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Sunday, January 31, 2010

CBS Rejects Super Bowl Ad from Gay Dating Site
Says ManCrunch spot does not meet network's Standards and Practices rule.
By Claire Atkinson -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/29/2010 5:56:13 PM

Related: CBS Stands Behind Acceptance Of Focus On Family Spot

CBS is saying no to a company offering to pay it $2.5 million for a spot to promote gay dating Website ManCrunch. The network said it has declined the 30-second spot because it did not meet the network's Standards and Practices rules. "After reviewing the ad, which is entirely commercial in nature, our standards and practices department decided not to accept this particular spot," said CBS spokeswoman Shannon Jacobs. "We are always open to working with a client on alternative submissions."

One executive close to the network said CBS's sales department also had issues with ManCrunch's credit worthiness. ManCrunch press reps were not immediately available at time of writing. The ad is viewable on the company's Website and shows two men dressed in football jerseys who brush hands over potato chips before lunging into an embrace. The site's slogan is "Where many many many men come out to play."

The ad comes at a time when gay rights are in the news. The president's State of the Union address touched on the issue of gays in the military.

The company would appear to be one of many making a marketing play with the news of its rejection. The spot on YouTube has already gained 9,000 views. ManCrunch is one of a number of spots that have been rejected by CBS. CBS would not name them, though a spot from Web-hosting servic, was also turned down. has had other spots accepted however. One of the firm's two spots features racing car driver Danica Patrick and is called "Movies."

CBS has drawn fire from abortion rights groups after agreeing to air an ad from Christian organization Focus on the Family that celebrates one mother's decision not to have an abortion. CBS said it had no problem with the spot's upbeat theme, which doesn't explicitly discuss abortion or the pro-life movement.

Unity of the Church
Encycl. Satis cognitum, June 29, 1896
Pope Leo XIII
The twelve Apostles

But if the authority of Peter and his successors is plenary and supreme, it is not to be regarded as the sole authority. For He who made Peter the foundation of the Church also "chose twelve, whom He called apostles" (Luke 6:13); and just as it is necessary that the authority of Peter should be perpetuated in the Roman Pontiff, so, by the fact that the bishops succeed the apostles, they inherit their ordinary power, and thus the episcopal order necessarily belongs to the essential constitution of the Church. Although they do not receive plenary, or universal, or supreme authority, they are not to be looked upon as vicars of the Roman Pontiffs; because they exercise a power really their own, and are most truly called the ordinary pastors of the peoples over whom they rule.
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Israeli Scientists Show DNA Evidence Can be Fabricated
by David Gutierrez, staff writer (NaturalNews)

Scientists from the Tel Aviv, Israel-based company Nucleix have demonstrated that it is possible to create fake DNA samples and plant them as evidence at a crime scene, in a paper published in the journal Forensic Science: International Genetics."You can just engineer a crime scene," said lead researcher and Nucleix co-founder Dan Frumkin. "Any biology undergraduate could perform this."

In addition to having developed a method of fabricating DNA evidence, Nucleix has also developed a method of detecting faked DNA that it plans to sell to forensics labs.

The scientists have developed two different ways to manufacture DNA samples in order to fool law enforcement. The first involves using DNA profiles from law enforcement databases, which record the code at 13 different spots on a person's genome. Using a pooled library of DNA samples from a number of different people, the geneticists were able to physically construct DNA that was identical to a suspect's DNA at those 13 points. It would take only 425 different DNA snippets to be able to construct every possible permutation, the researchers said.

The second method involved collecting actual DNA from the person whose genetic material was to be faked, such as by collecting a strand of their hair or saliva from a cup they had used.

In both cases, the DNA was then reproduced in large quantities using a technique called whole genome amplification. This DNA was inserted into red blood cells, which were then passed off as a real DNA sample.

A normal blood sample would contain both red and white blood cells, and the red blood cells would contain no DNA. In addition to this difference from a normal sample, amplified DNA lacks certain molecules contained by normal DNA. Forensics labs are unlikely to test for either of these anomalies without cause, however."

DNA is a lot easier to plant at a crime scene than fingerprints," said Tania Simoncelli of the American Civil Liberties Union, in response to the study. "We're creating a criminal justice system that is increasingly relying on this technology."

The researchers warned that their techniques could also be used to replicate enough of a person's DNA to carry out genetic testing on them without their consent, thus violating their right to genetic privacy.

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Thanks to Brother Amatus for this story!

Straight out of the twilight zone:

Priest checks fingerprints for mass attendance
Reuters January 30, 2010, 3:46 am

WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish priest has installed an electronic reader in his church for schoolchildren to leave their fingerprints in order to monitor their attendance at mass, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily said on Friday.
The pupils will mark their fingerprints every time they go to church over three years and if they attend 200 masses they will be freed from the obligation of having to pass an exam prior to their confirmation, the paper said.
The pupils in the southern town of Gryfow Slaski told the daily they liked the idea and also the priest, Grzegorz Sowa, who invented it.
"This is comfortable. We don't have to stand in a line to get the priest's signature (confirming our presence at the mass) in our confirmation notebooks," said one pupil, who gave her name as Karolina.
Poland is perhaps the most devoutly Roman Catholic country in Europe today and churches are regularly packed on Sundays.(Reporting by Kuba Jaworowski, editing by Paul Casciato)

Holocaust-denying bishop to face charges in German court

Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Williamson doesn't believe the Nazis used gas chambers to exterminate Jews
Catholic bishop Richard Williamson has been charged with inciting racial hatred, after downplaying the extent of the Holocaust in an interview on German soil.

