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Prayer Request for Japanese Earthquake Victims

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TOKYO AP – A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japans recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

Authorities said at least 32 people were killed. The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile 2,100-kilometer stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles kilometers from the epicenter.

via News from The Associated Press.

More is yet to come as aftershocks persist and will certainly continue for some time. So as we continue to celebrate this season of Lent let us all take the time to pray those departed and for the survivors of this tragic natural disaster.

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Prayer Request for Japanese Earthquake Victims

Vodpod videos no longer available.

TOKYO AP – A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japans recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

Authorities said at least 32 people were killed. The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile 2,100-kilometer stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles kilometers from the epicenter.

via News from The Associated Press.

More is yet to come as aftershocks persist and will certainly continue for some time. So as we continue to celebrate this season of Lent let us all take the time to pray those departed and for the survivors of this tragic natural disaster.

Ash Wednesday: The First Day of Lent

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Ashes imposed on the forehead of a Christian on Ash Wednesday. Image via Wikipedia.

The time has now come in the Church year for the solemn observance of the great central act of history, the redemption of the human race by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the Roman Rite, the beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the austere symbol of ashes which is used in todays liturgy. The use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance. The Alleluia and the Gloria are suppressed until Easter.Abstinence from eating meat is to be observed on all Fridays during Lent. This applies to all persons 14 and older. The law of fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday applies to all Catholics from age 18 through age 59.

via Catholic Culture : Liturgical Year.


My Lenten Journey

In an effort of being open and honest, I would like to inform those who read my blog that I will be fasting from one of my most favorite things this Lent. That is blogging itself. Aside from this post, I will be limiting myself to no more than one post per week – if absolutely necessary, such as an important story, etc.

The internet and blogging for me, at times, can be quite a distraction. There are moments when I feel that I focus on the things of the passing digital age rather than more on God, my family and work. So in order to follow Our Lord the best way I know how, blogging and the internet must be severely limited. There are of course other things I seek to do in order to balance this sacrifice with a gift. In that, again, I turn to Our Lord and I seek to increase my daily Mass attendance to…daily…Mass attendance and being what I like to call “radiation therapy” – making a consistent Eucharistic Holy Hour at least once per week.

I pray brethren that you intercede for me in both matters; that I may be successful in both of these endeavors for the Glory of God in Heaven.


Daily Scripture Readings

First Reading Joel 2:12-18

Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion! proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the people, notify the congregation; Assemble the elders, gather the children and the infants at the breast; Let the bridegroom quit his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the porch and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep, And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people, and make not your heritage a reproach, with the nations ruling over them! Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’

Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land and took pity on his people.


Responsorial Psalm Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17

R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.


Second Reading 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2

Brothers and sisters:

We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

For he says:

In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.

Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.


Gospel Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”


Ash Wednesday

At the beginning of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, ashes are blessed during Mass, after the homily. The blessed ashes are then “imposed” on the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality. The ashes are blessed at least during the first Mass of the day, but they may also be imposed during all the Masses of the day, after the homily, and even outside the time of Mass to meet the needs of the faithful. Priests or deacons normally impart this sacramental, but instituted acolytes, other extraordinary ministers or designated lay people may be delegated to impart ashes, if the bishop judges that this is necessary. The ashes are made from the palms used at the previous Passion Sunday ceremonies.

— Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year, Msgr. Peter J. Elliott

The act of putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent.

— Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

From the very early times the commemoration of the approach of Christ’s passion and death was observed by a period of self-denial. St. Athanasius in the year 339 enjoined upon the people of Alexandria the 40 days’ fast he saw practiced in Rome and elsewhere, “to the end that while all the world is fasting, we who are in Egypt should not become a laughing stock as the only people who do not fast but take our pleasure in those days.” On Ash Wednesday in the early days, the Pope went barefoot to St. Sabina’s in Rome “to begin with holy fasts the exercises of Christian warfare, that as we do battle with the spirits of evil, we may be protected by the help of self-denial.”

