Monday, August 11, 2014

Bill Gate's Common Core Coming to Portland Catholic Schools...Opinions welcome

The Portland Archdiocesan Catholic Schools will be part of the Portland school system.  This was set up before Archbishop Sample was installed.  He needs information to get a handle on what Common Core does and means for Catholics.  Bill and Melinda Gates are using money for Catholics souls on foundational teachings of the Church.

If you don't have a child or grandchild or a child you love in the Portland Catholic schools, it wouldn't be long for things to reach to your school.  If you have no children but would like them to have a chance to stay Catholic please write and let your voice be heard.

If you have a strong opinion regarding Common Core implementation in the PDX Catholic schools please send a letter to Bob Mizia, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese and a copy of this letter to Archbishop Sample.  If you have to choose go with Archbishop Sample.

Bob Mizia, Superintendent of Schools         The Most Reverend Alexander Sample
2838 E Burnside St.                                        2838 E. Burnside St.

Portland, OR 97214                                        Portland, OR 97214

Dear Bob,                                                         Your Excellency,


 Cardinal Newman Society article

EXCLUSIVE: National Catholic Educational Association Gets Gates Foundation Grant to Promote ‘Common Core’ in Catholic Schools

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) more than $100,000 to support teacher training and materials on implementing the Common Core school standards, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered.
The $100,007 grant made in September will only fuel division over the NCEA’s public encouragement for Catholic schools to adopt the Common Core standards, despite serious concerns about the standards’ academic quality and impact on schools’ Catholic identity.
The revelation comes even as The Cardinal Newman Society and other Catholic groups and dioceses—led by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS)—are co-sponsoring a meeting in New Jersey with Catholic school superintendents, principals and educators to discuss concerns about the Common Core, a controversial education reform movement funded largely by the Gates Foundation.
Yesterday the Newman Society released a survey of principals from the top-ranked Catholic high schools in the Society’s Catholic High School Honor Roll, that found that the principals oppose Catholic schools rushing to adopt Common Core without careful analysis.
Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, will appear on EWTN’s “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to discuss the survey and concerns about the Common Core.  The show will be repeated Friday at 1 a.m.and 9 a.m. ET, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
The NCEA recently launched a revised website for its Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII), which offers resources and advice to Catholic schools planning to adopt the controversial Common Core standards.  In addition to the Gates Foundation grant, sponsors of the CCCII include William H. Sadlier, Inc., a leading Catholic textbook publisher, and Riverside Publishing, a national testing company—which potentially could reap large profits from the Common Core’s adoption by Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has also made grants to other Catholic entities to promote Common Core.  This year it granted $248,343 to DePaul University for Leading with Algebra, described by the University as “a partnership between DePaul and the Chicago Public Schools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in algebra for grades 6-8.”  And in 2010, the Gates Foundation granted $556,006 to the Cristo Rey Network, in part to implement Common Core in the nationwide network of Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has come under fire from Catholic and pro-life organizations for its substantial “family planning” grant program to encourage the use of contraceptives in developing countries.
Last year, Melinda Gates publicly dissented from Catholic teaching on contraception.  According to LifeNews.com, she told attendees at a Berlin conference that “as a practicing Catholic,” and “in the tradition of the great Catholic scholars,” it is “important to question received teachings,” in particular “the one saying that birth control is a sin.”

Although the Gates Foundation claims neutrality on abortion, its grantees include a number of abortion advocacy groups and even the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, which is responsible for abortions worldwide.  Other grantees have included the Guttmacher Institute, Population Action International, the Population Council and the United Nations Population Fund.
Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. Click here for email updates and free online membership with The Cardinal Newman Society.
- See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/2661/EXCLUSIVE-National-Catholic-Education-Association-Gets-Gates-Foundation-Grant-to-Promote-%E2%80%98Common-Core%E2%80%99-in-Catholic-Schools.aspx#sthash.cHmeeAUr.dpuf

EXCLUSIVE: National Catholic Educational Association Gets Gates Foundation Grant to Promote ‘Common Core’ in Catholic Schools

