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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Catholics for Obama, Part XVI

President Obama has been invited to give the commencement address at Notre Dame University.

Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin comments (from

"As for Obama speaking at Notre Dame, Bishop Morlino noted that President Obama is not a Catholic, and as President of Notre Dame, he would NOT have invited Obama to speak. But while Obama is not Catholic, he is still bound by the natural law of human reason, a concept that has not only escaped Obama, but the majority of Catholics in the pews who elected him President."

53% of Catholics voted for Obama.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Feast of St. Osburga

Today is also the feast of St. Osburga, abbess in Coventry, England circa 1010 A.D.

Her brother, Hamburga, is the patron Saint of fast food workers; her brother Limburga is the patron saint of cheese makers..

Feast of St. Zosimus


St. Zosimus was made the Bishop of Syracuse in 649AD. The one in Sicily, not the one in New York. He was best known for his care of the poor and his educational efforts. Just like the University!
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Monday, March 23, 2009

The Pope's New Pet


From Yahoo News:
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Pope Benedict XVI greets a group of pygmies from Cameroon's Baka tribe before leaving for Angola March 20, 2009 to start the second leg of his trip to Africa. The pygmies gave the pope a gift of a rare turtle, a traditional sign of respect in their culture. QUALITY FROM SOURCE.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Notre Dame University

President Barack Obama has been selected as the keynote speaker at Notre Dame's graduation. He will also receive an honorary degree.

Does the idea of a Catholic university honoring the most pro-abortion President in history bother you? If it does, go HERE and sign the on-line petition.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Feast of St. Joseph. March 19

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Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted son. Amen

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Catholics for Obama, Part XV

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Barack Obama has nominated David Hamilton for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

From Powerline:

"Hamilton's record as a federal district judge confirms his ultra-liberalism. Recently, he invalidated a law requiring the registration of sex offenders. He also prevented enforcement of an Indiana law that required information and a waiting period before an abortion. The Seventh Circuit (the court to which Hamilton now has been nominated) found that the law in question was materially identical to a law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Casey decision. It noted that no judge in the land, other than Hamilton, has found such a law invalid since Casey was decided. Apparently, Hamilton did not consider himself bound by decisions of the Supreme Court with which he strongly disagreed."

53% of Catholics voted for Obama.

U.S. Beats Puerto Rico in World Baseball Classic


Despite a controversial call by the rightfield umpire.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Catholics for Obama, Part XIV


From C-Fam:

"At a briefing hosted by the United States, a member of the US delegation, Ellen Chesler, stated that it was a specific priority of the US delegation to ensure that “comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights” are included in the document. She added that they are a “fundamental part” of the Beijing Platform for Action of the 1995 UN women’s meeting held in Beijing, China, where countries ultimately rejected attempts to make abortion an international “right.” The idea of sexual rights was rejected at the Beijing conference. Additionally, the term “sexual and reproductive health and rights” has been interpreted by radical feminist NGOs and some governments to include abortion."

At the end of the briefing, an audience member questioned the Obama administration’s support for abortion despite the myriad scientific evidence which shows how detrimental it is to the lives and health of women. Chesler dismissed the woman’s question stating that the evidence is “unreliable because it has ideological elements.”

53% of Catholics voted for Obama.
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Saturday, March 14, 2009


Drawing on data from what sins were confessed during the Roman Catholic sacrament of confession, Monsignor Wojciech Giertych, the personal theologian to Pope Benedict XVI, and Jesuit scholar Roberto Busa found that men and women sin in starkly different ways. Their work recently appeared in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

While the names of sinners and confessors were kept from the two researchers, each priest did categorize each sin confessed as one of the seven deadly sins - lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, anger (or wrath), envy, and pride. The researchers found that the most common sin for women is pride, followed by envy. After that the most dangerous sins for women were, in order, anger, lust, gluttony, avarice, and sloth.

For men the leading sins were lust and gluttony. After those, the most difficult sins for men to face, according to Monsignor Giertych, were sloth, anger, pride, envy and greed in that order.