A Regensburg court on Wednesday summoned Catholic bishop Richard Williamson to face trial for inciting racial hatred. The charge was sufficiently minor that the Briton would not be obliged to attend the hearing, which is set for April 16.
Initially the court fined Williamson 12,000 euros ($16,900) for an interview he gave to a Swedish television station - filmed near Regensburg in Bavaria - in which he said he believed between 200,000 and 300,000 Jews were killed in Nazi concentration camps, and none of them in gas chambers.
Williamson appealed against the fine, which is why the case will come to trial. Denying the Holocaust is a criminal offence in Germany.
"The trial will begin at 0900 on April 16 here in Regensburg and should last one day," court spokesman Robert Frick told Deutsche Welle. "Three witnesses, journalists from Sweden who interviewed Bishop Williamson, have been asked to take the stand."
The fine already issued against Williamson could be changed at trial, or he could be acquitted, but a jail sentence was not expected.
Williamson's lawyer, Matthias Lossmann, told Deutsche Welle that the bishop had appealed the fine, because he had tried to ensure that his comments would never be seen or heard in Germany.
"In the online version of the video, you can see him tell the interviewer he is aware that his statements would contravene German law and asks him to make sure the video is not published in Germany," Lossmann said.
'No gas chambers
'In the controversial interview, Williamson said: "I believe that the historical evidence is hugely against six million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler."
"I believe there were no gas chambers. As far as I have studied the evidence, I think the most serious 'revisionists' conclude that between 200,000 and 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but not one of them in gas chambers," he added.
Williamson claimed that the Nazi concentration camps were not technologically advanced enough to safely carry out mass extermination with cyanide gas.
The case prompted a rare reaction on religious affairs from Chancellor Angela Merkel last year, when she called on Pope Benedikt XVI to clarify that "there can be no denial" the Nazis killed six million Jews during their reign.
Williamson is a member of the conservative Saint Pius X Society of Catholics and was excommunicated by Pope Jean Paul II. His successor, Pope Benedikt XVI, was criticized for reinstating Williamson and three other bishops from the Saint Pius X Society last year.
Editor: Nancy Isenson

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Drug Ellaone Billed as Better Morning After Pill,
But It Causes Abortions

Washington, DC ( -- Abortion advocates are pushing a new drug that they say is an expanded morning after pill, or emergency contraception. However, pro-life doctors and advocates say Ellaone, also known as Ulipristal, works as an abortion drug and not an agent that prevents conception.

The morning after pill, or Plan B drug, has been around for years and can either prevent fertilization from occurring or can sometimes act as an abortifacient by killing the unique human being fertilization develops.

Ellaone is different -- instead of working hours or just a couple of days after sexual relations take place as the morning after pill does, it can be used up to five days afterwards.

The drug is becoming popular in Europe and abortion advocates there are pushing it as a better version of the morning after pill.

Ann Furedi, from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service abortion business in the UK, tells the London Daily Mail, "This new type of emergency contraceptive pill is exciting news."

But Josephine Quintavalle, of the Pro-Life Alliance, says Ellaone is not an emergency contraception because it causes an abortion rather than preventing pregnancy.

"If you take a morning-after pill within 24 hours, there is always the argument that the sperm may not have fertilized the egg by then, meaning pregnancy has not yet happened," she told the newspaper. "But if this pill works for five days there is no argument. This is not a contraceptive, it is an abortive agent." Full story at

Her Doctrine and Morals
Septuagesima Sunday
31 January 2010

Dear Friend,

"Is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thy eye evil because I am good? . . . For many are called but few are chosen."

How basic and simple is the concept of fairness, but yet how completely misunderstood. A first glance the parable in today's Gospel would leave just about everyone thinking the same way as the weary workers who bore the burden and heat of the day. And this is probably the very reason that Our Lord presented the parable in this way. He is trying to get us to realize how clouded and confused our judgments truly are.

Most of us have developed and maintained the idea that fair means equal. But reality shows us that equal in this life is very seldom fair. This false concept of equality has done much to undermine and destroy morality and right order.

All the world around us has gradually but surely adopted a Communistic or Socialistic idea of equality. The false concept of equality of the sexes is one of the more glaring abuses facing us in today's society. Any objective and honest person can look at a man and woman side by side and see that they are not equal.

Men and women may be equal in the fact that they both have immortal souls and are created in the image of God, but when considering physical attributes it becomes obvious that they are not equal. They do not have equal body structure, strength, thoughts, interests, desires, etc. Regardless of how they adopt a "uni-sex" form of dress or adornment, they are still quite different. God did not intend nor did He create us as simple carbon copies.

And if we are not equal then it is only logical that we not try to treat everyone equal. To do so would be most unfair and unjust.

And with this in mind we can begin to see the injustice and immorality of the anti-culture that has invaded our societies. We witness the emasculation of men and de-femination of women. Both are an insult to God, the creator of both male and female. It is an attempt to claim that God does not know what He is doing, or that He made a mistake. What blasphemy!

Instead of recognizing our created differences and thanking Him by developing and putting to good use the unique talents that He has given us, we attempt to destroy all uniqueness and establish a most boring and monotonous uniformity. Our "society" is attempting to have us all live identically as objects coming out of the factory door: each one as nearly identical as can be.

