Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pope to Meet US President Barak Obama


Pope Benedict XVI will welcome U.S. President Barack Obama to the Vatican on July 10. The president will be visiting Italy between July 8 – 10, to participate in the G-8 summit.

The devastating earthquake that rocked L’Aquila, will be the site of the meeting. The new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, a theology professor, Miguel Diaz, was or has not be confirmed or made public as of yet.

When G8 leaders meet in Italy they will have two very important crises to talk about, the financial market from last September and the food crisis that sparked riots around the world last year.

While the G-8 has already spent more than $1 trillion to bail out the financial system, what is in the future to help millions of people suddenly rendered hungry by a 43-per-cent rise in food commodity prices is still up in the air.

Pope Benedict XVI’s prayers on June 14, in St. Peter’s Square on behalf of the “hundreds of millions of persons who suffer from hunger” weren’t just a standard plea for the poor.

The Pope had a scheduled meeting for June 24 & 26 with the United Nations in New York and the July 8 & 10, will be the G8 summit hosted by Italy.

The stats claim a meeting is in dire need to discuss what to do about more than a billion people that’s one in every six human beings alive that goes hungry, according to the United Nations World Food Program . The World Health Organization estimates that each year 3.5 million children under the age of five die of hunger and related diseases.


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ANC in provincial land grab?

(Scripturelink Voters' Guide; c.f. (IOL (Secular; Independent; South African) 29 / 06 | June / 2009 ; (IOL (Secular; Independent; South African) 07 / 11 | December / 2008 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

According to IOL in an article by Ainsley Daniels((IOL (Secular; Independent; South African) 29 / 06 | June / 2009 ): Sicelo Shiceka, who is The Republic of South Africa's ruling ANC (African National Congress) Minister of the controversial Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Ministry, has made claims of a report allegedly in which the ANC run South African State government, or officials in it are looking into reducing the number of provinces in South Africa. The provincial government of the opposition DA (Democratic Alliance) in the Western Cape (province) had previously alleged interference in provincial matters. The minister had claimed that even the Western Cape would be pressured by him. His ministry has certainly not eased tensions.

On December 07th 2008, when he, as a person, represented local government, involving the changes to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa as they related to the contentious and at times violent Khutsong Township issue, he was accused of undermining the central government((IOL (Secular; Independent; South African) 07 / 11 | December / 2008). This would certainly be am about turn, if those allegations are true.

During apartheid, there were much fewer provinces, reflecting the politics of pre-apartheid Boer and British colonies, which had formed the Union of South Africa, and the 1910 Union Constitution in compromise, after the Second South African / Boer War, seemingly won by the British.

Any amendment to having 9 provinces, as with a separate effort to get rid of vital aspects of Judicial -Independence,( the latter pushed by minister of Justice and Constitutional reform: Jeff Radebe:) would require amending the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. With the enlargement of the opposition, the ANC could not introduce any of these plans into practice: without the help of opposition parties' Members of Parliament.

If I am correct, they would also need the okay of provinces whose borders are affected to successfully legislate the prior. Acting without the confirmation of an applicable province, would require taking away the current Constitutional rights of the provinces to do so. To take away areas of provincial authority was apparently also suggested by the ruling ANC recently.

According to IOL(IOL (Secular; Independent; South African) 29 / 06 | June / 2009), critics of redrawing the provinces believe the ANC wants to redraw them to oust their DA opposition from the Western Cape province, where DA head: Helen Zille is premier.

Retraction: Due to tertiary measures: we have discovered a serious error in a Scripturelink.net News Article relating to Blog Rorate Caeli

(Tridentine South Africa)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Retractions are not things any service enjoys to send out, especially not public, readable ones, however: in the interest of accuracy, and in accordance with our general policy, they are utterly necessary when we make mistakes which are larger than typing errors, which we are known to correct.

This retraction involves 2 events which both occurred, to our knowledge: in Bavaria, Germany, at around the same time: one conducted by the FSSPX / SSPX, a sect which was acting in direct disobedience to the Vatican via what they did, and the other done by the FSSP, who have left the SSPX for the mainstream.

