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Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia said“Catholics have a duty to respect legitimate authority and pray for our political leaders, whether we personally care for them or not. The Church seeks to cooperate with public officials because we’re a community of citizens as well as believers. “But there are limits, and the more that government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.” 

I would go a bit further than the Archbishop did.  I believe it is our duty to follow our faith.  When civil law or mandates conflict with our faith such as in the case of the HHS mandate we have a duty, a moral obligation, to follow our Faith.  The HHS mandate propagates evil.  As followers of God we are called to combat evil and never cooperate with or advocate evil.  Killing innocent vulnerable life is probably the worst evil (that I can think of).

President Obama talked about religious freedom at the prayer breakfast but yet has his administration go after and try to force The Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religion, violate their faith.  Archbishop Chaput said, “I think President Obama’s recent prayer breakfast comments about religious freedom were interesting but also curious, because in practice, the people who staff his administration have been the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory. There’s a very odd disconnect in praising religious freedom while the Justice Department goes after the Little Sisters of the Poor.

“So yes, religious freedom is one of our core national ideals, and yes, it’s at risk from two sources: an unfriendly political class, and our own distracted attention and indifference.”

In my opinion the disconnect is alarming.  His actions and the actions of his administration do not comport with his words at the prayer breakfast.  Unless his words are an act and is deceiving people.  Kind of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide.

Let us continue to pray for the conversion of souls.  God Bless.

 

 

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Priests who are contracted out to minister to the lay faithful may be arrested if they minister to Catholics in the military during the government shutdown.   Even if a priest volunteers he may be arrested. So if they practice their faith priests could be arrested.  Why the heck should a government shutdown determine whether a priest can say Mass, pray, do weddings and funerals, and hear confessions?  This is clearly a violation of the First Amendment. 

This was brought to my attention by Maggie’s Notebook yesterday.  This is from Maggie’s Notebook: 

Obama still has 129 staffers working directly for him during the shutdown. Biden has 12. Most don’t know how to do the lesser jobs that need doing – like send a news release! And that’s okay, but when it comes to the spiritual needs of our troops, contracted priests have been threatened with arrest if they voluntarily (unpaid) tend to the troop’s spiritual needs. Some Priests are “contracted” due to a “lack” of active-duty Catholic priests, so there is likely a shortage of Protestant pastors as well, although I can’t confirm it. Shutting down the Washington Mall Memorials and Monuments, which can cost nothing to keep open if done properly: post a few signs saying there is no security, you are responsible for your own safety, and ‘hey, please take your trash with you,’ could work. Just as Obama refused to divert funding to the Military during sequester, the goal seems to make those who give the most for their country, the least.

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“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”

According to its website, the Archdiocese for the Military Services “provides the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces.” Read more at The Daily Caller

 

While it is not concrete that the priests will be arrested for practicing their faith the fact that it is a possibility really irks me.

From The Blaze: 

The arrest claim is a bold one — but is it true? Recently, Politico did report that furloughed federal workers could be fired for using their BlackBerry phones during the shutdown. One warning noted that there could be penalties for conducting any work outside of the office during this time.

“Due to legal requirements, working in any way during a period of furlough (even as a volunteer) is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment,”read a recent letter from the House Administration Committee to nonessential employees. “To avoid violating this prohibition, we strongly recommend that you turn your BlackBerrys off for the duration of the furlough.”

Technically, this would translate over to faith leaders as well. As for events that might be scheduled on military bases — baptisms, weddings, etc. — unless a priest who is not contracted is found, Schlageter said that the event would potentially have to be canceled.

From CatholicVote: 

Our government is out of control.

First, it was the World War II veterans who had to break down barriers to see the open air, un-attended memorial erected in their honor.  A memorial which is on public land but is supported – including the National Park Service fee – with private funds. This week there was more security surrounding this memorial — just to keep elderly veterans out — than there was at our embassy in Benghazi the night it was attacked.

And for what? To inflict as much pain as possible through this government shutdown. It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome, and it’s pure political theater.

But now there’s a story just coming to light that takes things even further. According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis.

If they violate this restriction, they face possible arrest. FOR CELEBRATING MASS. 

This shutdown impacts Catholics in the military worldwide. In the DC-metro area, it specifically impacts bases like Quantico. On the Facebook page for the Archdiocese, Catholic military members commenting on the story are not happy. Comments include:

“This is outrageous!!! Especially threatening them with arrest to voluntarily do their job.”