God rewarded them equally even though they had not all labored equally. This at first appears to be an injustice. But, then we are called upon to examine the situation a little more carefully.
The man who worked all the day long, had agreed upon the day's wage. It was a fair and just wage for the day's work. It was what the man needed for the support of himself and his family. So we see that this man was not cheated in any way.

The man who worked the least part of the day could have justly been given a part of a day's wage rather than the entire day's wage, but the master (God) knew that this man too needed a full day's wage to support himself and his family. And so, this master (God) opted to be generous to this poor man who did not have the benefit of receiving the ability to give a full day's labor.

No one was cheated, and no one was unfairly treated so why the jealousy? If God choose to give this one more and that one less, and He is always just, then why do we feel hurt or slighted? Is it not because of our greed? Therefore, is it not we that are evil rather than God?

God has called upon each of us to be ministers of the things He has given us. And as ministers we should be fair to all but, generous or charitable to those who are most in need. We must each do what we can within our abilities to assist each other, not overly concerned with mathematical "equity", but motivated by love, goodness, and generosity. This everyone has been called to, but there are few who take it up. Hence: "Many are called but few are chosen."
Are they nuts????

Catholic Charities to give syringes to drug users
Church agency's needle exchange aims to cut disease risk
By PAUL GRONDAHL, Staff writer

ALBANY-- After 20 years of alleviating suffering for people touched by AIDS, Catholic Charities will take one of its boldest steps yet on Monday: passing out free syringes to IV drug users in two urban neighborhoods to prevent the spread of the disease.

Anticipating criticism, the social services agency of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany spent five years planning and vetting the needle exchange program, which received approval from its trustees and board chairman, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard.Read more:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Monday, January 25, 2010

All the gifts and graces that we receive from God are dispensed by the hands of Mary. They are given to whom she pleases, when she pleases, and as she pleases.
St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444AD)

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. (Matthew 8:8)

Audio Sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Ephiphany

Given by Bishop Giles, OFM

Audio Sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Ephiphany

Given by Brother Bonaventure, OFM

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thanks to Joyce for this story:
Pope Benedict XVI to priests: Go forth and blog
Associated Press
Posted: 01/23/2010 08:45:02 AM PST
Updated: 01/23/2010 08:45:02 AM PST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has a new commandment for priests struggling to get their message across: Go forth and blog.
The pope, whose own presence on the Web has heavily grown in recent years, urged priests on Saturday to use all multimedia tools at their disposal to preach the Gospel and engage in dialogue with people of other religions and cultures.
And just using e-mail or surfing the Web is often not enough: Priests should use cutting-edge technologies to express themselves and lead their communities, Benedict said in a message released by the Vatican.
"The spread of multimedia communications and its rich 'menu of options' might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web," but priests are "challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources," he said.
The message, prepared for the World Day of Communications, suggests such possibilities as images, videos, animated features, blogs, and Web sites.
Benedict said young priests should become familiar with new media while still in seminary, though he stressed that the use of new technologies must reflect theological and spiritual principles.
"Priests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart, their closeness to Christ," he said.
The 82-year-old pope has often been wary of new media, warning about what he
has called the tendency of entertainment media, in particular, to trivialize sex and promote violence, while lamenting that the endless stream of news can make people insensitive to tragedies.
But Benedict has also praised new ways of communicating as a "gift to humanity" when used to foster friendship and understanding.
The Vatican has tried hard to keep up to speed with the rapidly changing field.
Last year it opened a YouTube channel as well as a portal dedicated to the pope. The Pope2You site gives news on the pontiff's trips and speeches and features a Facebook application that allows users to send postcards with photos of Benedict and excerpts from his messages to their friends.
Many priests and top prelates already interact with the faithful online. One of Benedict's advisers, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the archbishop of Naples, has his own Facebook profile and so does Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles.
In Saturday's message — titled "The priest and pastoral ministry in a digital world: new media at the service of the Word" — Benedict urged special care in contacts with other cultures and beliefs.
A presence on the Web, "precisely because it brings us into contact with the followers of other religions, nonbelievers and people of every culture, requires sensitivity to those who do not believe, the disheartened and those who have a deep, unarticulated desire for enduring truth and the absolute," he said.
Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli, who heads the Vatican's social communications office, said that Benedict's words aimed to encourage reflection in the church on the positive uses of new media.
"That doesn't mean that (every priest) must open a blog or a Web site. It means that the church and the faithful must engage in this ministry in a digital world," Celli told reporters. "At some point, a balance will be found."
Celli, 68, said that young priests would have no trouble following the pope's message, but, he joked, "those who have a certain age will struggle a bit more."
You just can't make this stuff up!!!!
New York archbishop hosts rabbis on day of pope's synagogue

NEW YORK (CNS) -- As Pope Benedict XVI visited Rome's main synagogue Jan. 17, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York hosted a kosher buffet luncheon for 14 Jewish leaders at his residence. Archbishop Dolan said, "You can never exaggerate the importance of hospitality." Describing the invitation to Catholic News Service, he said, "Hospitality is a high virtue for my Jewish brothers and sisters. Hospitality is a big virtue for Christians. "Jewish Scripture tells us that Abraham entertained God without knowing it because he was so gracious to guests," the archbishop continued, "so I figured, look, the chief rabbi of Rome, Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, is offering hospitality to the bishop of Rome, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, so darn it, why don't I offer hospitality to my Jewish colleagues?" Father James Massa, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, called the pope's visit to Rome's synagogue "a historic moment in Catholic-Jewish relations."