— Daily Missal of the Mystical Body

Things to Do:

  • Go with your family to receive ashes at Mass today. Leave them on your forehead as a witness to your faith. Here is a Lenten reflection on the meaning of the ashes on Ash Wednesday. If you have children, you may want to share this with them in terms that they can understand.
  • Today parents should encourage their children to reflect upon what regular penances they will perform throughout this season of Lent. Ideally, each member of the family should choose his own personal penance as well as some good act that he will perform (daily spiritual reading, daily Mass, extra prayers, almsgiving, volunteer work, housecleaning, etc.), and the whole family may wish to give up one thing together (TV, movies, desserts) or do something extra (family rosary, Holy Hour, Lenten Alms Jar).
  • The use of Sacrifice Beans may help children to keep track of their Lenten penances. Some families begin this activity (with undyed beans!) on Ash Wednesday and then use the collected beans to cook a penitential bean dish for Good Friday at the end of Lent.
  • Here is a Lenten prayer that the family may pray every night from Ash Wednesday to the first Saturday in Lent, to turn the family’s spiritual focus towards this holy season.
  • Read the Holy Father’s 2010 Message for Lent.

Ash Wednesday: The First Day of Lent

Ashes imposed on the forehead of a Christian o...

The time has now come in the Church year for the solemn observance of the great central act of history, the redemption of the human race by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the Roman Rite, the beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the austere symbol of ashes which is used in todays liturgy. The use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance. The Alleluia and the Gloria are suppressed until Easter.Abstinence from eating meat is to be observed on all Fridays during Lent. This applies to all persons 14 and older. The law of fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday applies to all Catholics from age 18 through age 59.

via Catholic Culture : Liturgical Year.


My Lenten Journey

In an effort of being open and honest, I would like to inform those who read my blog that I will be fasting from one of my most favorite things this Lent. That is blogging itself. Aside from this post, I will be limiting myself to no more than one post per week – if absolutely necessary, such as an important story, etc.

The internet and blogging for me, at times, can be quite a distraction. There are moments when I feel that I focus on the things of the passing digital age rather than more on God, my family and work. So in order to follow Our Lord the best way I know how, blogging and the internet must be severely limited. There are of course other things I seek to do in order to balance this sacrifice with a gift. In that, again, I turn to Our Lord and I seek to increase my daily Mass attendance to…daily…Mass attendance and being what I like to call “radiation therapy” – making a consistent Eucharistic Holy Hour at least once per week.

I pray brethren that you intercede for me in both matters; that I may be successful in both of these endeavors for the Glory of God in Heaven.


Daily Scripture Readings

First Reading Joel 2:12-18

Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion! proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the people, notify the congregation; Assemble the elders, gather the children and the infants at the breast; Let the bridegroom quit his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the porch and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep, And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people, and make not your heritage a reproach, with the nations ruling over them! Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’

Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land and took pity on his people.


Responsorial Psalm Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17

R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.


Second Reading 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2

Brothers and sisters:

We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

For he says:

In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.

Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.


Gospel Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray t
o your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”


Ash Wednesday

At the beginning of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, ashes are blessed during Mass, after the homily. The blessed ashes are then “imposed” on the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality. The ashes are blessed at least during the first Mass of the day, but they may also be imposed during all the Masses of the day, after the homily, and even outside the time of Mass to meet the needs of the faithful. Priests or deacons normally impart this sacramental, but instituted acolytes, other extraordinary ministers or designated lay people may be delegated to impart ashes, if the bishop judges that this is necessary. The ashes are made from the palms used at the previous Passion Sunday ceremonies.

— Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year, Msgr. Peter J. Elliott

The act of putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent.

— Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

From the very early times the commemoration of the approach of Christ’s passion and death was observed by a period of self-denial. St. Athanasius in the year 339 enjoined upon the people of Alexandria the 40 days’ fast he saw practiced in Rome and elsewhere, “to the end that while all the world is fasting, we who are in Egypt should not become a laughing stock as the only people who do not fast but take our pleasure in those days.” On Ash Wednesday in the early days, the Pope went barefoot to St. Sabina’s in Rome “to begin with holy fasts the exercises of Christian warfare, that as we do battle with the spirits of evil, we may be protected by the help of self-denial.”

— Daily Missal of the Mystical Body

Things to Do:

  • Go with your family to receive ashes at Mass today. Leave them on your forehead as a witness to your faith. Here is a Lenten reflection on the meaning of the ashes on Ash Wednesday. If you have children, you may want to share this with them in terms that they can understand.
  • Today parents should encourage their children to reflect upon what regular penances they will perform throughout this season of Lent. Ideally, each member of the family should choose his own personal penance as well as some good act that he will perform (daily spiritual reading, daily Mass, extra prayers, almsgiving, volunteer work, housecleaning, etc.), and the whole family may wish to give up one thing together (TV, movies, desserts) or do something extra (family rosary, Holy Hour, Lenten Alms Jar).
  • The use of Sacrifice Beans may help children to keep track of their Lenten penances. Some families begin this activity (with undyed beans!) on Ash Wednesday and then use the collected beans to cook a penitential bean dish for Good Friday at the end of Lent.
  • Here is a Lenten prayer that the family may pray every night from Ash Wednesday to the first Saturday in Lent, to turn the family’s spiritual focus towards this holy season.
  • Read the Holy Father’s 2010 Message for Lent.

