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14 Aug

A New Catholic Movement in the United States

“Catholics For Freedom of Religion” was privileged to be invited to:

“A New Catholic Movement in the United States”

                                     National Catholic Register, July 24, 2017

Over 100 Bishops joined 3,500 Catholic leaders, priests and religious from across the United States, as they gathered in Orlando, FL from July 1-4, for the unprecedented and invitation-only gathering of “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.”  

“It succeeded in gathering men and women who love the Church – from all over the U.S., from various cultural backgrounds and with different roles and perspectives in the Church, …  with their bishops to pray together … and invite the Holy Spirit to lead us in going forth,” said a key organizer.  The attendees spent the days in prayer and discussion, hearing from a series of speakers on a specific theme each day.  Nationally known speakers included Cardinal Timothy Dolan, NY, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Washington, Archbishop Jose Gomez, Los Angeles, law professor Helen Alvare, and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus.

The convocation strove to equip Catholic leaders with the tools, knowledge and common purpose to meet the next challenging years with confidence and the joy of discipleship.

Catholics For Freedom of Religion was happy to provide our ideas and resources to laymen and clergy.  We shared our mission to educate and inspire, on a non-partisan basis, for First Amendment Freedom of Religion – how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how quickly it can be lost.

We were honored to be part of the Diocese of Rockville Centre delegation led by Bishop John Barres. 

“We are here at this convocation to set the course for what can be a new Catholic moment in the United States.”

Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor, Boston College

07 Aug

Freedom of Religion Imposters

Under the guise of claiming religious freedom, anti-religion and atheist groups promoting Satanic Temples, monuments, black masses, and after-school Satan Clubs, are intent on mainstreaming Satanism in America. These satanic groups seek social acceptance and want to be viewed as normal.

Most communities have chosen to peacefully protest these anti-God groups. In Belle Plaine, MN, Satanists claimed the right to erect a satanic monument in the Veterans’ Park after the City Council reinstated the placement of a two-foot-tall iron statue of a soldier praying over a grave marked with a cross. The community’s vigorous opposition to the monument led the Council to vote on July 17, 2017, to abolish the park’s free speech zone – the proposed site for the monument – and the satanists’ move was defeated. One demonstrator said the monument “is not the message of life and love, it is the message of death and decay.”

The Satanic Temple tried to organize a “Black Mass” at Harvard University in 2014 before a student group moved the event off campus. The satanists also created an Elementary School after-school program to promote their beliefs and worked to install a satanic statue at the Oklahoma State Capital. Again, citizens rejected these efforts. Another group set up a Satanic Church in Spring, TX, a suburb of Houston and citizens protested.

“Using the false argument of religious freedom, …(these groups) seek to put Satan in the news and make Satanists accepted at the table,” wrote John Horvat, author of Return To Order.

“We should be inspired by the individual person of action,” wrote Rabbi Aryeh Spero, author of Push Back. “It is remarkable what one person can do when he stands proud and pushes back.”

(crisismagazine.com, 7/19/17; startribune.com, 7/15/17; catholicnewsagency.com, 7/18/17)

Baptismal Vow: “Do you reject Satan and all his works?” Response: “I do!”
31 Jul

Parents’ Freedom of Conscience vs State & Doctor Assisted Dying

Two Cautionary Tales:

England:  Charlie Gard, an 11 month-old baby born with a rare genetic disease, died on July 28 after being removed from his ventilator despite his parents’ objections.  For many months they had petitioned the courts to release Charlie from the hospital in order to seek experimental treatment in America.  However, the hospital argued in court against the rights of Charlie’s parents to decide their son’s course of care.  English and European courts ruled that the hospital could block his parents’ wishes and pull Charlie’s life support.

Then, mounting public pressure plus the support of Pope Francis and President Trump caused the court to request that an American specialist come to England to examine Charlie.  Unfortunately, this examination was a few months too late since Charlie’s muscles were too significantly deteriorated for treatment to help.  Had Charlie been allowed to be examined sooner, his parents said, he would “have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy.”  They lamented “a whole lot of wasted time.”

Los Angeles:  On August 25, 2016, 2-year old Israel Stinson was removed from a breathing ventilator at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, after a judge upheld the hospital’s decision to remove life support against the parents’ wishes.  The family is “devastated,” said Life Legal Defense Foundation.  “They lost their son yesterday after a long, long battle for him and for his life.”

(ncr.com, 7/25/17; lifesitenews.com,7/28/17; people.com, 8/27/16; latimes.com, 8/26/16)

“Man has the right to live … he has the right to be looked after in the event of ill health; ” St. Pope John XXIII, Peace on Earth,   no.11
24 Jul

School Districts Ban Prayer at HS Graduations

Indiana:  Contrary to U.S. Department of Education Guidelines and a recently passed Indiana House Bill, the Elkhart Community Schools have surrendered to the “Freedom From Religion Foundation” and banned prayer from HS Graduations after one parent complained to FFRF that a recent graduation ceremony opened with a prayer.  

 

However, in April, Indiana passed a House Bill complying with the Dept. of Education and the First Amendment that “Provides that public school students may pray or engage in religious activities or religious expression before, during, and after the school day in the same manner and to the same extent that students may engage in nonreligious activities or expression.”

 

Pennsylvania: A student who was asked to deliver the closing exercise at Beaver HS  graduation was not permitted to deliver her prepared remarks because she mentioned thanks to her “Heavenly Father” and “Lord.” 

 

The school district is in violation of the First Amendment and U.S. Dept. of Education policy that covers graduation ceremonies:  “Where students or other graduation speakers are selected on the basis of genuinely neutral, evenhanded criteria and retain primary control over the content of their expression … that expression may not be restricted because of its religious (or anti-religious) content.”

 (secularnews.org, 7/12/17; christianpost.com, 7/14/17; firstliberty.org, 6/13/17)

 

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.”
George Washington