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Catholics and Politics

November 11, 2006

It concerns me that, according to the New York Times, 56% of the Catholics who voted in this Novembers elections voted in favor of the Democrat Candidates.   What I am concerned about is, where does the issue of Pro-Life fall in the list of priorities of America’s Catholic population? 

I was raised in a Catholic, Democrat home and fully appreciate what the Democratic party stands for (or stood for in the 50’s – 70’s), and how Woe VS Wade has effected the party deliniations.  Being a Catholic, before all other affiliations, I find it hard to understand how any Catholic can reconsile themselves with the Democratic party with it’s pro-choice stance.   It disturbs me to think that economics, gay rights or foreign policy outweighs the mass murder of millions of innocent babies. 

I have heard the term “Abomination of Desolation”, a term used in the bible that has no direct definition attributed to it, used in reference to the proliferation of crimes being commited against all children, including those murdered by abortion.  I can’t help but believe that this may not be so far off the mark.

I would like to challange all Catholics to examine their priorities before voting in the next election, or any election.  Where does human life place in your list of prioirities.? If you are going to belong to a faith, then live by it. 

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This is Disturbing!!! READ!!!!

July 19, 2006

Here is a little excerpt from the Catholic News Service.  I don’t know how you may feel about it but it disturbes me.  It seems that the Bishop in question cannot prove the apparitions are real and yet cannot disprove them.  If I was on e of the Medjugore visionaries and the visions are truely from Jesus’ mother Mary, I don’t think I could give them up for any one on this earth. 

LONDON (CNS) — The bishop whose diocese includes the Bosnian village of Medjugorje has urged six alleged Marian visionaries to stop claiming that Mary has been visiting them for 25 years.

Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar-Duvno, Bosnia-Herzegovina, said the church “has not accepted, either as supernatural or as Marian, any of the apparitions” said to have been witnessed by a group of people from Medjugorje.

“As the local bishop, I maintain that regarding the events of Medjugorje, on the basis of the investigations and experience gained thus far throughout these last 25 years, the church has not confirmed a single apparition as authentically being the Madonna,” he said. He then called on the alleged visionaries and “those persons behind the messages to demonstrate ecclesiastical obedience and to cease with these public manifestations and messages in this parish.”

“In this fashion they shall show their necessary adherence to the church, by placing neither private apparitions nor private sayings before the official position of the church,” he said.

“Our faith is a serious and responsible matter,” he added. “The church is also a serious and responsible institution.”

The bishop made his comments June 15 during a homily at a confirmation Mass in Medjugorje’s St. James Church. The diocese published the homily in English and Italian July 3.

On June 25, thousands of pilgrims converged on Medjugorje to mark the 25th anniversary of the onset of the alleged apparitions.

Since June 24-25, 1981, the alleged visionaries together claim to have received more than 30,000 messages.

But Bishop Peric said in his homily that “so-called apparitions, messages, secrets and signs do not strengthen the faith, but rather further convince us that in all of this there is nothing either authentic or established as truthful.”

He said in February that Pope Benedict XVI expressed similar doubts when they discussed Medjugorje during the Bosnian bishops’ visit to the Vatican.

Bishop Peric told the congregation that because the church did not accept the claims of the visionaries it was illicit for priests to “express their private views contrary to the official position” during Mass, in acts of popular piety or in the Catholic media.

He said Catholics were forbidden from making pilgrimages to Medjugorje if by such visits “they presuppose the authenticity of the apparitions or if by undertaking them attempt to certify these apparitions.”

Bishop Peric said his views, and those of his predecessor, Bishop Pavao Zanic, who was also opposed to the claims, were supported by the pope. He expressed appreciation to Popes Benedict and John Paul II, “who have always respected the judgments of the bishops of Mostar-Duvno, of the previous as well as the current bishop, regarding the so-called apparitions and messages of Medjugorje, all the while recognizing the Holy Father’s right to give a final decision on these events.”

So,  What do you think about this?