USCCB: Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Archbishop Gomez to Succeed Him

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Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cardinal presented his resignation upon having reached the age of 75. He is succeeded by Archbishop José H. Gomez, 59, until now coadjutor archbishop of the same see.

via USCCB – Office of Media Relations Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Coadjutor Archbishop Gomez Succeeds Him in Los Angeles.

The installation of the Archbishop Gomez should be a faith increasing boon for Los Angeles as the new Archbishop did marvelous things during his time as the Archbishop of San Antonio and as an auxiliary bishop of Denver.

USCCB: Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Archbishop Gomez to Succeed Him

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the An...

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cardinal presented his resignation upon having reached the age of 75. He is succeeded by Archbishop José H. Gomez, 59, until now coadjutor archbishop of the same see.

via USCCB – Office of Media Relations Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Coadjutor Archbishop Gomez Succeeds Him in Los Angeles.

The installation of the Archbishop Gomez should be a faith increasing boon for Los Angeles as the new Archbishop did marvelous things during his time as the Archbishop of San Antonio and as an auxiliary bishop of Denver.

Dr. Ed Peters knows canon law. Whoopi Goldberg knows cliches.

H/T to Insight Scoop and CatholicVote.org on this.

What you are about to witness in this clip are people commenting on a subject that they a) do not know anything or much about and b) do not take seriously.

Those who know and understand that the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, is really and truly present under the accidents of bread and wine are more than likely going to disagree with Dr. Peters. For the position expressed by Dr. Ed Peters is one that is clearly mentioned in Scripture:

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.

— 1 Corinthians 11:27-29

 

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This is the point of the issue. Cuomo and any other person who “eats and drinks…in an unworthy manner” does so at their own peril. Not because some are sinners and other are not but because partaking in this sacrilegious act demonstrates that the so-called communicant is not in full communion with the Church and her Bridegroom Jesus Christ.

Anti-Abortion Advocates Victorious in Virginia

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The seal of Virginia. Image via Wikipedia.

The Washington Post is reporting some positive news coming out of the Commonwealth of Virginia:

Va. General Assembly agrees to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals

By Rosalind S. Helderman

The Virginia General Assembly has agreed that abortion clinics should be regulated as hospitals instead of physicians offices, a move that antiabortion activists have sought for almost two decades, insisting that it would improve clinic safety.

[Making this horrid procedure “safer” is something that I thought pro-abortion advocates desired especially in light of the recent, deadly scandals of back-alley-type botched abortions by “legit” providers. Unfortunately, what many of these advocates and abortionists seem to desire is to make money off the legal murder of innocent, defenseless babies.]

Abortion rights advocates say it will make the state one of the most restrictive for abortions in the country and could force as many as 17 of the state’s 21 abortion clinics to close.

[This is positive result of these new regulations.]

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has said he will sign the bill, which gives the state’s Board of Health 280 days from the law’s enactment to write new rules for clinics that perform at least five first-trimester abortions a month.

The bill’s passage came as the Democratic-led state Senate voted 20 to 20 Thursday to approve the measure after a lengthy and emotional debate. The tie was broken by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who cast his vote in favor of the bill. All 18 of the chamber’s Republicans backed the bill, as did two conservative Democrats.

[Bipartisan support for a move in the right direction.]

Antiabortion activists hailed the vote as the most significant victory they’ve achieved in Virginia in years. Abortion rights groups said they think the regulations will place an unconstitutional burden on a woman’s ability to get an abortion in Virginia, and pledged to sue.

[This is the problem with abortion. It is truly not about “privacy” but more about the sanctioning of murder. If it is legal then it cannot possibly be wrong. Thankfully the Church has always taught that just because a law exists it does not mean that it is morally correct. In such circumstances we are to follow our properly formed consciences in fighting and opposing such immoral and intrinsically evil legislation.]

The practical impact of the vote will rest heavily on guidelines ultimately approved by the Virginia Board of Health. Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said she fears the worst, though the 15-member board is dominated by holdover appointments made by former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).

rules that would require renovations that many clinics would find cost-prohibitive.

