Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Randall Terry, not the model of Catholic Orthodoxy

I so called this: Randall Terry and his rebuke by Archbishop Burke.

And the Legionary's/Regnum Christi will have an Apostolic Visitation.

This is good news.

Good news for the LC/RCs and for the rest of us who believe that something is JUST. NOT. RIGHT.

Thank you Pope Benedict.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Medical Missionary Trip to the Philippines

My daughter, Anastasia is going back to the Philippines for a second Medical Missionary Trip.

Here is the Youtube video of the last one:

She is wearing pink at about 1 minute into the video.

A letter about this year's trip to Ana states thus:

First up, the mission on July 26-31 will be in Alabel, Sarangani Province again. It's a poor agricultural town where many of the residents do not own the land they till. The rich landowners do not live in the area. It is rare to find a home there that can accommodate local or foreign guests. So all volunteers shall be packed in the xxxxxx (5 or 8 or 9 volunteers per room). Some rooms will have malfunctioning airconditioners, and perhaps one or two volunteers will see a snake sneaking across the ground floor.

And another note:

Many of the people we will be serving will be Muslims and other tribal people who feel a certain hostility towards Christians. Therefore, volunteers must be in their friendliest best. Patience, patience, patience. But I do remember your patience and your friendly smiles from 2007, so I suppose you will manage.

There is a blog (what else?) documenting the kind of work they will be doing at Rosa Mystic Health Mission.

Please pray for the safety of the doctors, nurses and medical assistants who will be traveling to give free medical care to the people of the Philippines but most importantly sharing the hope that is within them.

"But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you."
1 Peter 3:15 Douay Rheims

Thursday, March 26, 2009

What do Cardinal Sean and Bud Feldkamp have in common?

A source of income?

MEDIA ADVISORY, Mar. 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- Some of you may have seen the major news story of the private plane that crashed into a Montana cemetery, killing 7 children and 7 adults.

But what the news sources fail to mention is that the Catholic Holy Cross Cemetery owned by Resurrection Cemetery Association in Butte - contains a memorial for local residents to pray the rosary, at the 'Tomb of the Unborn'. This memorial, located a short distance west of the church, was erected as a dedication to all babies who have died because of abortion.

What else is the mainstream news not telling you? The family who died in the crash near the location of the abortion victim's memorial, is the family of Irving 'Bud' Feldkamp, owner of the largest for-profit abortion chain in the nation.

Family Planning Associates was purchased four years ago by Irving Moore "Bud" Feldkamp III, owner of Allcare and Hospitality Dental Associates and CEO of Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino. The 17 California Family Planning clinics perform more abortions in the state than any other abortion provider - Planned Parenthood included - and they perform abortions through the first five months of pregnancy.

Although Feldkamp is not an abortionist, he reaps profits of blood money from the tens of thousands of babies that are killed through abortions performed every year at the clinics he owns. His business in the abortion industry was what enabled him to afford the private plane that was carrying his family to their week-long vacation at The Yellowstone Club, a millionaires-only ski resort.

The plane went down on Sunday, killing two of Feldkamp's daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren along with the pilot and four family friends. The plane, a single-engine turboprop flown by Bud Summerfield of Highland, crashed into the Catholic cemetery and burst into flames, only 500 ft. from its landing destination. All aboard were killed.

You know what I keep thinking, "God will not be mocked" and now this abortion chain owner knows how David felt when his child died as a judgment against he and Bathsheba for their sin.

This abortion clinic chain "Allcare" seems to have been purchased by Dr. Feldkamp (a dentist)and located near this building.

It also appears that this is not the first tragedy for this family. In 2006 it seems that a grandson also died after suffocating. He was only 10 1/2 months old.

So, follow the timeline. In 2005 Bud Feldkamp buys the largest for-profit abortion clinic chain in the world. One year later his grandson dies. Three years later two of his children, two son in laws and five grandchildren are killed.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The fight has not been kept far from the walls. The fight is inside the house.

This is an article written by Mrs. Leila Lawler appearing at Catholic Culture, a lady as intelligent as she is beautiful and as uncompromising as she is orthodox. No one could have said it better.

There are those who refuse to acknowledge
what is really going on. Probably because they are on the payroll of the Archdiocese.

Lest there be any doubt- we are talking about nothing but blood money.

The article from Catholic Culture:

Let’s take a moment to try to understand what’s going on in Boston, shall we?

To recap:

Caritas Christi, the health-care agency administered by the Archdiocese of Boston, has joined in a successful bid for a government contract to provide health services for low-income clients. The program requires coverage for abortion, sterilization, and contraception.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley says:

"While I appreciate the opportunity given to Caritas Christi to serve the poor through this agreement, I wish to reaffirm that this agreement can only be realized if the moral obligations for Catholic hospitals as articulated in the Ethical and Religious Directives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are fulfilled at all times and in all cases. In order to assure me that this agreement will provide for the integrity of the Catholic identity and practices of Caritas Christi Health Care System, I have asked the National Catholic Bioethics Center to review the agreement and to assure me that it is faithful to Catholic principles." [This is the cardinal's statement in its entirety, made on March 12, 2009.]