Children missing from Haiti hospitals: UNICEF

By Peter Capella, Agence France-PresseJanuary 22, 2010

Children have gone missing from hospitals in Haiti since the devastating earthquake struck, raising fears of trafficking for adoption abroad, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday...

Isn't it odd that the US media is virtually silent on this issue.

I would start by checking those Israeli tent hospitals - Israel is the capital of the worldwide sex trade and has also admitted to stealing organs from people - after all they are just goy!

Her Doctrine and Morals
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
24 January 2010

Dear Friend,

"Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word and my servant shall be healed."

As wonderful and amazing as the miracles are that Christ performed in today's Gospel, they seem to pale in comparison to the humility and faith expressed by the centurion. Even Christ tells us that He has not found such great faith in Israel. And Our Holy Mother the Church places these words on our lips at every Mass right before we receive Our Lord into our bodies in Holy Communion.

Though we are made in the image and likeness of God and raised to the state of innocence and justice through sanctifying grace, still we must strike our breasts and admit that we are not worthy. For how can a creature no matter how perfect ever be worthy to receive Our Lord?

But, who of us can claim such perfection? And so we even more so must acknowledge that we are unworthy and adopt an even more humble attitude.

This infinite gulf between us and God can only be closed through the mercy of God and this mercy is brought about by profound humility.

Humility is truth. And it is very important that we understand this, because there is much false or apparent humility in the world.

Let us consider some very important truths today: Though we have been created in the image and likeness of God and have been destined by Him to enjoy an eternal happiness with Him in Heaven, we are not therefore gods and in truth there is an infinite distance between the Creator and the creature _ no matter how perfect he may be.

Next let us consider the state of man since the first fall. When we fell from the state of grace we fell beneath our calling and dignity. We became less than we were. We became less human and more animalistic. But, even this is not fair to the animals, because they follow their lives and duties faithfully. They live as God intended them to live. Man therefore has placed himself far beneath the animals that obey God because man with that most precious gift of his free will has chosen to use his gift to rebel and disobey not only his Benefactor but his Creator as well.

This has become the state of soul of mankind since the fall of Adam. This is what our sins have done to us. And as long as we remain in sin we are less than brute animals. And we read in the Psalms "I am a worm and no man". This is what our sins have done to us. This is the state of our souls while deprived of sanctifying grace.

And we see these very words attributed to Our Lord as He bore the sins of men in His suffering and death upon the Cross. As He took our sins upon Himself, He is more and more disfigured. He is treated less and less like a man. He is treated even worse than brute animals. And perhaps we even treat worms better than this today.

So with the profoundest truth we can say in all humility that we are not true men and are therefore most unworthy that God should honor us with His graces, much less so with His very presence.
But, this in no way implies that we should deny the station in life that God has given us. Fathers, must live and act as fathers, and children must live and act as children. It is not truth to deny the graces, talents, and gifts that God has given us. This is false humility. We can still exercise the authority, talents and gifts that God has given us and remain humble.

And the profound humility in acknowledging our unworthiness does not lead us to despair but to greater hope. "Only say the word and my soul shall be healed". It is as easy as can be for God to say the word and lift us from the status of a worm to that of a true man. He can lift us from the terrible degradation that we have brought upon ourselves to the heights of union with Him. But if we refuse to acknowledge our lowliness and depravity, we will never ask to be healed. And if we never ask to be lifted out of our depraved condition we never will be lifted out. Ask and you will receive. The reason you have not received is that you have not asked. And perhaps the reason most have not asked is that they have never recognized or acknowledged the miserable state they are in.

Let us turn to the centurion in today's Gospel and learn true humility and faith so that we will not only repeat his words: "I am not worthy" but also that we may receive the consoling words from Our Lord's mouth: "as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee."

Thursday, January 21, 2010


"...unite with Jesus in the prayer which He offered to His heavenly Father on behalf of all mankind, contemplate in succession the five wounds, which are, as Saint Bonaventure says, "so many places of refuge, so many voices raised in supplication, to intercede for us," and at each one ask some particular grace or favor.
At the wound of the right hand: Pray for the Sovereign Pontiff, and for those bishops, priests, and missionaries who labor under his direction for the salvation of souls, that their zealous exertions may be crowned with the fullest success.
At the wound of the left hand: Pray for the conversion of heathens, Jews, heretics, and schismatics, and for the return to God of all bad Christians who are in league with hell against Jesus Christ and His holy Church.
At the wound of the right foot: Pray for the members of your family, beginning with those most closely connected by affinity; for your benefactors and friends; and likewise, as Christ ordains, for your enemies.
At the wound of the left foot: Pray for the souls in Purgatory, particularly those who have most claims on your charity.
At the wound of the heart of Jesus: Pray for yourself; place in that heart, burning with love all your cares,troubles, fears, hopes, and desires.
By adopting the habit of thus offering your petitions in a certain order, corresponding with the five wounds of Our Divine Lord, you will always be able, in a few moments, and without effort, to offer a universal prayer, pleasing to God and most beneficial to your neighbor and yourself.
*Method of Hearing Mass taken from Practical Meditations Vol 1 by Fr. Bruno Vercruysse, SJ
Published 1875.
The above painting is St. Paul of the Cross

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

After Stealing Palestinian Organs, Now It’s Haiti’s Turn

While media reports from Haiti expressed amazement at Israel's well-equipped medical delegation to the quake-stricken nation, some critics have warned against organ theft. The Israeli medical team dispatched to Haiti has set up a field hospital in the tremor-battered Caribbean country, winning Western media praise for doing what even their American peers have not yet managed to accomplish.