[These clinics are in the business of making money. And like any other (blood)money-making business, they will confirm to the regulations in order to continue their operation. However, Virginia will be a better state if many of these clinics close down thus becoming a step towards protecting women, babies and even men from this scourge.]

“I’m not thinking best-case scenario. I’m thinking worst-case scenario,” she said.

Antiabortion activists said those fears are overstated and insisted that they do not aim to shut down Virginia clinics.

[Well, that is my aim.]

Clinics that perform first-trimester abortions in Virginia are regulated similarly to doctor’s offices in which colonoscopies and cosmetic surgery are conducted. Antiabortion activists have long said that clinics need stiffer rules, more like those imposed on outpatient ambulatory surgical centers.

they have cited the case of a Philadelphia-area clinic recently shut down after authorities discovered a series of botched and illegal abortions; inspectors discovered containers of fetus parts.

In response, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) fired state health department workers this month for not monitoring clinics more closely.

“These are health professionals who are going to promulgate appropriate regulations,” said Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb, speaking about the state’s Board of Health. “It’s very typical of the other side that rather than fight what this bill does, they want to fight the biggest extreme of what this bill could be.”

The vote breaks a longstanding stalemate on abortion issues in the Virginia General Assembly, where bills to impose new regulations on abortion clinics have for years been approved by the GOP-led House of Delegates but killed by a Senate committee stacked with abortion rights supporters.

Indeed, the Senate’s Education and Health Committee has dispatched similar legislation this year. But in the waning days of this year’s legislative session, scheduled to conclude Saturday, Republican House members were able to use a parliamentary procedure to force a rare vote of the full Senate on the issue.

On Monday, Republicans slid a surprise amendment dealing with the abortion issue into a bill that had been approved by the Senate that requires hospitals and nursing homes to write policies on infection control.

[Realpolitik.]

That sent the issue directly to the floor of the Senate, where several conservative Democrats have always warned their leadership that they would vote with Republicans if ever forced to take a position on an abortion issue.

In August, Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken T. Cuccinelli (R) issued a legal opinion indicating that he thought the state’s Board of Health had the authority to regulate abortion clinics.

In the months since, however, the board has made no move to do so, and some antiabortion activists had been critical of McDonnell for not pressuring the board to do so.

Though McDonnell has not made abortion a major focus of his first 13 months in office, he was one of the legislature’s most vocal voices in opposition to the procedure when he served in the Virginia House of Delegates. He has said he supports clinic regulations.

via Virginia Politics Blog – Va. General Assembly agrees to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals.

Praise the Lord for such a victory! This is a step in the right direction for protecting the health of women and unborn children here in Virginia. The best part is that I actively participated in this action by means of interacting with my state delegate thanks to the initiative and efforts of the Virginia Catholic Conference, which “represents the public-policy interests of the Commonwealth’s two Catholic bishops and the dioceses of Richmond and Arlington:” Bishops DiLorenzo and Loverde, respectively.

Dr. Ed Peters knows canon law. Whoopi Goldberg knows cliches.

H/T to Insight Scoop and CatholicVote.org on this.

What you are about to witness in this clip are people commenting on a subject that they a) do not know anything or much about and b) do not take seriously.

Those who know and understand that the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, is really and truly present under the accidents of bread and wine are more than likely going to disagree with Dr. Peters. For the position expressed by Dr. Ed Peters is one that is clearly mentioned in Scripture:

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.

— 1 Corinthians 11:27-29

Vodpod videos no longer available.

1st collector for Dr. Ed Peters knows canon law. Whoopi Goldberg …
Follow my videos on vodpod

This is the point of the issue. Cuomo and any other person who “eats and drinks…in an unworthy manner” does so at their own peril. Not because some are sinners and other are not but because partaking in this sacrilegious act demonstrates that the so-called communicant is not in full communion with the Church and her Bridegroom Jesus Christ.

Anti-Abortion Advocates Victorious in Virginia

The state seal of Virginia.

The Washington Post is reporting some positive news coming out of the Commonwealth of Virginia:

Va. General Assembly agrees to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals

By Rosalind S. Helderman

The Virginia General Assembly has agreed that abortion clinics should be regulated as hospitals instead of physicians offices, a move that antiabortion activists have sought for almost two decades, insisting that it would improve clinic safety.

[Making this horrid procedure “safer” is something that I thought pro-abortion advocates desired especially in light of the recent, deadly scandals of back-alley-type botched abortions by “legit” providers. Unfortunately, what many of these advocates and abortionists seem to desire is to make money off the legal murder of innocent, defenseless babies.]

