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Obama’s Christmas present to Planned Parenthood – mo money! December 13, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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The Obama Administration has rejected the Texas Legislature’s defunding of Planned Parenthood.  They will get the $64 million.

The Obama administration has turned down a request from Texas to run its Title X family planning program, funded with federal taxpayer dollars, without funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

The adminsitration sent a letter to inform the Texas Health and Human Services Commission of its intent to deny a request to extend the Medicaid Women’s Health Program if Texas complies with its law banning contractors “that perform or promote elective abortions or affiliate with entities that perform or promote elective abortions.”

Earlier this year, Texas yanked about $64 million in funding from Planned Parenthood and directed the funds to agencies that do not do abortions. In conjunction with that, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission submitted a request to the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services to continue its family planning program without funding Planned Parenthood or other abortion agencies.

As it has in Indiana and New Hampshire, the Obama administration denied the request and, according tothe Texas Tribune, Cindy Mann, director of the federal agency, wrote a letter to Texas officials today saying its request is a violation of the federal Social Security Act.

We want to be very clear [that] Medicaid does not pay for abortions and will not pay for abortions,” [as anyone who has spent time counseling women outside abortion mills should be able to tell you, this claim is false.  I have spoken with dozens of perfectly healthy women who have gotten Medicaid to pay for their abortion by getting a doctor to declare it medically necessary.  This kind of fraud and abuse goes on all the time, and is a prime reason to defund Planned Barrenhood] Mann told the Tribune. “We indicated to the state today [that] their proposal violates the longstanding law.”

The l aw of the state, perhaps, but what of the Law of God? 

Merry Christmas to the unborn, from the Obama Administration.  You didn’t want to be born, anyway.

Wyoming Catholic College video December 13, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Society, Tradition.
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I got this off Catholic Vote – nice scenery.  I hear many good things about Wyoming Catholic College, but I also hear it is $$$ and I have been told by Charles Mercer, associate director of the annual fund at Wyoming Catholic College, that it presently costs $24k per year to attend.  Individual readers can assess the cost-benefit of $100k college expense vis a vis a child receiving a college education and, I pray, remaining steadfast in the Faith.  They are more likely to maintain or grow in the Faith at Wyoming Catholic College than just about any other Catholic university, based on available evidence.  I do like Dr. Peter Kwasniewski a whole bunch in Latin Mass Magazine

Incredible statement by hispanic bishops of US on immigration December 13, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Wow.  What do you think of this?

Thirty-three of the Hispanic bishops in the US, including the archbishops of Los Angeles and San Antonio, have written a letter to the nation’s immigrants “to let those of you who lack proper authorization to live and work in our country know that you are not alone, or forgotten.”

In their message of support, the bishops say that immigrants have made important contributions to American society, and lamented that “you are often treated as criminals because you have violated current immigration laws.” [Did they really write that – with a straight face?  The mention breaking the law, and then lament how these immigrants are treated as criminals?  Do they write such for burglars, or arsonists, or even speeding motorists?  This statement is incredible.]

“In a very special way we want to thank you for the Christian values you manifest to us with your lives—your sacrifice for the well-being of your families, [Numerous families have been ripped apart by immigration – by choice.  In the book On The Immorality of Illegal Immigration by Fr. Patrick Bascio, he describes the lamentations sent him by numerous women in Mexico and Central America who have been abandoned by their husbands to seek their fortune in the US.  I know a woman here locally who left her husband and children to make money in the US, and is now living with a boyfriend who is not her husband. Not all immigration is motivated by the altruism these bishops assume] your determination and perseverance, your joy of life, your profound faith and fidelity despite your insecurity and many difficulties,” the bishops said in their letter, issued on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “You contribute much to the welfare of our nation in the economic, cultural and spiritual arenas.”

………In your suffering faces we see the true face of Jesus Christ. We are well aware of the great sacrifice you make for your families’ well-being. Many of you perform the most difficult jobs and receive miserable salaries and no health insurance or social security. [Excuse me – were the immigrants forced here with a gun to their heads?  Did someone force them to take these “most difficult jobs” paying “miserable salaries” – salaries, which are much higher than they could earn in Mexico or other countries?  What of the responsiblity of Mexico to provide a decent economic environment for it’s citizens, instead of the oligarchy that prevails, with a few mega-rich, a very small middle class, and a huge swath of desperately poor?  Where is the indictment of the governments of these nations that produce the immigrants?] Despite your contributions to the well-being of our country, instead of receiving our thanks, you are often treated as criminals because you have violated current immigration laws………

We are also very aware of the pain suffered by those families who have experienced the deportation of one of their members. We are conscious of the frustration of youth and young adults who have grown up in this country and whose dreams are shattered because they lack legal immigration status. [So, this is nothing but a paean for amnesty] We also know of the anxiety of those whose application process for permanent residency is close to completion and of the anguish of those who live daily under the threat of deportation. This situation cries out to God for a worthy and humane solution. [So, God is angered by a nation enforcing what are really very liberal immigration laws?]  

