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But I thought they LOVED the poor? May 27, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Isn’t the conventional wisdom that we are told by the media, but academia, by all our self-appointed ‘elites,’ including millions of those who show up at Mass on Sunday, is that the Democrats love the poor, and the Republicans hate them?  Isn’t the story that voting for a Republican is tantamount to desiring the mass slaughter of millions of the poor?  Isn’t that basically the story we’re told?  We’ve recently had the story of a de-frocked priest and Marquette University professor lambasting Archbishop Dolan for having the temerity to support a Republican Congressional initiative (the ‘Ryan plan’) to stave off pending fiscal disaster in this country, calling Dolan’s support a ‘criminal act’, and something totally in defiance of what Jesus taught.  I could name a host of other examples, but you get the point – this is what we’re told constantly. 

But there is something, apparently, that the saintly democrats love more than the poor, and that is abortion.  Recently, the state of Indiana passed a law completely defunding Planned Parenthood.  Planned Parenthood can no longer receive state Medicaid payouts.  Many other states are considering similar measures.  And so how does the Obama Administration respond to this threat to their number one constituency?  They threaten the poor of Indiana – by claiming that the federal government will shut off ALL Medicaid funding for Indiana if Planned Barrenhood funding is not reinstated:

The Obama administration is raising serious objections to a new Indiana law that cuts off state and federal money for Planned Parenthood clinics providing health care to low-income women on Medicaid….

Federal officials have 90 days to act but may feel pressure to act sooner because IN is already enforcing its law, which took effect on May 10, and because legislators in other states are working on similar measures

If a state Medicaid program is not in compliance with federal law and regulations, federal officials can take corrective action, including “the total or partial withholding” of federal Medicaid money. The mere threat of such a penalty is often enough to get states to comply. Actually imposing the penalty would, in many cases, hurt the very people whom Medicaid is intended to help.

Administration officials said the IN law imposed impermissible restrictions on the freedom of Medicaid recipients to choose health care providers.

So, the Obama Administration is basically using terrorist tactics, blackmailing the State of Indiana over Planned Barrenhood funding, and revealing yet again that when the chips are down, when push comes to shove, there is nothing more central, more essential to the democrat party than continued support for abortion.  After all, money wins elections, and the poor don’t have much.  But abortionists do.  So the Obama Administration is prepared to cut off ALL Medicaid funding for ALL who need it in Indiana, in order to preserve funding for the critical, party sustaining sacrifices to the dark god Moloch, who completely controls the destinies of all demonrats and must be appeased at all costs!! Planned Parenthood.  And yet, conservatives hate the poor.  Indeed.

 Check out this stinging editorial from the Fort Wayne News Sentinel:

According to a statement approved by the White House, IN’s law is not needed because federal law already prohibits federal dollars from being spent on abortion. Furthermore, Medicaid does not allow “states to stop beneficiaries from getting care they need – like cancer screenings and preventive care – because their provider provides certain other services.”

“Certain other services” are abortions, in case the language is too subtle for you. The WH’s stance shows the big lie in the claim that government money won’t be used for them. Money is fungible – that is, one dollar is the same as any other. If the government gives money for things such as screenings and preventive care, that frees up PP to use its other dollars for abortions. [Yep, anyone with a brain can see that]

And forgive us the metaphor, but surrounding abortions with all those other “needed services” is a little like terrorists putting their hideouts in neighborhoods full of innocent civilians: Take us out if you dare, but be prepared for collateral damage. Why must those needed services be provided by PP? State officials have said they will make sure to provide them elsewhere.

One of the premier lies told by Planned Barrenhood and its supporters over and over and over is that PB performs essential medical services to the community that simply aren’t available elsewhere.  Jill Stanek points out that there are 92 counties in Indiana, and  yet PB only has 28 “clinics.”  ” Meanwhile there are a combined hundreds if not thousands of doctors offices, immediate care clinics, county health departments, and Federally Qualified Health Clinics in IN that provide all the same services to Medicaid patients – and much more – than PP. As Gov. Mitch Daniels said when signing the bill, “We will take any actions necessary to ensure that vital medical care is, if anything, more widely available than before.”

