundamental Catholic teaching. This latest stunning episode confirms that secularization has overtaken not only the faculty but also those in governance. A sorry business for the pre-eminent Catholic university in the world. There is enough Catholic left not to despair entirely; but the prospects are hardly bright.
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Gerard Nadal

posted March 23, 2009 at 9:44 am


“There is enough Catholic left not to despair entirely; but the prospects are hardly bright.”
So true. That’s because the students are transitory, while the faculty are tenured.



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the truth

posted March 23, 2009 at 11:31 am


No one wants to be Catholic anymore. We can get the blessings of Christ elsewhere without sacrificing reality. How many of you are using birth control? How many have gotten divorced? We all know you are against abortion. Yet there are other pressing issues in this world and possibly the ND students are aware of this. For the pope to say no condoms in an AIDS infested continent is ridiculous. He has barely said squat when it came to the molestations of children.



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Reaganite in NYC

posted March 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm


“For the pope to say no condoms in an AIDS infested continent is ridiculous. He has barely said squat when it came to the molestations of children.”
Anyone who has bothered to read this blog regularly or the news in general knows that the Holy Father has time and again condemned the “molestations of children” and took action even before he was Pope.
The comment by “the truth” at 11:31 AM is an example of the occasional but persistent moronic and bigoted anti-Catholic comments that are sometimes posted here at beliefnet.com even on topics that are not even remotely connected to the pedophile scandal.



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Reaganite in NYC

posted March 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm


David Gibson:
These mock election results from October are not meaningful. It turns out that only about 20% of the undergraduate and graduate students participated.
The CBS news story you linked says that 2,692 students participated (undergrads and grads combined). The ND website says there are 11,733 students (undergrads and grads combined).
Considering the kind of folks who teach there (e.g., Cathleen Kaveny), I am impressed that nearly half the students participating in this statistically small sample of the student population ACTUALLY VOTED AGAINST the Abortionist-in-Chief.



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Gerard Nadal

posted March 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm


The Truth,
” He has barely said squat when it came to the molestations of children.”
It would be more accurate if you change your handle to “NY Times Talking Points”.
My question for you is, what original ideas or novel contributions do you have beyond that list of hackneyed talking points?
“No one wants to be Catholic anymore.”?? Do you know how silly and insular you sound? You’re bringing chicken to red meat eaters.



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Terry Buczkowski

posted March 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm


When Notre Dame invited President Obama to speak at the 2009 commencement ceremony, Father Jenkins and the trustees made a statement about the fundamental values and charactor of this teaching institution. Notre Dame is an active, highly visible operating education system of the Roman Catholic Church. It is the most recognized symbol of the Catholic Church in America.
This action is in direct oposition to the teachings of the Church, specifically regarding abortion. It is a deliberate act that will give credibility to President Obama’s pro-abortion. In exchange, Notre Dame will get prestiege associated Obama’s participation in the commencement ceremony.
Notre Dame is getting forty pieces of silver in the deal.
If you think other social problems have a greater value than human life, that is your perogative. But if you claim to belong to an organization, then your actions must be consistent with the values of that organization or you should leave. Notre Dame is following it’s own path away from the Church.
For you skeptics, expect to see a strong response from the Pope.



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A Disappointed Convert

posted March 23, 2009 at 4:46 pm


The bottom line is, if you want to be on the Catholic team, you need to play by Catholic rules. No different than if you worked for, say, ABC Construction. You play by their rules, not the rules of XYZ Construction.
And the Catholic “rules” – Doctrine- leave no wiggle room.
When Catholic leadership tells their flock to “vote for whomever you wish,” it is a clear and blatant distancing from their very own Church doctrine. The problem is that many Catholics – to include some leaders – are unfamiliar with their very own doctrine and are, therefore, incapable to preach/enforce it.
The Catechism of the Catholic is very clear on the church’s stance when voting between a pro-life candidate and others who are not pro-life.
Sacred Scripture – the Word of God – is as well.
Jesus never put the economy ahead of LIFE. He died so we could LIVE. But, we can walk around Bible-illiterate the rest of our lives and claim ignorance and continue to blame George Bush for everything that goes wrong (another distancing from Scripture)and place what is or isn’t in our wallets ahead of moral decisions that protect the sanctity of innocent and defenseless Human Life.
I pray for the President to have a conversion so that I can’t wait to vote for him on November 6, 2012.
Until then, I shall – in the name of Jesus – rebuke his enabling of killing innocent babies.
Aren’t you glad your Mother chose Life?