Rorate Caeli reported on the ordination of 5 FSSP priests, seemingly in Bavaria Germany, at the same time as we were reporting on the Ordination of three SSPX priests in Bavaria, Germany. We assumed that they had misreported on the same issue, and they did not, to our knowledge note in their artilce any link to the FSSP.

The only hint, which we assume was certainly there at the time, was which bishop did the ordinations. We are not however in the habit of researching SSPX Bishops mentioned, and did not research the name provided by the blog: Rorate Caeli, which would have turned out to be a mainstream Catholic Bishop. We changed our rating in our articles of Rorate Caeli, from Catholic, to sympathetic with the SSPX, due to a perception that they were endorsing schism, something which took allot of time, when in fact Rorate Caeli were actually congratulating partakers in a perfectly licit event, simply nearby the proximity of another event.

We therefore are wading through the 8 Scripturelink Service articles we had altered, in order to take away our endorsement of Rorate Caeli as Catholic: now returning their status to Catholic!

With our multiple search resources, which we usually use, we apologize for assuming that we understood a story, without the adequate research, which we will hopefully provide in future. It is our public, and private search engines, by which our articles have become as sound as they are, along with general knowledge of the faith. We have in the past researched every important name mentioned by sources, perhaps we should return to this policy, at least where sources appear to have discrepencies: rather than simply noting apparent discrepencies.

Whenever we change the status of a seemingly Catholic website, we generally ensure a second opinion: in case we have made an error, in this case we asked Trinity Communications to review Rorate Caeli, noting our perception, in accordance with general policy. They returned our request, by noting that it was not in fact the SSPX ordination, which Rorate Caeli had been referring to. We then fact checked their conclusion, via the research we should have done into the Bishop who was noted as ordaining the 5 priests, and verified their facts.

It is fortunate that we were the ones who initiated an investigation into our own facts: via our tertiary, and just about never before necessary: policy of getting an informed, external second opinion, rather than have an error pointed out to us in a manner unrequested. While I regret making an official retraction, which we have not made in more than a while, I am glad that our service caught the error. Any errors in any sections of our articles, are important enough to adjust, and any errors can be reported to us, so that we may alter them.

The article directly affected has been altered. Changes made due to that article, have been changed back to the extent that the error has in our observation: been contained. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Marc Aupiais
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Monday, June 29, 2009

World Tainted Green: Welsh want to attempt compulsory charges for plastic shopping bags

(World Tainted Green; c.f. BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 29 / 06 | June / 2009 ; )

Article by Marc Aupiais

It is something that has been tried before. In fact, charging per plastic bag, and discouraging single use bags: was tried before: right here in the Republic of South Africa.


Personally: I am not sure if it worked here, granted, our plastic bags are thicker (and in our case generally recyclable), and we have to buy them, and do buy less. At the same time, the apocalypse predicted by industry at the time it was introduced here, did not occur.

The Welsh Parliament, is reportedly considering forcing shoppers to buy every plastic shopping bag they use. Welsh Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing, since June 2007: Jane Davidson, has suggestedthat shops charge, up to 15 pence, per shopping bag that a customer buys. At least part of the extra, the BBC reports: being gained, via levy, by the Welsh government.

Like in South Africa, where a similar  initiative has already been put in place, the new plastic bags, will likely be multiple use bags, and probably thicker than current plastic bags. The applicable minister, seems to be affiliated with the Labour party. While a Liberal Democrats spokesperson Mick Bates AM (BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 29 / 06 | June / 2009 ; ) raised concerns of what the money earned from a possible levy would be spent on, Angela Burns, representing the Conservatives: asked (BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 29 / 06 | June / 2009 ; ) that the possible levy be implemented earlier, rather than later.

Wales currently uses four hundred and eighty million (480 000 000) plastic bags per year. Wales a a territory within Great Britain / The United Kingdom.