First, about serving the poor.

Caritas Christi is a failing business, the mission of which, in this bid, is to shore up an eroding bottom line. Serving the poor isn’t the issue. Winning a large government contract is.

One doesn’t serve the poor by providing them with abortions at the taxpayer’s expense. Even before the present debacle, the archdiocese should have been at the forefront of the (nonexistent) fight to prevent a situation in which the state (meaning its citizens) would be funding abortions.

Now, although the meanest intellect can tell you that by contracting for abortions (and other immoral acts such as sterilizations), Caritas will violate Catholic principles, not only will Cardinal Sean, a bishop, refer the problem to the National Catholic Bioethics Center, he sits on the Board of Directors of that institution.

So he is going to ask himself what he thinks?

If only.

Who are the NCBC? As a friend of John Haas, the president, I regret to say the NCBC compromises and equivocates on the issue of vaccines developed using cells from aborted fetuses, and they refuse to acknowledge any ambiguity on organ donation.

More importantly, the NCBC is not the bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston.

What is the teaching authority of the NCBC?


They have one function in this case, and may God forbid they use it: to provide safe cover under language of “remote proximity” and “lack of material cooperation.”

The faithful need to be clear. Even lacking advanced degrees in bioethics, an ordinary person can figure these things out.

And any person without even a passing knowledge of Directives, Ethical and otherwise, knows that if so-called Catholic hospitals engage in referring for abortions, sterilizations, in vitro fertilizations, etc., then Catholic doctors, nurses, other health care workers, and patients of good conscience will have nowhere to go.

Further, any attempt to safeguard conscientious objection will be rendered moot, sterile, useless, and futile. Such attempts on a national level, going on right now, would have no standing if Catholics in Massachusetts were in the business of providing “reproductive services.”

All the while, we will be able to accuse ourselves of removing the absolute last resort of Christian conduct, since retreat – which is what conscientious objection is – should be recognized as the final refuge of the battle, not its first stage.

The battle has indeed breached the walls of Catholic sanity, ethics, and right conduct. May Cardinal Sean wake up in time.

Friday, March 20, 2009

For the Record

Over the weekend I saw the news article about now Catholic Randy Terry and his trip to Rome. His goal seemed to be a publicity stunt aimed at trying to get Bishop Wuerl and Bishop Loverde removed because they will not refuse Communion to pro-abortion politicians.

[And because that is usually the way it works, lay people fly to Rome, call the press, demand to see Bishops and then dictate the terms of what they want.]

A very fine goal I am sure: you can send your contributions here.

However, my skepticism about Randy Terry given his track record prevents me from being too enthusiastic and I thought no more about this until... I received the following email this morning from Mr. Joseph Landry:

Randall Terry's previous marriage was annulled by the Roman Catholic Church. If you know what an annulment is then no further explanation is necessary and I request the removal of your slanderous and calumnious remarks. If you are not Catholic I would be happy to explain an annulment to you.
God Bless,
Joseph Landry

The name Joseph Landry struck a faint chord and then I remembered he was one of the "pilgrims" that accompanied Randy Terry to Rome.

I wasn't sure what blog post Mr. Landry meant but I found this that I wrote upon the article by the National Catholic Register about Randy Terry entering the Church.

When I first read the email from Mr. Landry I wondered, "Have you considered working for the Legionary's? They could really use someone like you. And something tells me they pay better."

But on to my "caluminous statement" about poor maligned Randall Terry. The facts are thus (however you will not read them in the National Catholic Register). Randall and Cindy Terry were married for 19 years and had 5 children. When Randall was running for office he met a 22 year old woman who was a campaign aide and I guess they "fell in love". Randall's protestant church censured and sanctioned him and rightly so I must say. Apparently to them it was obvious that 1. God hates divorce 2. Abandoning your wife and 5 children is wrong since the man who will not care for his family is worse than a nonbeliever. 3. Cindy and he WERE actually married.

Now we fast forward to the present where Randall Terry is remarried to Andrea and apparently with the seal of approval of the Catholic Church. Well, even though it's Lent permit me to say it, "Glory Hallelujah". Congratulations Randy on receiving a declaration of nullity. Tough luck Cindy but maybe you can find someone to marry- oh but after 19 years of marriage and five kids, maybe not so much. Well at least her protestant Church stood by her and condemned the divorce and abandonment. And more the pity that the Catholic Church did not do the same.

Randall Terry remains a controversial figure for many reasons.

His fundraising and financial dealings
for example have been a cause of concern as well as the family values he has attempted to promote which have not borne fruit in his own life.

I will be happy to make the correction that Randall Terry has indeed received a declaration of nullity for his 19 year marriage to Cindy.