Everything Planned Barrenhood says is a lie.  And nothing is more sacrosanct to the democrat party than abortion on demand. 

Notre Dame trustee gave $30k to pro-abort Emily’s List May 27, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, religious, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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The only thing – the ONLY thing – that Emily’s List advocates for is abortion.  They are one of the most strident pro-abort organizations in the country.  Their sole purpose, according to their website, is function as “a community of progressive Americans dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to every level of office.”  That’s it.  And so, when news broke about Roxanne Martino being named to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees and her numerous donations to Emily’s List, did Notre Dame issue a mea culpa?  Did they try the tired, discredited ‘seamless garment’ argument?  No……..they pretended Ms. Martino had no clue what Emily’s List is, and does:

Ms. Martino (along with her husband, Rocco) is a Notre Dame graduate, and she is fully supportive of Church teaching on the sanctity of life.

She has through the years contributed to organizations that provide a wide range of important services and support to women. She did not realize, however, that several of these organizations also take a pro-choice position.

This is not her personal position, and she will now review all of her contributions to ensure that she does not again inadvertently support these kinds of activities in the future. [That $30,000 given over 12 years – she had no idea where it was going.  She maxed out her individual contributions for the past 4 years!  She was supporting Emily’s List to the utmost of her ability!] 

Oh, so not only has she given money to Emily’s List, she apparently has also given money to other pro-abort groups, as Notre Dame’s own statement above indicates.  But the ostensibly brilliant Ms. Martino somehow did not know that Emily’s List is solely dedicated to electing pro-abort women.  Thomas Peters is having none of it:

But the idea that EMILY’s List provides “a wide range of important services and support to women” is, to be blunt, baloney (and I don’t mean “baloney”).

Furthermore, the idea that Mrs. Martino has been donating to Emily’s List for twelve years – right up until last year – normally to the tune of $5,000 (the legal max amount, coincidentally, for designated donations to candidate campaigns – and Emily’s List ONLY endorses pro-abortion candidates) for a total of almost $30,000, without EVER realizing what Emily’s List PROUDLY does … that idea also beggars serious doubt.

Finally – and this is my real point – when committed, Catholic, pro-life people come to a Catholic university and, knowing all these facts in the public record, ask for an explanation, they deserve a forthright answer and an apology – not a snow job.

Notre Dame never seems to miss an opportunity to strain its already tenuous relationship with Catholics of principle and passion. My patience with their current leadership has about snapped.

‘About snapped.’  Ha……sorry, Thomas, I think I can speak for many faithful Catholics whose patience for ‘Notre Shame’ expired years ago.  I wouldn’t spend $50k a year to send my kids there.

Vatican calls for worldwide Adoration….. May 27, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, Papa.
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……in support of the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood.  The 60 hours are to be centered around Wednesday, June 29. 

I think this is an effort that deserves great support!  Many local parishes offer some periods of Adoration, some more generous than others, but perhaps a kind and charitable request to a pastor may help encourage various parishes to support this additional Adoration!  That would be a very great thing for the Church – being in the Real Presence of the Lord brings so many tangible benefits in terms of Grace and strengthens both our Catholic identity and our collective Faith!  Would you, in your charity, consider sending your pastor a brief, kindly worded message, asking him to assist in this worldwide celebration of Pope Benedict’s ordination? 

This could be a source of great blessings for the whole Church!

That is how to do Adoration!

Anybody ever been to….. May 27, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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……St. Stanislaus parish in Bandera, TX?  We were planning on going down to Pipe Creek and then Medina lake this weekend, but the kids are sick and we may not make it.  BUT……if we do, I definitely want to check out this Polish-Catholic parish in Bandera – St. Stanislaus.  See the pic below – I know some Polish Catholic parishes are pretty traditional – from this pic it looks like they still use the wall-type altar and not a ‘table’ type?  Versus Deum, perhaps?  Anybody ever been there?

The family we’re staying with usually goes to church in Helotes, but I may try to check this place out if we make it down this weekend.  There are alot of very nice Catholic parishes in the Hill Country.