“Unbelievable! I was worried about this because our priest is contracted as well. It is bad enough to be furloughed but to not have a Mass to attend, is a real downer,”

“Just one example, a couple is getting married tomorrow at a large Air Force Base that is staffed by a Contract priest. That priest did all of their marriage prep, and has gotten to know the couple very well over the past few months. But with the shutdown, he cannot perform their wedding. Instead of the priest that the couple has come to know and love, an active duty priest has to be sent in to perform the wedding of two people who are strangers to him and he to them.”

” Is anyone up there going to start a protest?! A rosary ?!?!? A nice Catholic riot maybe?! PLEEEAAASSEEE?! SOMEONE?! ANYONE?! Any real Carholics out there?!!!!???!”

This is outrageous. It is a violation of the First Amendment. It is a prohibition of the free exercise of religion to order priests under penalty of arrest that they cannot volunteer their time to offer Mass to the faithful on base. This cannot be allowed to stand.

CatholicVote has a couple updates on this unconscionable situation.  Our government is indeed out of control. 

 

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Pope Francis has sent a message to the leaders at the G-20 Summit:

“To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution,” the Pope urged. “Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.”

“Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love,” the Pope asked people around the world. “She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children!”

 

Here are some of the Pope’s tweets:

On Monday he tweeted, “War never again! Never again war!” and “How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake.” On Tuesday, he tweeted “We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out!” and “With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons.” Today his social media message was, “With all my strength, I ask each party in the conflict not to close themselves in solely on their own interests. #prayforpeace.”

Let us each take time to pray for peace in Syria and other nations in turmoil.  God Bless.

 

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Is the U.S. going to war with Syria?  If we do war is very ugly.  Should we be going to war and bombing a country when there are no good guys fighting?  There are the rebels on one hand and Assad’s military on the other hand. The choice is between people who are very, very bad and people who are horrible.  Should we be getting mixed up in a Syrian civil war?  Is it really America’s business to get involved?

I don’t think we have any business going to war in Syria.  As much as I am concerned for the welfare of the innocents who aren’t fighting and simply want peace I don’t think the United States government has any standing to get involved in a Syrian civil war.  But Syria is the gateway for Iran attacking Israel.  So maybe limited strikes is the best of bad options in fighting Syria to aid Israel in her defense?  I do think the Catholic Church as well as other churches and Christian missions should get involved.  There has to be a variety of ways that churches and organizations can help Christians and others in Syria who are being persecuted, threatened, and harmed,

Now onto the one good item. Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace on September 7.

“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1.

“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming,” continued the Pope.

“For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced.

It will be “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout world.”

The vigil will take place on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace. Those who can will gather in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. until midnight: other local Churches are requested to join in the fasting and prayer by gathering together.

Prayer is the answer.  God is the answer.  Let us all take time out of our busy schedules on September 7 to pray for peace in Syria and around the globe.  God Bless.
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has verified that they are going to be investigating Planned Parenthood’s use of taxpayer funds.  GAO agreed to this after getting a petition requesting an audit of Planned Parenthood. signed by 72 members of Congress.

From Newsmax: 

In 2010, the GAO released a report that indicated significant discrepancies in Planned Parenthood’s reported spending and funding.

In the Republican-sponsored letter to the GAO, the lawmakers called on the agency to provide an update on how federal funds are being spent by organizations that provide abortion services.

“Planned Parenthood and other organizations who provide abortions are dependent on Uncle Sam, but there is no accounting with what they are actually using the money for,” said Louisiana GOP Sen. David Vitter, who along with Tennessee GOP Rep. Diane Black, is leading the push of an audit. 

Last year, clinics affiliated with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed a record 333,964 abortions and reported a record $1.2 billion in revenue generated, according to a report by Life Decisions International. 

Taxpayer funding of the organization reached $538.5 million last year and accounted for 45.2 percent of Planned Parenthood’s total annual budget in 2011-2012.

Meanwhile, the organization is under renewed scrutiny after its Texas affiliate was forced to pay a $4.3 million at the end of July to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging that the organization fraudulently billed Medicaid over $30 million, according to the Houston Chronicle. 

“Federal and state auditors and investigators have specifically tabbed Planned Parenthood affiliates with at least $12.5 million in waste, abuse and ‘fraudulent overbilling’ of taxpayers. Former Planned Parenthood employees and others allege many millions more,” Casey Mattox, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, said after the settlement. 

The alliance group has filed lawsuits against Planned Parenthood and has produced a report that it claims tracks the organization’s waste. 

It’s about time.  This investigation is way past due.  Citizens should not be funding an abortion provider via taxes.  If persons want to commit murder and support that immoral cesspool then they should do that on their own dime. Not using taxpayer’s money.  And certainly not misusing taxpayer’s funds.  Planned Parenthood needs to be held accountable for fraud or the misuse of taxpayer’s funds.