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) more than $100,000 to support teacher training and materials on implementing the Common Core school standards, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered.
The $100,007 grant made in September will only fuel division over the NCEA’s public encouragement for Catholic schools to adopt the Common Core standards, despite serious concerns about the standards’ academic quality and impact on schools’ Catholic identity.
The revelation comes even as The Cardinal Newman Society and other Catholic groups and dioceses—led by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS)—are co-sponsoring a meeting in New Jersey with Catholic school superintendents, principals and educators to discuss concerns about the Common Core, a controversial education reform movement funded largely by the Gates Foundation.
Yesterday the Newman Society released a survey of principals from the top-ranked Catholic high schools in the Society’s Catholic High School Honor Roll, that found that the principals oppose Catholic schools rushing to adopt Common Core without careful analysis.
Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, will appear on EWTN’s “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to discuss the survey and concerns about the Common Core.  The show will be repeated Friday at 1 a.m.and 9 a.m. ET, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
The NCEA recently launched a revised website for its Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII), which offers resources and advice to Catholic schools planning to adopt the controversial Common Core standards.  In addition to the Gates Foundation grant, sponsors of the CCCII include William H. Sadlier, Inc., a leading Catholic textbook publisher, and Riverside Publishing, a national testing company—which potentially could reap large profits from the Common Core’s adoption by Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has also made grants to other Catholic entities to promote Common Core.  This year it granted $248,343 to DePaul University for Leading with Algebra, described by the University as “a partnership between DePaul and the Chicago Public Schools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in algebra for grades 6-8.”  And in 2010, the Gates Foundation granted $556,006 to the Cristo Rey Network, in part to implement Common Core in the nationwide network of Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has come under fire from Catholic and pro-life organizations for its substantial “family planning” grant program to encourage the use of contraceptives in developing countries.
Last year, Melinda Gates publicly dissented from Catholic teaching on contraception.  According to LifeNews.com, she told attendees at a Berlin conference that “as a practicing Catholic,” and “in the tradition of the great Catholic scholars,” it is “important to question received teachings,” in particular “the one saying that birth control is a sin.”

Although the Gates Foundation claims neutrality on abortion, its grantees include a number of abortion advocacy groups and even the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, which is responsible for abortions worldwide.  Other grantees have included the Guttmacher Institute, Population Action International, the Population Council and the United Nations Population Fund.
Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. Click here for email updates and free online membership with The Cardinal Newman Society.
- See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/2661/EXCLUSIVE-National-Catholic-Education-Association-Gets-Gates-Foundation-Grant-to-Promote-%E2%80%98Common-Core%E2%80%99-in-Catholic-Schools.aspx#sthash.cHmeeAUr.dpuf

EXCLUSIVE: National Catholic Educational Association Gets Gates Foundation Grant to Promote ‘Common Core’ in Catholic Schools

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) more than $100,000 to support teacher training and materials on implementing the Common Core school standards, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered.
The $100,007 grant made in September will only fuel division over the NCEA’s public encouragement for Catholic schools to adopt the Common Core standards, despite serious concerns about the standards’ academic quality and impact on schools’ Catholic identity.
The revelation comes even as The Cardinal Newman Society and other Catholic groups and dioceses—led by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS)—are co-sponsoring a meeting in New Jersey with Catholic school superintendents, principals and educators to discuss concerns about the Common Core, a controversial education reform movement funded largely by the Gates Foundation.
Yesterday the Newman Society released a survey of principals from the top-ranked Catholic high schools in the Society’s Catholic High School Honor Roll, that found that the principals oppose Catholic schools rushing to adopt Common Core without careful analysis.
Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, will appear on EWTN’s “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to discuss the survey and concerns about the Common Core.  The show will be repeated Friday at 1 a.m.and 9 a.m. ET, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
The NCEA recently launched a revised website for its Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII), which offers resources and advice to Catholic schools planning to adopt the controversial Common Core standards.  In addition to the Gates Foundation grant, sponsors of the CCCII include William H. Sadlier, Inc., a leading Catholic textbook publisher, and Riverside Publishing, a national testing company—which potentially could reap large profits from the Common Core’s adoption by Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has also made grants to other Catholic entities to promote Common Core.  This year it granted $248,343 to DePaul University for Leading with Algebra, described by the University as “a partnership between DePaul and the Chicago Public Schools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in algebra for grades 6-8.”  And in 2010, the Gates Foundation granted $556,006 to the Cristo Rey Network, in part to implement Common Core in the nationwide network of Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has come under fire from Catholic and pro-life organizations for its substantial “family planning” grant program to encourage the use of contraceptives in developing countries.
Last year, Melinda Gates publicly dissented from Catholic teaching on contraception.  According to LifeNews.com, she told attendees at a Berlin conference that “as a practicing Catholic,” and “in the tradition of the great Catholic scholars,” it is “important to question received teachings,” in particular “the one saying that birth control is a sin.”