But a video posted on Youtube by an American resident of Seattle, Washington on Tuesday took the shine off the Israeli professionalism that media have raved about in the past few days.

An American resident of Seattle, Washington, uploaded a video to YouTube on Tuesday accusing soldiers in the Israeli delegation to the earthquake site in Haiti of being involved in stealing organs from their patients...

Son of a wealthy Roman family. Educated in Milan. Officer of the Imperial Roman army, and captain of the guard. Favorite of Diocletian. During Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians, Sebastian visited them in prison, bringing supplies and comfort. Reported to have healed the wife of a brother soldier by making the Sign of the Cross over her. Converted soldiers and a governor to Christianity.
Charged as a
Christian, Sebastian was tied to a tree, shot with arrows, and left for dead. He survived, and with the help of Saint Irene, recovered, and returned to preach to Diocletian. The emperor then had him beaten to death.
During the
14th century, the random nature of infection with the Black Death caused people to liken the plague to their villages being shot by an army of nature’s archers. In desperation, they prayed for the intercession of a saint associated with archers, and Saint Sebastian became associated with the plague.
Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military

This is one heck of a fifth column! Remember what the Jews did when they controlled enough of the Russian Military between 1917 and 1935?
"Just as you can look out over a single city at night and imagine the hideous amount of sin that goes on in it, so you can look out over the world and realize the dazzling amount of holiness there is in it! A single Mass outweighs the evil of all time. One saint can out weigh a thousand, a hundred thousand, aye, even a million sinners. One soul that lives "in Christ Jesus" blinds the eye of God, as it were, to filth greater than Sodom's or ten thousand Gomorrhas. Sanctity is but another name for God; it spells Christ with different letters; it is the one real, positive power in the world. Sin and evil are negative; they have no true force. Especially since Christ died and His Mother held Him a corpse in her arms."

**God, A Woman, and the Way" by Rev. Fr. Raymond, O.C.S.O.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Monday, January 18, 2010

Michael Scheuer a former CIA Director speaks some truth about Israel on CSPAN and the Jews are really ticked off!

Blatantly Anti-Semitic Exchange on C-Span

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

( A caller on a C-Span interview program Monday complained about "all these Jews" having "way too much power" in America and pushing the U.S. into wars with the Muslim world. He found his comments echoed and expanded upon by the studio guest.
I, for one, am sick and tired of all these Jews coming on C-Span and other stations and pushing us to go to war....

Michael Scheuer, the former director of a CIA unit assigned to track down Osama Bin-Laden, calmly expressed the view that American soldiers are now dying in Iraq for the sake of Israelis. He further claimed that any debate of American support for Israel is squelched in the public sphere.

The interviewer for C-Span's Washington Journal program did not react to the blatantly anti-Semitic exchange. Several other callers praised Scheuer for his position regarding Israel, adding their own condemnation of the Jewish State and its supporters.

An excerpt of the initial discussion follows:

John (on the phone from Franklin, New York): "Good morning. I, for one, am sick and tired of all these Jews coming on C-Span and other stations and pushing us to go to war against our Muslim friends. They're willing to spend the last drop of American blood and treasure to get their way in the world. They have way too much power in this country. People like Wolfowitz and Feith and the other neo-cons - that Jewed us into Iraq - and now we're going to spend the next 60 years rehabilitating our soldiers. I'm sick and tired of it."

C-SPAN host (to Scheuer): "Any comments?"

Scheuer: "Yeah. I think that of course American foreign policy is eventually up to the American people. One of the big things we have not been able to discuss for the past 30 years is our policy towards the Israelis. Whether we want to be involved in fighting Israel's wars in the future is something that Americans should be able to talk about. They may vote yes. They may want to see their kids killed in Iraq or Yemen or somewhere else to protect Israel. But the question is: we need to talk about it. Ultimately, Israel is a country that is of no particular worth to the United States."

C-SPAN host: "You mean strategically?"

Scheuer: "Strategically. They have no resources we need. Their manpower is minimal. Their association with us is a negative for the United States. Now that's a fact. What you want to do about that fact is entirely different. But for anyone to stand up in the United States and say that our support for Israel doesn't hurt us in the Muslim world, or our support for Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship doesn't hurt us, is to just defy reality."

The pope in Rome's synagogue: Praise the Lord for the gift of coming together
In an emotionally charged atmosphere of brotherhood, Benedict XVI met with the Jewish community of Rome.
A tribute to the victims of the Shoah and terrorism.
Only a slight hint of controversy about Pius XII. T
he urgent need to work and witness together the Ten Commandments, "a 'great code' of ethics for all humanity.
Rome (AsiaNews) - Benedict XVI's visit to the Jewish community of Rome was held in an atmosphere of brotherhood and emotion. In his speech before the community gathered in the synagogue, the pope emphasized that "the most authentic spiritual attitude to experience this special and happy moment of grace [is] to praise the Lord .... for granting us this opportunity to come together to strengthen the bonds which unite us. "

In the days preceding the visit, there was strong debate within the Italian Jewish community on whether or not attend the meeting with the pope. The controversy is linked to the figure of Pius XII, for whom Benedict XVI has approved the "heroic virtues" opening the door to his beatification. For many Jews, Pacelli is accused of remaining "silent" in front of the Nazi extermination. The Vatican at the time stated that recognizing the heroic virtues of Pope does not include historical analysis on the life of Pius XII, which will only become possible with increased historical acquisitions. Because of differences in opinion, some Italian rabbis decided not to attend today's meeting with the pontiff.