 

 

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I have been dealing with a bad headache and stomach issues today so I am posting some links to articles and blog posts which I recommend you read.

 

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Ecumenism and Canon Law 

Huelskamp Moves to Protect Conservative Christian Soldier

Obama Administration’s Opposition to Religious Freedom Amendment Demonstrates Complicity in Pentagon’s Religious Speech Scandal  

Ideological Bias Risking The Lives of Young Women 

Pres. Obama Sticks His Nose into Catholic Education in IRELAND 

Immigration Bill Will Reduce Illegals by 25% ONLY Says CBO – They’ll Just Keep Coming 

American Uses Of Natural Resources In Decline 

Obamacare will share personal info with other state and fed agencies 

Backstage At The Muppet Show… 

Government Rakes In More Money From Student Loans Than ExxonMobil 

Ten Greek Words Every Catholic Should Know

Pew Research: Media Coverage Biased 5 to 1 in Favor of Gay Marriage 

 

Ephesians 4:25-27 — Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.

Belva Davis

 

 

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Is there still a “war on terror”?  President Obama has given mixed messages on this.  A couple weeks ago the President declared the “War On Terror” over.   The Obama administration called the shooting at Ft. Hood “workplace violence” even though Hasan yelled Allahu Akbar before going on his shooting rampage at the military base. Nidal Hasan plans to argue that the shooting was in defense of the Taliban. Sound like terrorism, anyone? From the beginning the Obama administration has renamed the “Global War On Terror” Overseas Contingency Operations.  I guess the peace prize president didn’t want to sound warlike. Or something like that.  On the other hand President Obama sent drones overseas to pick off terrorists, among them were four Americans.

Now we have a huge NSA leak which revealed spying on the American people on a massive scale.  Is the guy who leaked this information a traitor or a patriot?  If the spying domestically on this massive scale violates our privacy rights and is unjust then I consider the guy to be a patriot.  Now citizens can have an important conversation as to security versus privacy, and how much of our privacy should we be willing to give up for national security purposes.  If the “war on terror” is over why has Obama doubled down on and expanded Bush’s policies?

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I am so proud of Sen. Rand Paul for standing on principle. In representing the American people he wanted to know whether or not this administration claimed to authorize drone strikes on American soil against the American people, whether they have the right to shoot citizens on American soil. He needed President Obama and/or Eric Holder to clarify but they refused so he filibustered. This was in the context of John Brennan’s nomination so he was filibustering Brennan’s nomination for CIA director. Go Rand Paul!!! I am so happy that my senator from Pa supported Rand Paul. As the hours of Rand Paul’s filibustering continued to pass more senators supported him. Eric Holder finally caved in and gave an answer.  The White House finally responded with saying NO, they don’t have the authority to authorize drone strikes on American soil.

 

Here are some fantastic posts from some awesome patriots:

Lindsay Graham’s Principled vote for Brennan – Would Have Voted Against Him But Rand Paul’s Filibuster Made Him Vote For 

So, These Two Republican Senators Walk Into An Elevator… #StandWithRand 

Senator Rand Paul – Asking Questions No One Wants To Answer 

Vote Tally Count John Brennan for CIA Director

Rand Paul: Standing on Principle! 

From maverick to rump swap: John McCain calls Rand Paul a “wacko bird” 

Newt Gingrich: John McCain’s Criticism of Rand Paul is ‘Sad’ 

 

Here’s some rock n’ roll for your enjoyment from Motor City Times — AC/DC: High Voltage (1975) 

 

 

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Our national debt has reached $16.4 Trillion. I came across this video while surfing the net. I’m pretty sure that this was shown on TV back in 2011. Since there will be another debt ceiling showdown between the Democrats and Republicans soon I figured that it would be an appropriate time to post this video, which has a great explanation on the federal debt crisis in the U.S.

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Rand Paul is prepared to stop President Obama’s gun control plans. He says his gun control plans, especially the ones Obama thinks he can do via executive order, must be stopped.  Rand Paul has come up with legislation – Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act – which would nullify Obama’s executive orders on gun control and preserve the 2nd Amendment.

From Reason.com: 

Paul says his legislation will declare that “Any executive order by President Obama infringing on the Second Amendment rights of all Americans would be declared null and void” and “would prohibit federal funds to implement President Obama’s executive orders impacting the 2nd Amendment.”

 

Talking Points Memo has a more detailed outline of Sen. Rand Paul’s legislation.

 

President Obama has absolutely no authority under the Constitution to use his executive powers to pen an executive order which would infringe upon citizens 2nd Amendment rights.

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