Feast of St. Matilda, March 14

St. Matilda was married to Henry the Fowler, son of Duke Otto of Saxony. She was also known as Mechtildis and Maud. Henry the Fowler was NOT known as Slim Dusty.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Feast of St. Mochoemoc, March 13

St. Mochoemoc was either the brother or nephew of St. Ita, and also went by the names of Machaemhog, Puicherius, and Vuicherius.

As far as I can tell, he is the only Irish saint who did not know St. Patrick.

It's also the feast of St. Kevoca. Here's what says about him:

"Scottish saint, honored in Kyle, Scotland. but now believed to be St. Mochoemoc. Also called Quivox."

Famous quote from the saint:

"You can call me Mochoemoc, or you can call me Machaemhog, or you can call me Puicherius, or you can call me Vuicherius, or you can call me Kevoca, or you can call me Quivox. Just don't call me late for Mass."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The "Constitution" State?

The State of Connecticut is unhappy with the way the Catholic Church is handling its finances, so has proposed legislation to take oversight away from the Bishop and priests and turn it over to a Diocesan board made up of laity. The Bishop will be an ex-officio (non-voting) member.

They're calling it "An Act Modifying Corporate Laws Relating to Certain Religious Corporations". In this case, the "certain Religious Corporations" is the Catholic Church ONLY.

I haven't followed this too much since the proposal is so blatantly unconstitutional to be laughable.

Interestingly, the State Constitution already regulates the Catholic Church's formation in the state:

"A corporation may be organized in connection with any Roman Catholic Church or congregation in this state, by filing in the office of the Secretary of the State a certificate signed by the archbishop or bishop and the vicar-general of the archdiocese or of the diocese in which such congregation is located and the pastor and two laymen belonging to such congregation, stating that they have so organized for the purposes hereinafter mentioned."
Apparently, there are some in the Connecticut legislation that would like to remove the Bishop from overseeing his own diocese. This from a state which prevented Catholics from owning land until three decades after voting in favor of the U.S. Constitution.

And really...should the Church be taking fiscal advice from a state that is running a BILLION dollar deficit?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Catholics for Obama, Part XIII

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"Washington, DC ( -- In the latest move against the pro-life movement and its desire to protect human life before birth, President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday forcing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research."

And from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: "-Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, today called President Obama's executive order on embryonic stem cell research "a sad victory of politics over science and ethics." Under the order, for the first time in U.S. history, federal tax dollars will be used to encourage researchers to destroy live human embryos for stem cell research."

53% 0f Catholics voted for Obama.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Feast of St. Kieran the Elder, March 5

St. Kieran was a contemporary of St. Patrick, and was converting heathens in Ireland BEFORE St. Patrick got there. He is considered the first Ireland-born St. Elizabeth Anne Seton is to America.

The question is this...did St. Patrick know anyone who was NOT a saint?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Bonus Feast Day for March 3, St. Non

Mother of St. David of Wales, she was also known as Nonnita and Nonna. She may have been married to a Welsh tribal chieftain named Sequitur.

Sorry. That should have read "a Welsh tribal chieftain named Sant."

A missed opportunity.

Feast Day of St. Winwaloc, March 3


A 6th century abbot, also known as Wonnow, Wynwallow, Gwenno, Winwabe, and Winwaloe. He was educated by St. Budoc and had a sister named Creirwe and brothers named Wethonoc and Jacut.

The photo is of St. Winwaloe Church in Gunwalloe.

Bonus St. Patrick tie-in (according to Catholic Online):

"As a young man, it is said that Winwaloe conceived a wish to visit Ireland to see the remains of Saint Patrick, who had just died. However, the saint appeared to him in a dream to say that it would be better to remain in Brittany and found an abbey."

Although not really within my power, I hereby name St. Whatever-His-Name-Is the Patron Saint of Scrabble.
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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Feast Day of St. Leo Luke


This is all the Catholic on-line has to say about him:

"Abbot of a Basilian monastery of Corleone, on Sicily. He spent eight decades as a monk. "

A career path that Fredo would have been wise to choose.
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