This controversy was given some evidence in the speeches today, mostly in that of Riccardo Pacifici, president of the Jewish community of Rome, who, while thanking the many Catholics who helped Jews during the murder, described the silence of Pius XII as "too painful".
Riccardo di Segni, Chief Rabbi of Rome, was more discreet and remembering the victims of the Holocaust, said that "the silence of God" is an incomprehensible mystery", but "the silence of men" is something that must be judged.
Benedict XVI’s speech did not give way to controversy, he spoke of "many remained indifferent, but many, including Italian Catholics, sustained by their faith and by Christian teaching, reacted with courage, often at risk of their lives, opening their arms to assist the Jewish fugitives who were being hunted down, and earning perennial gratitude". He added: "Even the Apostolic See itself provided assistance, often in a hidden and discreet way”. The Pope arrived around 16.30 (Rome time) in the area which once the Jewish ghetto was located and where today the synagogue stands, known as the Great Temple. First he honoured the plaque, near the Octavian Portico, that commemorates the deportation of 16 October 1943, placing a wreath in tribute to victims of the Holocaust.

In his speech at the synagogue, the pope said that "The singular and deeply disturbing drama of the Shoah represents, as it were, the most extreme point on the path of hatred that begins when man forgets his Creator and places himself at the centre of the universe”. Recalling his visit on May 28, 2006 to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, he added: " the rulers of the Third Reich wanted to crush the entire Jewish people”, and, essentially, “by wiping out this people, they intended to kill the God who called Abraham, who spoke on Sinai and laid down principles to serve as a guide for mankind, principles that remain eternally valid”.
Walking towards the synagogue, Benedict XVI met with the former chief rabbi of Rome, Elio Toaff, now in his nineties, who welcomed Pope John Paul II during his first visit to the synagogue in Rome on 13 April 1986. The pontiff then stopped at another plaque, which commemorates the bombing of 9 October 1982 by Palestinian terrorists, in which, Stefano Taché, a two year old Jewish child lost his life and dozens of people coming out of the temple after prayers were wounded.

In his speech, Pacifici thanked Benedict XVI as "the first bishop of Rome" to pay homage to the "victims of Palestinian terrorism".

Inside the synagogue, filled to capacity, the meeting began with some songs accompanied by the assembly. Pacifici’s greeting was then followed by discourses from Renzo Gattegna, President of Italian Jewish Communities, and Riccardo di Segni.

Pacifici retraced the achievements and growth of the Jewish community in Rome from 1870 until today; he recalled the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by Palestinian extremists; he evoked "sovereign states" (Iran), who plan the nuclear destruction of the State of Israel; the need to combat terrorism; for dialogue between Jews, Christians and moderate Muslims, turning to several Muslim leaders present in the synagogue.
The chief rabbi, citing examples from the Bible about how to be brothers (Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers ....) pondered how to approach and plan brotherhood between Jews and Christians. He also suggested a number of challenges: the common commitment to the protection of creation and the guarantee of religious freedom around the world. "This meeting - he concluded - must be an example. But friendship and brotherhood should not be exclusive and open to the relationship between Jews, Christians and Muslims. "
Several times, the Jewish representatives cited Pope John Paul II, provoking applause from the Assembly and even a heartfelt standing ovation.

In his address, Benedict XVI wanted to first confirm "the esteem and affection that the Bishop and the Church of Rome, as will the entire Catholic Church, have for this community and Jewish communities around the world." He recalled past wounds and of anti-Semitism, to which Christians have also contributed, but also emphasized the teaching of Vatican II and openings now the active desire to create a “People of God of the New Covenant”. "May these wounds - exclaimed the pope - be healed forever." He recalled that the "spiritual closeness and brotherhood" between Christians and Jews are found primarily in the Bible, " their most stable and lasting foundation, which constantly reminds us of our common roots, our history and the rich spiritual patrimony that we share". After this he has listed several areas where cooperation between Jews and Christians is necessary and urgent. This requires helping Christians read the Old Testament with Hebrew eyes and "the centrality of the Ten Commandments as a common ethical message of permanent value for Israel, the Church and non-believers and the whole of humanity."

By starting with the Ten Commandments as "the torch of ethics, hope and dialogue," "a 'great code' of ethics for all humanity", the pontiff has marked several prospects for working together:
1) " Recognize the one Lord, against the temptation to construct other idols, to make golden calves the one Lord, against the temptation to build other idols to be golden calves. In our world, Benedict XVI said, "there are many who do not know God or who consider him superfluous, without relevance for their lives; hence, other new gods have been fabricated to whom man bows down. Reawakening in our society openness to the transcendent dimension, witnessing to the one God, is a precious service which Jews and Christians can offer together"
2) protect life "to protect it against every injustice and abuse, recognizing the worth of each human person, created in the image and likeness of God." "How often - said the pope - in every part of the world, near and far, the dignity, the freedom and the rights of human beings are trampled upon.

3) "to preserve and to promote the sanctity of the family, in which the personal and reciprocal, faithful and definitive “Yes” of man and woman makes room for the future, for the authentic humanity of each, and makes them open, at the same time, to the gift of new life. "
"Christians and Jews - added the pontiff - share to a great extent a common spiritual patrimony, they pray to the same Lord, they have the same roots, and yet they often remain unknown to each other." A higher relationship between these two traditions will bring the light of God "closer to enlighten all the peoples of the earth."