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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Outgoing International Whaling Convention chair: William Hogarth: Whaling Ban should be lifted

(World Tainted Green; c.f. BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 26 / 06 | June / 2009)

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Once under even greater threat of extinction than today, due to the mass harvesting of whales, by commercial companies throughout the world, Whales, once again are entering a risky period. The outgoing head of the International Whaling Convention, has reportedly thought that it may be time to get rid of the ban on commercial whaling, while the incoming head, certainly seems to desire to cause anti-whaling nations and whalers to make compromises with each other(, which could be good or bad for whales): calling the current situation: unacceptable.

While the Whaling Ban (Commercial Whaling Moratorium of 1982), of the International Whaling Convention (IWC), is thought to be a safeguard, by many: for commercially threatened whales. Not so, says, William Hogarth, who was quoted, while he still chairs the International Body. He claims that as Japan's whaling is largely unregulated, as it is under the guise of scientific research, that getting rid of the ban on commercial whaling, would be, in his opinion a good thing.

While countries, such as Norway, and Japan, continue to whale, Norway, which has publicly objected to the moratorium, and declared itself exempt from the 1982 moratorium, and Japan, claiming that their whaling projects, are scientific. In general, the ban has previously been seen as a positive.

The Chair of the International Whaling Commission, suggests "limited", regulated commercial whaling: something the BBC suggests will go down well with the Japanese, accused of abusing the loophole in the moratorium, which allows whaling for "scientific" purposes. Why the Japanese would want a change, may seem odd. Editorially, it seems as though the current loopholes in the moratorium, give Japan legitimacy for their activities, perhaps they desire more legitimacy.

Native Communities, which traditionally hunt whales for food, are not prevented to do so under the moratorium. Nations such as Norway, or Iceland seemingly openly reject it.  Japan: hunts whales, in the name of scientific research.

Using the same seas as Japan: Australia, has decided to do non-lethal research into whales.

Incoming International Whaling Convention head: Cristian Maquieira, claims that the difficulty of realizing compromise is hard.

He has further: reportedly claimed:

""I feel if there's one common element involved here, it's that everybody believes the status quo is no longer acceptable,""
(BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 26 / 06 | June / 2009)

Japan reportedly currently kills at least a 1 000 (One Thousand) whales a every (12) twelve months (every year).








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SSPX goes ahead: ordains three men in Germany, despite threat of excommunication

(Tridentine South Africa; c.f. BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 27 / 06 | June / 2009; Vatican information Service V.I.S 17 / 06 | June / 2009 ; Archive: 18 / 06 | June / 2009; Rorate Caeli (Catholic; Independent; Unknown; Traditionalist) 27 / 06 | June / 2009: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2009/06/events_27.html)

[Noted Discrepancy cleared up: Rorate Caeli was refering to FSSP ordinations, in the same area and about the same time.]

Article by Marc Aupiais

According to the BBC, the SSPX / FSSPX (Fraternal Society of Saint Pius X), has gone ahead with three (3) ordinations, in Zaitzkofen, Bavaria, Germany. This despite the threat of excommunication, and Vatican opposition, and condemnation.

They ordained a Swiss (A man from Switzerland), a Pole (a man from Poland) and a Swede (a man from Sweden). The BBC had previously reported that the SSPX would ordain 30 men in June, however, this likely includes the additional ordination of priests (and possibly includes those planned of deacons) in America, and Switzerland, which the BBC, among other sources had noted to still be planned, by the SSPX. The SSPX's seminary's rector: cited the shortage of priests in Europe, as a reason to disobey the German and Vatican Church Authorities.

The German diocese in charge of the area, Regensburg, had said that the SSPX bishop, and three priests being in their view: illicitly, but validly (sacramentally) ordained: would likely incur excommunication.

The Catholic Bishop in charge of the Regensburg Diocese, which had noted possible excommunication, is Bishop Gerhard Müller.

The FSSPX/SSPX Bishop, who defied the Vatican, in addition to the applicable German diocese mentioned above, was reported prior the time to be SSPX Bishop Alfonso de Galaretta. Rorate Caeli, have an article about Bishop Athanasius Schneider ordaining 5 FSSP priests in the same area, however, this was an FSSP ordination, and the licit ordination of 5 FSSP has no relation to the Bavaria Ordinations of the 3 SSPX priests.