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Mike

posted March 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm


I agree with you.I am hearing more and more so called”Catholics”saying the issues of the Church are not important in this country.Perhaps they need to see what real persecution of christains is like in most of the world.Oh well,these people can deny Christ and live happily ever after.



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A Disappointed Convert

posted March 23, 2009 at 6:27 pm


Amen, Mike. If I hear one more of my brethren preach Catholic Social Teaching out of one side of their mouth and then say they voted for a pro-death candidate, I’m gonna…I’m gonna…well, share some real sound Teaching….
The Word, which judges justly….Amen…
Proverbs 6:17
“The Lord hates …..those who shed innocent blood.”
What kind of blood does a baby in the womb have?



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the truth

posted March 23, 2009 at 6:27 pm


Hey Gerad: I made my point quite clear – the Catholic church is out of touch with the needs of humanity because ALL they can focus on is abortion. You want me to come up with solutions? Be part of the conversation instead of taking your ball and going home. Because as a result, no one cares what the “church” says anymore and it shows in their population. As a former Catholic I represent the reason the church is dwindling. The church spent “DECADES” ignoring the child molestations. Deny it all you want. But boy they are really out in front when it comes to birth control and divorce. Even though I bet 75% of Catholics use birth control. Catholics are also well represented in the divorce rate. These are classic examples of congregants ignoring the unrealistic teachings of the church because they are so out of touch. And no condoms to stop the spread of a horrible disease?!!! God must be terribly disappointed by Catholic “solutions”. (Oh, and guess what? — the earth revolves around the sun)



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A Disappointed Convert

posted March 23, 2009 at 6:34 pm


Dear “the truth”-
Introduce yourself to the real “The Truth” at your convenience and you may (will) find your opinions are in conflict with the Word of God. I am Catholic and have many, many issues with the Church and their clear lack of leadership.
But…
One thing that is clearly indisputable is the Word of God.
God is not the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church is not God.
They are separate entities, but yet you belittle His Word.
Belittle the Catholic Church all you want.
Do that to God and that’s a different story. You’ll find that to be true someday when The Truth in its Real Presence is revealed to you.
God bless,
A Disappointed Convert



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Gerard Nadal

posted March 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm


Dear The Truth,
You tell me to get in the game, not take my ball and go home. So YOU leave the Church! Okay, makes sense to me.
STD prevention? Try fidelity to God’s way of using human sex and sexuality. That’s what the Church teaches.
Birth Control? NFP hasn’t failed my wife and me, nor any of our friends.http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae_en.html
Sex Abuse Scandal?? I hope you didn’t go to a Protestant Church. According to AP, they have a problem almost three times greater. http://www.christianpost.com/church/General/2007/06/released-figures-offer-glimpse-into-protestant-sex-abuse-problems-18/index.html
Divorce?? Yes, isn’t it interesting what happens to marriages when people do it their way instead of God’s way? Maybe God knows something they refused to acknowledge.
All we focus on is abortion??? Didn’t do much reading as a Catholic did you? Ever hear of Pope John Paul II’s social teaching? Ever hear of the Preferential Option for the Poor? Do you know of all the issues in the pro-life movement? Know about Cursillo, Charasmatic Renewal, etc??
Sorry, you’re still coming off really shallow there. That’s because you simply don’t know much about what you left, or weren’t up to the challenge.
Being Catholic isn’t easy. It’s hard, precisely because there’s so much more to living it than not getting laid and having an abortion. Come back when you’re ready for a challenge.
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Mary