He concluded on a note of universal tone: "I beg from the Lord the precious gift of peace in the world, above all in the Holy Land. During my pilgrimage there last May, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, I prayed to Him who can do all things, asking: “Send your peace upon this Holy Land, upon the Middle East, upon the entire human family; stir the hearts of those who call upon your name, to walk humbly in the path of justice and compassion"

Audio Sermon for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Given by Bishop Giles, OFM
Audio Sermon for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Given by Bishop Giles, OFM

Friday, January 15, 2010


We have a new web page up:

We have a few pictures up to celebrate our 30th anniversary.
I hope that you will enjoy and benefit from our newest presence on the web.
May God bless you.

+Bishop Giles OFM

Her Doctrine and Morals
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
17 January 2010

Dear Friend,

Our Lord's first public miracle was performed to honor the sacrament of Marriage. He blessed this union not only by His presence, but also with a miracle and His grace.

Christ has given His gifts not only to honor the marriage contract but to elevate it to the status of a sacrament. And to the end of time all those who receive the sacrament in accord with laws of the Church (God's laws) receive these blessings and graces from God.

As I write these words I am too well aware of the countless marriages that have failed to live up to the ideal. And all too often we refuse to accept any responsibility for this failure. We want to believe in a "no fault" failure, but such an attitude leads us to actually blame God for the failure.

After all it was God who brought the couple together and it is He that has joined them together. And if it has not worked out, then it must be because He did not give us what we needed to make it all work out.

But, such an attitude is ludicrous, if not blasphemous. The graces are available, the miracles are available, the happiness is all available. God over abundantly provides more than is necessary. God is a God of goodness and bounty, and He is extremely generous.

The problems with many marriages rest upon the shoulders of the husband and wife. The graces are abused, denied, or outright rejected. All too many enter this holy sacrament with completely hedonistic ideas and plans. And when their hedonistic plans are frustrated they want to dissolve the sacrament and try again with someone else.

The obvious question then is: How can we obtain the pleasures and happiness that God wishes us to have in the marriage state?

The answer appears a little counter-intuitive to most of the world, and perhaps this is why it is so seldom followed. In order to enjoy pleasure we must be willing to endure suffering and pain; and in order to enjoy happiness we must be willing to endure sadness. Jesus points this out very clearly when He commands us to take up our crosses and follow Him and then promises us that He will make our cross light and sweet and that we will find rest for our souls.

The husband and wife must each die to themselves so that they can live for each other. They must each be ready, willing, and able to sacrifice themselves and their temporal happiness and pleasures for the sake of the other. And once this is put into practice we find a wonderful transformation takes place. In sacrificing our own wills and desires for another, we find more peace and pleasure than we would have in doing our own will. "It is in giving that we receive".
This denial of ourselves is not just for one another, but must extend to God. God is an integral part of every good marriage. Husband and wife not only sacrifice themselves for the love of each other, but most importantly they sacrifice themselves to each other for the love of God. They must practice and develop true humility.

No matter how mismatched a pair may be, if they truly cooperate with the grace of God they can receive enough graces to not only enjoy a peaceful union here on earth but most importantly they can merit their own eternal happiness with God in heaven.

They key is in accepting our burdens and crosses willingly and cheerfully for the love of God and our spouse.

And to ensure this self-sacrificing attitude God often gives us children to elicit this love and willingness to suffer for the good of others. Children are created lovable (especially to their parents) and quite naturally without any forethought parents begin to do all that they can for the welfare of their children, even at the cost of their own comfort, pleasure, health and even their own lives. This is the love that Jesus has for us as He became man and suffered and died to save us. And in cooperating with the grace of their vocation, parents learn the love that God has for us, and practice this love for their own children.

In this we can see and appreciate the love of God for us and the many graces that He showers upon us in the sacrament of Matrimony. He transforms the bitter waters of pain and sacrifice in to the sweetest and most pleasant wine of joy and consolation.

A pic of my daughter Emily, my new son-in-law Jeff, and Fr. Bernard after their wedding.


Fake Gold Bars in Fort Knox!

A recent discovery -- in October of 2009 -- has been suppressed by the main stream media but has been circulating among the "big money" brokers and financial kingpins and is just now being revealed to the public. It involves the gold in Fort Knox -- the US Treasury gold -- that is the equity of our national wealth. In short, millions (with an "m") of gold bars are fake!

Officials were shocked to learn that the bars were fake. They contained cores of tungsten with only a outer coating of real gold. What's more, these gold bars, containing serial numbers for tracking, originated in the US and had been stored in Fort Knox for years.

GLD ETF Warning, Tungsten Filled Fake Gold Bars

Fake Gold Bars Discovered in HK LBMA Approved Vaults

Fake gold bars in Bank of England and Fort Knox

Fake fears over Ethiopia's gold

I wonder what synagogue all the real gold bars are being hidden in!
I wonder what all the Fox News viewing novus ordo "catholics" who have deluded themselves into think that they are both conservatives and Catholics think about this:

Pope Denounces Failure of Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiations

Sabina Castelfranco Rome 12 January 2010

Pope Benedict XVI focused his annual address to ambassadors accredited to the Vatican on the environment and the protection of creation. He denounced the failure of world leaders to agree to a new climate change treaty in Copenhagen last month...