According to the Vatican (c.f. Vatican information Service V.I.S. 17 / 06 | June / 2009 ), who commented on the situation before the ordinations: the SSPX bishops and priests, while validly (Sacramentally) ordained, hold no legitimate (licit) authority in the church, and the ordinations, would be illicit (illegal).





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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Ireland; EU; Europe: Homosexuals welcome new "Civil Partnership" law

(See What We See News And Archive; c.f. Reuters (Secular; independent; British) 26 / 06 | June / 2009; AP (Secular; independent; American) via Yahoo news (Secular; independent; American) 26 / 06 | June / 2009 )

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While the Irish Constitution, notably altered, in 1995: in order for the state to permit divorce in the European country, has been cited by the Associated Press, as the reason, why those pushing the Irish "Civil Partnership Bill", passed on Friday, have not formally recognized so-called "Gay marriage", the new legislation notably, gives many of the legal rights and recourses related to Marriage: to cohabitating couples: seemingly: whether heterosexual or homosexual.

The bill was seemingly submitted by: Irish Justice Minister (Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform since May 2008) Dermot Ahern (of the political party: "Fianna Fáil"), who himself noted that, the Irish Government was giving many of the privileges ("rights") given married couples: to "Civil Partners", and himself seemingly noted the Irish Constitution's part in preventing further endorsement by the state. He further called the passing of the bill, legal recognition by the Irish state, of homosexual relationships.

Legally binding privileges given "Civil Partners", include aspects of marital privileges such those associated with: maintenance, and retirement.

In 1979, Ireland's politicians: legalized use of so-called contraceptives, in 1993, homosexuality was decriminalized, following an 1988 European Court decision.





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Charlie's Angel: 'Catholic': Farrah Fawcett's funeral to be in Catholic Cathedral

(See What We See News And Archive; c.f. Reuters (Secular; Independent; British) 27 / 06 | (June) / 2009 ; CNN (Secular; independent; American; Liberal) 25 / 06 | June / 2009; AP (Secular; Independent; American) via Yahoo News (Independent; Secular; American) 25 / 06 | (June) / 2009 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

According to Reuters, Charlie's Angel: Farrah Fawcett's funeral, will take place at: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in LA, USA (Los Angeles, United States of America), next Tuesday. That is: In the cathedral ... of ... angels, in the City of Angels.

Fawcett, died at age 62, after having had Anal Cancer. The actress, statistically Catholic, who received the sacrament of the Last Rites, before her death, had been diagnosed in 2006 with her fatal medical condition. She is most famous for her modelling, and her acting.

Her place of death was: "St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica", California (Yahoo News (Independent; Secular; American) 25 / 06 | (June) / 2009 ). Her long time romantic interest: Ryan O'Neal, was reportedly at her deathbed.

Some more controversial parts of her career, include appearing partially nude both in Playboy Magazine, and, also near nude: in a Playboy Video, where she "sculpted and painted" (Yahoo News (Independent; Secular; American) 25 / 06 | (June) / 2009 ). There have, in the past: also been allegations of drug use.





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Friday, June 26, 2009

Introducing: World Tainted Green

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Opening by Marc Aupiais

It is rare to come across a good Catholic Christian Environmentalist news service, we hope that our new "World Tainted Green", will fill the gap.

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Where's the Story today?

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Today, we have not placed any major story on our main online news, that does not mean our microblogging has not been at work. It just means that the investigative effort to put together our grade of story, has not been put forward today, while we focussed on smaller stories. Remember our twitter, and our multiple facebook pages, which can and do put news onto one's news feed. I guess, this is a way, to maybe see if our smaller adventures into the Newer media are of benefit. We will continue all of these, even as we are only starting to explore newer media: our full articles will continue. Hopefully, we will have another story tomorrow, or maybe even later today.