posted March 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm


Disappointed Convert said:
“The Catechism of the Catholic is very clear on the church’s stance when voting between a pro-life candidate and others who are not pro-life.”
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
34. Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote. This is why it is so important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among moral goods. A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who takes a position in favor of an intrinsic evil, such as abortion or racism, if the voter’s intent is to support that position. In such cases a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil. At the same time, a voter should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.
35. There may be times when a Catholic who rejects a candidate’s unacceptable position may decide to vote for that candidate for other morally grave reasons. Voting in this way would be permissible only for truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences or to ignore a fundamental moral evil.
http://www.usccb.org/faithfulcitizenship/FCStatement.pdf
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
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A Disappointed Convert

posted March 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm


Hi Mary
Thanks for pulling out the USCCB document, but I’m not going to address that because that is NOT THE CHURCH DOCTRINE.
It’s like pulling out a rulebook for softball league when you’re playing hardball. Apples and can openers.
Bishops can say all they want. They aren’t the rule/doctrine makers. They offer suggestions and make statements that carry NO WEIGHT with the Church. Unfortunately, Bishops often keep their mouths closed when they should be opening them. They remain silent when they could fortify Church Doctrine.
The Doctrine of the Catholic Church is the CCC, 2d edition – unless the Pope changed something in the last 10 minutes or so.
I also would encourage people to read the entire Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship – if you care to confuse yourself. They walk a tightrope with a safety net. You’ll see a typical Bishop document – 23 different opinions on one subject.
Here’s some excerpts (complete with page numbers):
As Catholics, we are led to raise questions for political life other than, “Are you better off than you were two or four years ago?” Our focus is not on party affiliation, ideology, economics, or even competence and capacity to perform duties, as important as such issues are. Rather, we focus on what protects or threatens human life and dignity (p 29).
(ed note: Gee, like abortion????)
Abortion, the deliberate killing of a human being before birth, is never morally acceptable and must always be opposed (p 19).
(ed note: Gee, what does “must always be opposed” mean?)
Cloning and destruction of human embryos for research or even for potential cures are always wrong (p 19).
Laws that legitimize any of these practices are profoundly UNJUST and IMMORAL (p 20).
(ed. note – Hmm. Anyone still uncertain on Doctrine?)
Again. The Source for Doctrine is the Word of Christ and the Catechism – like it or not. One does not have to agree with that – just understand it.
Adding one word to a 1992 candidate’s slogan, I offer, “It’s not the economy, stupid.”



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Mary

posted March 24, 2009 at 7:37 am


A Disappointed Convert – Does the CCC 2nd edition state that one cannot – under any circumstances – cast a vote in an election for a person who supports abortion rights?
I’ve read the USCCC document several times, and there is one voice on abortion: it is intrinsically evil and cannot be supported by Catholics. But the bishops also write that in an election other morally grave issues may come into play, which cannot be dismissed out of hand because this person is pro choice and that one is pro life.
I have no interest in starting an argument, but for what it’s worth: For me, McCain made it hard to support him with his pro-war rhetoric and his (to me) cynical choice of running mate. So in addition to issues of life, I was also looking at war and national security. Yes, economic justice, and the economy as it relates to national security, were in there, too. But war – the near promise of a war with Iran – that kept me up nights.
So I struggled. Some might think that makes me a bad Catholic. I hope not. God has the final say, of course.