We acknowledge that, at times, actions taken in regard to immigrants have made you feel ignored or abandoned, especially when no objection is raised to the false impressions that are promoted within our society … [Riiiiight – there is absolutely no one, save for these resolute bishops, speaking out on behalf of immigrants.  Do these bishops speak with such force for non-hispanic immigrants?]

The lack of a just, humane and effective reform of immigration laws negatively affects the common good of the entire United States. It pains and saddens us that many of our Catholic brothers and sisters have not supported our petitions for changes in the immigration law that will protect your basic rights while you contribute your hard work to our country. We promise to keep working to bring about this change … [This is a pretty outrageous statement.  There can be legitimate differences of opinion regarding policy issues like immigration.  There is no Doctrine that requires faithful Catholics to support what is being proposed here – turning the border of this country into a non-entity, freely allowing passage any and all who wish to enter.  If these immigrants were not hispanic and majority Catholic, would these bishops speak with the same force?  Is there not a powerful motivation here of self-interest?  When will the bishops speak on the issue of contraception – something that truly is a Doctrine of the Faith – with equal force?]

As pastors concerned for your welfare, we ask you to consider seriously whether it is advisable to undertake the journey here until after just and humane changes occur in our immigration laws … [???]

As members of the Body of Christ which is the Church, we offer you spiritual nourishment. Feel welcome to Holy Mass, the Eucharist, which nourishes us with the word and the body and blood of Jesus. We offer you catechetical programs for your children and those religious education programs that our diocesan resources allow us to put at your disposal [Soooo…..it’s not advisable to come, but……….look at all this great stuff we have for you if you do come!]

Wow – obviously, these bishops care very deeply about this issue.  I struggle to recall such strong statements with regard to truly Doctrinal issues that are far more in crisis in the Church in this country, as opposed to this primarily prudential issue of immigration laws.  Once again many bishops seem far more comfortable playing at temporal politics than engaging in their far more important prime mission of giving glory to God and saving souls.  I also find it amazing that these bishops do not mention the profoundly negative impacts of immigration, both on this nation and on the nations and families these immigrants leave behind.  These impacts include enormous costs to government to provide services to those who often pay no taxes (and who desire not to pay taxes – many immigrants choose not to follow the path of naturalization because there are economic benefits for them not to do so), in terms of great wage depression for native born citizens and legal immigrants, the unjustness of amnesty as a remedy in terms of those who have obeyed the law to come here, the re-emergence of diseases long extinguished in this nation – like tuberculosis – due to this enormous, uncontrolled influx of peoples – the list is endless.  None of this is mentioned, the illegal immigrants are above portrayed as models of virtue, their law breaking conveniently swept under the rug, proletarian heroes struggling and suffering under the cruel whip of their capitalist overlords.  The terrible, horrific crimes often perpetrated by immigrants get no mention, the environmental destruction they have wreaked particularly in Arizona but in many other locales is ignored – the entire document is nothing but shameless pandering.  I get a strong whiff of “liberation theology” from this document.

This document purports to be from all the hispanic bishops or bishops emerita of this country, but I note that Bishop Rene Gracida did not sign.  That alone says a great deal. 

Buy a Bible – help provide an abortion! December 13, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Of all the………….Susan G. Komen, that “breast cancer awareness” organization that is wedded at the hip to Planned Barrenhood, has produced what is perhaps their most ghastly PR stunt yet.  You can now purchase a Susan G. Komen “Here’s Hope Breast Cancer Bible” in their signature pink, with 5% of the proceeds of each sale going to Komen.  Since Komen donates constantly to Planned Barrenhood, buying a Bible can now help keep abortion on demand available everywhere:

The sign might as well read, “Buy a Bible and support abortion!”

In the latest twist of commercialism invading Christianity, now breast cancer pink has merged with the Word of God. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, who as recently as last week was handing out cash to the nation’s number one abortion provider, makes the latest thematic Bible stand out on retailers’ shelves across the nation. WalMart.com describes it this way:

“The Here’s Hope Breast Cancer Bible is a reminder that God has not forgotten you, a friend, or loved one who has been impacted by breast cancer. Not only will you find encouragement and inspiration through testimonies from breast cancer survivors but more importantly you’ll encounter God’s life-sustaining words for you.”

Of course there’s a big problem with this Bible. While the text of the original canon inside is true [I’d be very careful before making that statement] , approximately 5% the purchase will go to Komen who, last year manages [sic] to give over half a million dollars to the abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to have anything to do with Komen because of their relationship with Planned Parenthood.  There’s something very disturbing about using a Bible to raise “breast cancer awareness,” but the tie-in with Planned Parenthood makes it that much worse.  How sorry.  What a culture we live in, where even what should be sacred is used as a source of revenue.  Sadly, this Bible will likely sell quite well.