...Pope Benedict considers safeguarding the environment a moral issue. He has been dubbed the "green pope" for his increasingly vocal concern about protecting the environment. He told the diplomats that in order to cultivate peace, one must protect creation...

Since this environmental movement is really about the spread of communism - he would more appropriately be dubbed the "red pope" - along with his most recent predecessors and comrades!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Abortion Practitioner to Haiti: "Stew in Your Own Juices" for Having High Population
Port-au-Prince, Haiti ( --

The world is in mourning today in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Haiti that initial reports indicate could have left hundreds of thousands of people dead or wounded. Although the nation is getting the world's sympathy, Haiti was once on the receiving end of hatred from an abortion practitioner.

Joyce Tarnow, the owner of an abortion center in Florida, where many Haitian-Americans reside, made some shocking comments to a newspaper two years ago.

Tarnow is an aggressive population control advocate who told the New Times newspaper in July 2004, "I try to get as many people sterilized as are in my way." But, today, she is being recalled as someone whose attitude towards the Haitian people is beyond the pale.

Tarnow told the New Times at the time that she supports population control because America "can't take all the people in the world."

"We need to help nations that can subsist and let others wither on the vine," she said.
She told the newspaper that Haiti, and third-world nations like it with high populations, "has denuded the whole land." Her advice for the country? "Stew in your own juices."
Full story at

Monday, January 11, 2010

Audio Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Family

Given by Bishop Giles, OFM

Audio Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Family

Given by Brother Bonaventure, OFM

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Where Do Jews Come From?

...Enter Shlomo Sand. In a new book, "The Invention of the Jewish People," the Tel Aviv University professor of history argues that large numbers of Khazar Jews migrated westward into Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania, where they played a decisive role in the establishment of Eastern European Jewry. The implications are far-reaching: If the bulk of Eastern European Jews are the descendents of Khazars—not the ancient Israelites—then most Jews have no ancestral links to Palestine. Put differently: If most Jews are not Semites, then what justification is there for a Jewish state in the Middle East?...

People must really be starting to wake up for the Wall Street Journal to report this fact!

Saturday, January 09, 2010


Her Doctrine and Morals
Holy Family
10 January 2010

Dear Friend,

There is much for us to consider in today's feast. But, principally we are asked to focus our attention upon the Holy Family.

The family is a simple primary social unit. The first man (Adam) was seen to need a helpmate so God created a wife for him (Eve) and the two were united together and given the command to bring forth children. And from this point forward mankind has continued this institution.

But, we appear to have made a considerable mess of this simple and necessary institution. We become so self-absorbed that it is difficult if not impossible to create any meaningful or lasting relationship with those around us. And we consequently see the family unit shattered, and the pieces are so fractured that it seems they can never be reunited into any kind of meaningful whole.

We see the unnatural increase of broken families. Statistically there was a large increase in children with only a single parent in the early 1990's. This trend slowed down in the late 1990's and has shown a slight drop as we entered the 2000's. But, as always, statistics never tell us the whole story. It seems good that there is a decline in the number of children living with only a single parent. However, there are several other moral factors that I think should be considered. 1) Are there fewer single parents because more children are murdered in their mother's womb? 2) Are there fewer single parents because more people are frustrating the very act of conception? 3) Or perhaps, more single parents are getting re-married and thus providing two parents? I don't even want to consider the poor children who must suffer with two or more "parents" of the same gender.

The simple primary unit of Father, Mother, Child has been severely undermined. We see about us a complete inversion of all natural order with the advancement of the "uni-sex" mentality. There are no longer any barriers or lines of segregation between the sexes. There are no longer principally male activities or principally female activities, and where some do survive there is a strong movement to undermine them. Hence we see men acting as women and women acting as men. And the poor children that must look to their parents as role models have more and more sexual, or gender identity problems.

For several generations now we see that men have not been men and women have not been women, and so society today has very little concept of what a family should be.

The solution is before us today. Our Holy Mother the Church places before our eyes the Holy Family, the perfect unit. This is the ideal for everyone to model himself after.

Men should look to St. Joseph and see the role model to follow. We see a humble but strong man who is undaunted by the many challenges facing him in caring for and heading his family. He is a just man with strong faith and love for God. He is a man who when told God's will sets about fulfilling it immediately. Consider how promptly he awoke the Holy Family in the middle of the night and headed for Egypt as soon as the angel told him of God's will. This is the love, faith, humility and strength that is lacking in our men today, but is so sorely needed.

Women should look to Mary and see the role model for them to follow. See in her the simple and prompt obedience of her to God and her husband's will. Think of her fiat given to God allowing for the incarnation. Consider her obedience to St. Joseph as he awoke them and began the journey to Egypt in the middle of the night. See her strength in enduring the hardships placed upon her, and yet consider her compassion for others (such as St Elizabeth). We should strive to emulate her virtues of modesty and chastity. What a stark visual contradiction between the dress of the women of today and Mary. What a stark contradiction with her humility and the boldness of today's women.

And last of all because we are all children, we should look upon Jesus. He gives us the perfect ideal. Even though He is wiser and greater than both of His parents we see how He humbly obeys them. We see Him constantly sacrificing His will to their's. God obeying man and woman! "And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and was subject to them." We see a simple and prompt obedience to all those in authority no matter how wrong or unjust they may be. And this is not something for just our children to imitate, but is for us all. But, it is especially important in the matters of our faith. Those who rebel against the authority that God has established not only in the world but even more so in the Church are headed for damnation.

We should all as faithful children answer about our lives as Jesus did: "Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"