Also, for our North American viewers, who are fans of Infamous (but entertaining) Disney, a movie we recently reviewed, placing the mandatory warning about Disney first: Princess Protection Program, was reviewed by our service when in came out here: it is available at:


Film Review: kids /childrens' Movies: Disney's Princess Protection Program

(Media Study South Africa)

Article by Marc Aupiais

http://mediastudysa.blogspot.com/2009/06/film-review-kids-childrens-movies.html
http://southafricancatholic.blogspot.com/2009/06/film-review-kids-childrens-movies.html

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

South Africa: Second (2nd) Swine Flu (H1N1) case reported

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. News 24 (Secular; independent; Soputh African) 25 / 06 | (June) / 2009; IOL (Secular; independent; Soputh African) 25 / 06 | (June) / 2009 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

According to SAPA (South African Press Association), a second (2nd) case of H1N1, a.k.a. swine flu / Swine influenza / Pig Flu, has been reported in South Africa today, by the Department of Health (DOH). According to an official, a 29 year old man, who lives in France, had arrived in the Country to visit his mother in Pretoria, and was found to be ill: is the latest victim of the Swine Flu.

When our service first reported on Swine Flu, when the Influenza strain hit Mexico, we listed many important facts, and preventative measures, as quoted from health authorities in Canada, and the United States of America: these are accessible here:

Archive: 27 / 04 | (April) / 2009

http://southafricancatholic.blogspot.com/2009/04/latinsouth-america-mexico-catholic.html

This included cautionary steps such as washing hands with soap or alcohol based cleansers, and using a tissue when one sneezes, then throwing it away.

One should avoid touching their eyes or mouth, and doing several other activities, when confronted with the danger of the disease. Previous reporting on the South African situation, by local press, had raised concerns over an alleged inadequacy of medical treatment supplies, should a pandemic of the disease break into South Africa. Thermal (Heat) sensors at local International Airports, aimed at catching drug smugglers, were thought a way to notice whether or not someone had the illness.




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Pope's "General Audience": Visited by Outa Space man?...

(See What We See News and Archive; c.f. Zenit News Service (Catholic; independent; American) 20 / 11 | (November) / 2008 ;  24 / 06 | (June) / 2009 ; National Catholic Register (Catholic; independent; American) 24 / 06 | (June) / 2009 ; of Visit of "Relics" in Englandaccording to the Catholic Church in England and Wales; Vatican on St ThereseVatican Website: 1997)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Zenit News Service, among other services: has an interesting story about: Colonel Ronald Garan, who carried an article ("relic") associated with Saint Thérèse Martin of Lisieux, the stubborn Carmelite sister, often named the little flower: about Six million miles (6 000 000) into space (Discovery flight: 31st (05th month) May to 14th (06th month) June 2008), for a New Caney, Texas Carmelite community.

Apparently, the astronaut was privileged enough, to have: Yesterday: attended a "general audience" of the Roman Catholic Pontiff, who is currently Pope Benedict XVI.

The colonel became known, when he had asked Carmelites for prayers, and in exchange: offered to bring a small item into space for them. He is expected to repeat the experience, in 2011, when he returns to orbit. He has also founded an aid organization to help with water in Rwanda, in northern Africa. His aid agency gets funding from NASA (America's: National Aronaughtical and Space Agency), and the United Nations (UN).

More information on Saint Therese: from the Vatican, speaking of the life of the Saint, whose "relic", we know: had in 2008: entered space (text between [] added by us):

"THÉRÈSE MARTIN was born at Alençon, France on 2 January 1873. Two days later, she was baptized Marie Frances Thérèse at Notre Dame [French for: Our Lady] Church. Her parents were Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin. After the death of her mother on 28 August 1877, Thérèse and her family moved to Lisieux.

Towards the end of 1879, she went to confession for the first time. On the Feast of Pentecost [celebrating that the Holy Spirit came down on the apostles, allegedly 50 days after the events of the crucifixion] 1883, she received the singular grace of being healed from a serious illness through the intercession of Our Lady of Victories [Mary]. Taught by the Benedictine Nuns of Lisieux and after an intense immediate preparation culminating in a vivid experience of intimate union with Christ, she received First Holy Communion [Ceremony where one is first allowed to take the Blessed Host | Communion] on 8 May 1884. Some weeks later, on 14 June of the same year, she received the Sacrament of Confirmation [Final sacrament of Christian Initiation, by which more spiritual strength is given], fully aware of accepting the gift of the Holy Spirit as a personal participation in the grace of Pentecost.