Abortion rights advocates say it will make the state one of the most restrictive for abortions in the country and could force as many as 17 of the state’s 21 abortion clinics to close.

[This is positive result of these new regulations.]

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has said he will sign the bill, which gives the state’s Board of Health 280 days from the law’s enactment to write new rules for clinics that perform at least five first-trimester abortions a month.

The bill’s passage came as the Democratic-led state Senate voted 20 to 20 Thursday to approve the measure after a lengthy and emotional debate. The tie was broken by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who cast his vote in favor of the bill. All 18 of the chamber’s Republicans backed the bill, as did two conservative Democrats.

[Bipartisan support for a move in the right direction.]

Antiabortion activists hailed the vote as the most significant victory they’ve achieved in Virginia in years. Abortion rights groups said they think the regulations will place an unconstitutional burden on a woman’s ability to get an abortion in Virginia, and pledged to sue.

[This is the problem with abortion. It is truly not about “privacy” but more about the sanctioning of murder. If it is legal then it cannot possibly be wrong. Thankfully the Church has always taught that just because a law exists it does not mean that it is morally correct. In such circumstances we are to follow our properly formed consciences in fighting and opposing such immoral and intrinsically evil legislation.]

The practical impact of the vote will rest heavily on guidelines ultimately approved by the Virginia Board of Health. Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said she fears the worst, though the 15-member board is dominated by holdover appointments made by former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).

rules that would require renovations that many clinics would find cost-prohibitive.

[These clinics are in the business of making money. And like any other (blood)money-making business, they will confirm to the regulations in order to continue their operation. However, Virginia will be a better state if many of these clinics close down thus becoming a step towards protecting women, babies and even men from this scourge.]

“I’m not thinking best-case scenario. I’m thinking worst-case scenario,” she said.

Antiabortion activists said those fears are overstated and insisted that they do not aim to shut down Virginia clinics.

[Well, that is my aim.]

Clinics that perform first-trimester abortions in Virginia are regulated similarly to doctor’s offices in which colonoscopies and cosmetic surgery are conducted. Antiabortion activists have long said that clinics need stiffer rules, more like those imposed on outpatient ambulatory surgical centers.

they have cited the case of a Philadelphia-area clinic recently shut down after authorities discovered a series of botched and illegal abortions; inspectors discovered containers of fetus parts.

In response, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) fired state health department workers this month for not monitoring clinics more closely.

“These are health professionals who are going to promulgate appropriate regulations,” said Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb, speaking about the state’s Board of Health. “It’s very typical of the other side that rather than fight what this bill does, they want to fight the biggest extreme of what this bill could be.”

The vote breaks a longstanding stalemate on abortion issues in the Virginia General Assembly, where bills to impose new regulations on abortion clinics have for years been approved by the GOP-led House of Delegates but killed by a Senate committee stacked with abortion rights supporters.

Indeed, the Senate’s Education and Health Committee has dispatched similar legislation this year. But in the waning days of this year’s legislative session, scheduled to conclude Saturday, Republican House members were able to use a parliamentary procedure to force a rare vote of the full Senate on the issue.

On Monday, Republicans slid a surprise amendment dealing with the abortion issue into a bill that had been approved by the Senate that requires hospitals and nursing homes to write policies on infection control.

[Realpolitik.]

That sent the issue directly to the floor of the Senate, where several conservative Democrats have always warned their leadership that they would vote with Republicans if ever forced to take a position on an abortion issue.

In August, Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken T. Cuccinelli (R) issued a legal opinion indicating that he thought the state’s Board of Health had the authority to regulate abortion clinics.

In the months since, however, the board has made no move to do so, and some antiabortion activists had been critical of McDonnell for not pressuring the board to do so.

Though McDonnell has not made abortion a major focus of his first 13 months in office, he was one of the legislature’s most vocal voices in opposition to the procedure when he served in the Virginia House of Delegates. He has said he supports clinic regulations.

via Virginia Politics Blog – Va. General Assembly agrees to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals.

Praise the Lord for such a victory! This is a step in the right direction for protecting the health of women and unborn children here in Virginia. The best part is that I actively participated in this action by means of interacting with my state delegate thanks to the initiative and efforts of the Virginia Catholic Conference, which “represents the public-policy interests of the Commonwealth’s two Catholic bishops and the dioceses of Richmond and Arlington:” Bishops DiLorenzo and Loverde, respectively.