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Joe

posted March 24, 2009 at 8:53 am


Mary – Abortion is the taking of “innocent” life. This is a higher priority from war and economic problems. I have over 20 years in service to the nation and have been to war twice, but never wanted to be there. That is the sacrifice I made. The key is that “I” made the choice just like everyone else in our volunteer military.
But then I was born – then raised – taught – and then was able to make a choice. Over 45 million (45,000,000+ count ‘em)of our nations citizens have not been able to make ANY choice.
If you are concerned about killing – who is more vulnerable than a child in the womb.
If you are concerned about economic justice, then what about the millions of dollars that our president is now pumping into pro-contraceptive policies. Contraception is the seed/root of abortion. People have come to expect to have intimate relations (man and women – don’t even want to go to the other place) without the natural effect of having a child from this intimacy. Why? Because our splendid government says you have a “right” to kill before the child is born! If that is not a war – I don’t know what is.
Well the real war is against principalities and powers and not the flesh – and the enemy is claiming american lives right underneath our noses!
I see exactly where you are coming from and quite frankly used to be there myself. I am guessing that you contracept or are sterilized. I do not mean this to offend you or anyone who may this, but it was only in my repentance of this grave sin, did The Lord Jesus pull the veil from eyes.
The teaching on abortion is not opinion. Your worried about killing in war – but the Church teaches there is such a thing as a “just” war. Your worried about economic justice, but how does poverty trump an innocent baby in the womb?
Surrender yourself to Jesus my sister and ask Him to lead you. Please do not get bitter at me. I hope to meet you in heaven!



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lori

posted March 24, 2009 at 9:47 am


Great cartoon depicting Obama and Jenkins:



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Mary

posted March 24, 2009 at 9:48 am


For the record, I have not said here how I finally voted, for McCain, Obama, or a write-in. I said I struggled. This was not an easy election. I knew Obama was pro-choice all along. McCain’s bizarre playing to his (unfathomably) pro-war Christian “base” really threw me for a loop. So did his choice of running mate.
“I see exactly where you are coming from and quite frankly used to be there myself. I am guessing that you contracept or are sterilized.”
Um…WHAT? Are you usually this presumptuous? You absolutely undermine your post by making judgmental, invasive, disgusting assumptions about a person you’ve never met. Do you know how I live my faith? Do you know how I serve? Do you know how I surrender?
I tried to engage in this thread in good faith. Not a good experience.



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A Disappointed Convert

posted March 24, 2009 at 11:01 am


Hi Mary-
In response to your query, I offer exactly what the CCC/2 has to say, as if the Word of God – the Ultimate Authority- isn’t enough. Someone can make whatever they want of the below. To me, it’s clear – if you take part in, enable, allow, permit, vote for someone who is in favor of abortion or anything related to the slaughter of an innocent baby, it’s wrong. Period. But, anyone can manipulate it to whatever they want. We can walk around Bible-illiterate all our lives if we choose to – that’s the easy way. We don’t think we’re accountable that way. If we dare crack open the Instruction Booklet and we’ll see what Papa has to say.
If protecting an innocent defenseless life isn’t the highest on the list of MUST DOs, what is? The ECONOMY? Again, did we check with JESUS on that one? I didn’t think so.
Brother Joe is right when he wrote, “The teaching on abortion is not opinion.” Check Psalm 139:13 and read the above CCC.
As a veteran, I cackle at those who compare the war to abortion. Hitler killed 6 million; Abortionists have killed 50 million. So, really, they’re right. There is no comparison.
BTW, every soul in our military is a VOLUNTEER. Everybody who was serving on Election Day 2008 was already in or enlisted after the Iraq War STARTED. They had a CHOICE.
How about that defenseless baby in the womb. NO CHOICE.
God bless,
A former sleeper
Here is the CCC (2270-2275)
ABORTION
2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.
2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.
2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,” “by the very commission of the offense,”and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.
2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation: “The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death.” “The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined….As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child’s rights.”
2274 Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being. Prenatal diagnosis is morally licit, “if it respects the life and integrity of the embryo and the human fetus and is directed toward its safe guarding or healing as an individual…. It is gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent of a death sentence.”
2275 “One must hold as licit procedures carried out on the human embryo which respect the life and integrity of the embryo and do not involve disproportionate risks for it, but are directed toward its healing the improvement of its condition of health, or its individual survival. It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material. Certain attempts to influence chromosomic or genetic inheritance are not therapeutic but are aimed at producing human beings selected according to sex or other predetermined qualities. Such manipulations are contrary to the personal dignity of the human being and his integrity and identity which are unique and unrepeatable.