She wished to embrace the contemplative life, as her sisters Pauline and Marie had done in the Carmel of Lisieux, but was prevented from doing so by her young age [hence her patronage: the Stubborn Saint]. On a visit to Italy, after having visited the House of Loreto and the holy places of the Eternal City, during an audience granted by Pope Leo XIII to the pilgrims from Lisieux on 20 November 1887, she asked the Holy Father with childlike audacity to be able to enter the Carmel at the age of fifteen.

On 9 April 1888 she entered the Carmel of Lisieux. She received the habit on 10 January of the following year, and made her religious profession on 8 September 1890 on the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In Carmel she embraced the way of perfection outlined by the Foundress, Saint Teresa of Jesus, fulfilling with genuine fervour and fidelity the various community responsibilities entrusted to her. Her faith was tested by the sickness of her beloved father, Louis Martin, who died on 29 July 1894. Thérèse nevertheless grew in sanctity, enlightened by the Word of God and inspired by the Gospel to place love at the centre of everything. In her autobiographical manuscripts she left us not only her recollections of childhood and adolescence but also a portrait of her soul, the description of her most intimate experiences. She discovered the little way of spiritual childhood and taught it to the novices entrusted to her care. She considered it a special gift to receive the charge of accompanying two "missionary brothers" with prayer and sacrifice. Seized by the love of Christ, her only Spouse, she penetrated ever more deeply into the mystery of the Church and became increasingly aware of her apostolic and missionary vocation to draw everyone in her path." [Read on]
(Vatican Website: 1997)





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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Miracle in Kansas

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Creative Minority Report has an interesting story on a sainthood investigation:

Creative minority Report 24 / 06 |June / 2009

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Vatican unveils King Henry letter

(See What We See News And Archive; c.f. BBC (Secular; Governmental; British) 24 / 06 (June) / 2009 )

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A reproduction of the infamous letter sent to pontiff, Pope Clement VII, by King Henry VIII, who founded the Anglican church, is now being shown publicly by the Vatican. In the year 1530 A.D. Henry VII, infamous for being unable to have male heirs (his fault, not the wives'): and for killing his wives, sent a letter to the Pontiff at the time, arguing for his choice to divorce the ill-fated: Catherine of Aragon.

BBC has reported the unveiling:

BBC (Secular; Governmental; British) 24 / 06 (June) / 2009 Reports:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8116029.stm


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Ten US Catholic Colleges: students encouraged to support Gay marriage groups, abortion groupings?

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Note by Marc Aupiais

We have only noted these articles now, as the Cardinal Newman Society, has only emailed their online lists now.

The Cardinal Newman Society, is an American Catholic Laity Watchdog, which focuses on so-called Catholic tertiary institutions:

Their accuracy, is not guaranteed, and their claims should be taken on the same level: as one takes claims of an influential watchdog society. Their claims are important, as both homosexual marriage (called "Civil Unions" in South African law), and abortion, are apposed to basic dogmas of the Catholic Faith. We have not removed any inaccuracies from their statement, if there are any inaccuracies.

The Cardinal Newman Society, has attacked ten US Catholic Colleges, for their internship policies. The Cardinal Newman Society, as quoted, speak entirely in their own capacity:

The colleges named include:

according to: Cardinal Newman Society Quote: (Text made bold, coloured red:)

"Inappropriate internships were discovered at the following institutions:


Boston College
A page on the Boston College website recommends “Non-Profit Internship Sources” including two pro-abortion advocacy groups, the Feminist Majority Foundation and the National Organization for Women. A Boston College Law School website also recommends to students opportunities for “pro bono” legal work, including the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts which “depends on the work of volunteers and interns to make it possible to achieve its mission of providing low-cost, high-quality medical, educational, counseling, and advocacy services to men and women across the state.” Also listed are the ACLU-Massachusetts and the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), both of which advocate homosexual “marriage.”


College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University
The Gender and Women’s Studies program for the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Minnesota promotes internship opportunities including the pro-abortion Feminist Majority Foundation, with responsibilities including “clinic defense” (most likely meaning efforts to oppose protestors at abortion clinics); the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus, which supports pro-abortion female political candidates; and Rainbow Families, with responsibilities including developing a “resource and referral guide for the LGBT prospective parents.”


DePaul University
The DePaul University Women’s and Gender Studies program offers credit for internships, noting that students have interned with abortion provider Planned Parenthood and the Chicago Women’s Health Center, which offers emergency contraceptive services and alternative insemination for “lesbians, bisexual, and queer couples, single women of any sexual orientation, and trans people.”


Georgetown University
A 2007 change in policy by the Georgetown Law School permitted students to receive university funding through the Equal Justice Foundation for interning at abortion advocacy organizations. The change came after a student was refused funding for an internship at Planned Parenthood. After lobbying from pro-abortion Georgetown students and faculty ensued, the law school altered its policy and no longer considered the mission of organizations in determining grants for internships. A recent review of Georgetown Law School and the Equal Justice Foundation gives no indications that this policy has been altered from the 2007 decision.


Loyola University of Chicago
The Loyola University of Chicago Women’s Studies and Gender Studies website lists opportunities for internships and volunteer opportunities at the following pro-abortion organizations: Chicago National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and the Chicago Abortion Fund.




St. Edward’s University
St. Edward’s University students apparently have worked as interns at the local NARAL Pro-Choice Texas to fulfill a “Community Service in Women’s Studies” credit requirement. As of June 4, 2009, the NARAL Pro-Choice Texas website listed three interns from St. Edward’s University; the page has since been edited. One of the student biographies read: “[Student’s Name] (Service Learning Intern) is a second-semester freshman at St. Edward’s University, and is a Religious Studies major and a Women’s Studies Minor. He is working with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas as part of the service learning program within the Women’s Studies Minor.”




St. Norbert College
At St. Norbert College the Women’s and Gender Studies program recommends internships at a host of pro-abortion organizations including the National Organization for Women, Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), Planned Parenthood, the League of Women Voters, the National Women’s Health Network, the National Women’s Law Center, Our Bodies Ourselves, the Women’s Campaign Fund and the Women’s Information Network. Also recommended are the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), both of which advocate homosexual “marriage.” The Population Institute, which St. Norbert College recommends for internships, is an aggressive lobby for government funding of family planning programs.




University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program offers internships for academic credit at “approved locations.” Through its Boehnen Fund for Excellence in Gender Studies, Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program awarded a grant in 2008 to fund a student’s internship at the National Organization for Women in Washington, D.C.




University of San Francisco
USF’s Media Studies program promotes internships at Girlfriends Magazine (which requires applicants to be “conversant in lesbian culture and politics”) and the California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League."

From:  Cardinal Newman Society Article: "Ten Catholic Colleges Support Internships with Advocates of Abortion, Gay Marriage": posted: 16 / 06 (June) / 2009

accessed today, after reading email dispatch from grouping.

Meanwhile, the same laity watchdog, has raised concern via allegations that some of the Catholic tertiary institutions in the United States of America, are allegedly lobbying US bishops, to remove a policy saying they should not honour persons, or publicly support those propagating: what the Church considers intrinsic evils:

http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CardinalNewmanSociety/tabid/36/ctl/Details/mid/435/ItemID/588/Default.aspx

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VIS on this Day: Pope's concerns: Year For Priests, Conflict and Children, and Red Cross Hostages

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 V.I.S. as quoted below: speak entirely in their own capacity.

You decide: today we have included all the articles sent us by VIS, we can continue such practice easily, but this is your choice if you want it:

Below: From V.I.S. Vatican Information Service: (font made bold, colour changed):

"YEAR FOR PRIESTS: COMPLETE IDENTIFICATION WITH CHRIST


VATICAN CITY, 24 JUN 2009 (VIS) - During today's general audience, held in St. Peter's Square, the Pope focused his remarks on the Year for Priests which he inaugurated last Friday, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and day of prayer for the sanctification of the clergy, and which is intended to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Mary Vianney.


"Why a Year for Priests?" the Pope asked. "And why should it recall the holy 'Cure of Ars' who apparently did nothing out of the ordinary?"