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Cindy

posted March 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm


Mary – I’m sorry you got blasted personally for trying to have a conversation on this blog. It’s not the blog author, its the commenters.
On much of the Catholic blogosphere anything other than rabid condemnation of Obama as Hitler results in ad hominem attacks and wild speculation about one’s personal life.
Not exactly marching toward unity, love or any of the other teachings of Jesus that I’m familiar with.
I have, and will continue, to call it the perfidy of mixing political rhetoric with Church teaching. Very deceitful indeed.



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A Disapointed Convert

posted March 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm


I don’t see any “personal blasting,” Cindy. I apologize for anything I conveyed that may have appeared personally attacking in nature.
I do not, however, apologize for passing on any Scripture or Doctrine that some may not want to hear.
You speak of “unity” and “other teachings of JESUS.” A quick check with Sacred Scripture shares with us that, actually, Jesus did not come to unify but to divide. That is exactly what is occurring present day. No Ph D needed on why.
We have distanced ourselves from the very fiber that made us a once strong and solid nation in the United States and have turned, in its place, to other means for our sustenance.
Not unlike Aaron and the rest of the ingrates right after God did a little thing by parting the Red Sea and saving their helpless butts – all while Moses was up receiving some Word from I Am.
And we wonder why we are where are.
I don’t hate, but I have already shared what God Hates (according to that Scripture again), one of which being hands that shed innocent blood.
And there’s nothing perfidious about that.
May His Grace and Peace comfort all of us as we continue our journey through the Desert, a place we have freely accepted as adequate.



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Gerard Nadal

posted March 24, 2009 at 2:50 pm


Joe,
“I see exactly where you are coming from and quite frankly used to be there myself. I am guessing that you contracept or are sterilized. I do not mean this to offend you or anyone who may this, but it was only in my repentance of this grave sin, did The Lord Jesus pull the veil from eyes.”
The next time you happen to be talking with the Lord Jesus, thank Him for pulling the veil off of your eyes; then ask Him to pry that dagger out of your hand and soften your heart while He’s at it.
You crossed a major line here buddy, and you need to apologize. Remember Paul’s admonition in 1 Corinthians 13:

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1 If I speak in human and angelic tongues 2 but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
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And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.
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If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
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3 Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated,
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it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests”
Your presumption about another’s sex life and its attendant morality/immorality is a sin against charity.
Man up and apologize. Then ask for forgiveness.



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posted March 24, 2009 at 4:33 pm


In Saint Luke’s gospel (13/31ff) the Pharisees warned Our Lord: “… leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” Jesus replied, “GO AND TELL THAT FOX, ‘BEHOLD, I CAST OUT DEMONS AND I PERFORM HEALINGS TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND ON THE THIRD DAY I ACCOMPLISH MY PURPOSE.'” “Telling” our dear President Obama, as Jesus responded to the death threat, is THE way to go when the Church is threatened by the popularity and the value system of today’s foxes, like the ones with political power!



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posted 2:38:01pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Moving on, and many, many thanks...
So...my recent vacation and related absences also coincided with an offer from PoliticsDaily.com to cover religion for them, as editor Melinda Henneberger announces here in her roundup on the site's very successful first 100 days. That means, in short, that I'll have to sign off from blogging h

posted 8:29:24pm Aug. 02, 2009 | read full post »

Calvin at 500, Calvinism 2.0
If you thought you knew John Calvin--who turned 500 last week--you probably don't know enough. For example, that he was French, born Jean Cauvin. And if he was in fact scandalized by dancing, he was also a lot more complex than that. I explored the new look Calvin in an essay at PoliticsDaily, "Patr

posted 11:53:35am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

Apologia pro vita sua...Kinda
 In my defense, I've had computer outages and family reunions and a few days of single-parenthood, which is always a bracing reminder of what many parents go through all the time. And this weekend it's off for a week's vacation. Anyway, hence the long absence. Apologies to those who have chec

posted 10:51:36am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

When Benny met Barry: "I'll pray for you!"
The first word via Vatican Radio and first image (that I saw) via Rocco: Speaking to Vatican Radio, Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi said "moral values in international politics, immigration and the Catholic Church's contribution in developing countries" were key topics of discussio

posted 12:54:28pm Jul. 10, 2009 | read full post »




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