The Holy Father went on to explain how "Divine Providence ordained that the figure [of St. John May Vianney] should be associated with that of St. Paul" because, "although the two saints followed very different life paths, ... these exists nonetheless a fundamental factor that unites them: their total identification with their ministry, their communion with Christ".


"The aim of this Year for Priests", he went on, "is to support each priest's struggle towards spiritual perfection, 'upon which the effectiveness of his ministry particularly depends', and to help priests, and with them the entire People of God, to rediscover and revive an awareness of the extraordinary and indispensable gift of Grace which the ordained ministry represents, for the person who receives it, for the entire Church, and for the world which would be lost without the real presence of Christ".


"Although the historical and social conditions in which the 'Cure of Ars' worked have changed, it is right to ask how priests can imitate him by identifying themselves with their ministry in modern globalised societies", said the Pope.


"In a world in which the common view of life leaves ever less space for the sacred, in place of which 'functionality' becomes the only decisive category, the Catholic concept of priesthood could risk losing its due regard, sometimes even in the ecclesial conscience".


The Holy Father identified two conceptions of the priesthood, "which do not in fact contradict one another". On the one hand "a social-functional conception which identifies the essence of priesthood with the concept of 'service'. ... On the other hand there is a sacramental-ontological conception" which sees priestly ministry "as determined by a gift called Sacrament, granted by the Lord through the mediation of the Church".


"What", the Pope asked, "does it mean for priests to evangelise? In what does the primacy of announcement exist? ... Announcement coincides with the person of Christ", he said, "a priest cannot consider himself as 'master' of the Word, but as its servant".


"Only participation in Christ's sacrifice, in His 'chenosi', ... and docile obedience to the Church ... makes announcement authentic. ... Priests are Christ's servants, in the sense that their existence, ontologically configured to Him, have an essentially relational character. The priest is in Christ, for Christ and with Christ at the service of humankind. Precisely because he belongs to Christ, the priest is radically at the service of man".


Benedict XVI concluded by expressing the hope that "the Year for Priests may lead all the clergy to identify themselves completely with Christ Who died and rose again, so that, imitating St. John the Baptist, they may be ready 'to diminish' that He may grow; and that, following the example of the 'Cure of Ars', they may be constantly and profoundly aware of their mission, which is both sign and presence of the infinite mercy of God".
AG/YEAR FOR PRIESTS/... VIS 090624 (580)


POPE RECALLS CHILDREN IN WAR ZONES, RED CROSS, HOSTAGES


VATICAN CITY, 24 JUN 2009 (VIS) - At the end of today's general audience, the Holy Father greeted a delegation headed by Radhika Coomaraswamy, under secretary general of the United Nations and special representative for children and armed conflict.


The Pope expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by Ms. Coomaraswamy and her collaborators "to defend the child victims of violence and arms, I am thinking of all the children of the world, especially those who suffer fear, abandonment, hunger, abuses, sickness and death. The Pope remains close to all these young victims and always remembers them in his prayers".


He then went on to recall that on 24 June 1859, 150 years ago today, "was born the idea for a great movement to assist the victims of war, a movement which later took the name of Red Cross.


"With the passage of the years", the Holy Father added, "the values of universality, neutrality and independence of service have aroused the support of millions of volunteers all over the world, creating an important bulwark of humanity and solidarity in numerous contexts of war and conflict, and in many emergency situations. While expressing the hope that human beings in all their dignity and integrity will remain at the centre of the Red Cross's humanitarian efforts, I particularly encourage young people to make a concrete commitment to this most worthy organisation.


"I also take advantage of this moment", Benedict XVI concluded, "to ask for the release of all people held hostage in areas of conflict and, once again, for the release of Eugenio Vagni, Red Cross worker in the Philippines".
AG/CHILDREN WAR RED CROSS HOSTAGES/... VIS 090624 (290)


OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS


VATICAN CITY, 24 JUN 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop Jose Benedito Simao, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as bishop of Assis (area 9,077, population 304,000, Catholics 258,600, priests 53, religious 67), Brazil.
NER/.../SIMAO VIS 090624 (50)"


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