Although the Gates Foundation claims neutrality on abortion, its grantees include a number of abortion advocacy groups and even the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, which is responsible for abortions worldwide.  Other grantees have included the Guttmacher Institute, Population Action International, the Population Council and the United Nations Population Fund.
- See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/2661/EXCLUSIVE-National-Catholic-Education-Association-Gets-Gates-Foundation-Grant-to-Promote-%E2%80%98Common-Core%E2%80%99-in-Catholic-Schools.aspx#sthash.0eta8IhB.dpuf

The Gates Foundation paid the National Catholic Educational Association more than $100,000 to support teacher training and materials on implementing the Common Core school standards. 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) more than $100,000 to support teacher training and materials on implementing the Common Core school standards, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered.

The $100,007 grant made in September will only fuel division over the NCEA’s public encouragement for Catholic schools to adopt the Common Core standards, despite serious concerns about the standards’ academic quality and impact on schools’ Catholic identity.

The revelation comes even as The Cardinal Newman Society and other Catholic groups and dioceses—led by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS)—are co-sponsoring a meeting in New Jersey with Catholic school superintendents, principals and educators to discuss concerns about the Common Core, a controversial education reform movement funded largely by the Gates Foundation.

Yesterday the Newman Society released a survey of principals from the top-ranked Catholic high schools in the Society’s Catholic High School Honor Roll, that found that the principals oppose Catholic schools rushing to adopt Common Core without careful analysis.

Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, will appear on EWTN’s “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to discuss the survey and concerns about the Common Core.  The show will be repeated Friday at 1 a.m.and 9 a.m. ET, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and Monday at 10 p.m. ET.

The NCEA recently launched a revised website for its Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII), which offers resources and advice to Catholic schools planning to adopt the controversial Common Core standards.  In addition to the Gates Foundation grant, sponsors of the CCCII include William H. Sadlier, Inc., a leading Catholic textbook publisher, and Riverside Publishing, a national testing company—which potentially could reap large profits from the Common Core’s adoption by Catholic schools.

The Gates Foundation has also made grants to other Catholic entities to promote Common Core.  This year it granted $248,343 to DePaul University for Leading with Algebra, described by the University as “a partnership between DePaul and the Chicago Public Schools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in algebra for grades 6-8.”  And in 2010, the Gates Foundation granted $556,006 to the Cristo Rey Network, in part to implement Common Core in the nationwide network of Catholic schools.

The Gates Foundation has come under fire from Catholic and pro-life organizations for its substantial “family planning” grant program to encourage the use of contraceptives in developing countries.

Last year, Melinda Gates publicly dissented from Catholic teaching on contraception.  According to LifeNews.com, she told attendees at a Berlin conference that “as a practicing Catholic,” and “in the tradition of the great Catholic scholars,” it is “important to question received teachings,” in particular “the one saying that birth control is a sin.”


Although the Gates Foundation claims neutrality on abortion, its grantees include a number of abortion advocacy groups and even the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, which is responsible for abortions worldwide.  Other grantees have included the Guttmacher Institute, Population Action International, the Population Council and the United Nations Population Fund.

EXCLUSIVE: National Catholic Educational Association Gets Gates Foundation Grant to Promote ‘Common Core’ in Catholic Schools

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) more than $100,000 to support teacher training and materials on implementing the Common Core school standards, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered.
The $100,007 grant made in September will only fuel division over the NCEA’s public encouragement for Catholic schools to adopt the Common Core standards, despite serious concerns about the standards’ academic quality and impact on schools’ Catholic identity.
The revelation comes even as The Cardinal Newman Society and other Catholic groups and dioceses—led by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS)—are co-sponsoring a meeting in New Jersey with Catholic school superintendents, principals and educators to discuss concerns about the Common Core, a controversial education reform movement funded largely by the Gates Foundation.
Yesterday the Newman Society released a survey of principals from the top-ranked Catholic high schools in the Society’s Catholic High School Honor Roll, that found that the principals oppose Catholic schools rushing to adopt Common Core without careful analysis.
Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, will appear on EWTN’s “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to discuss the survey and concerns about the Common Core.  The show will be repeated Friday at 1 a.m.and 9 a.m. ET, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
The NCEA recently launched a revised website for its Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII), which offers resources and advice to Catholic schools planning to adopt the controversial Common Core standards.  In addition to the Gates Foundation grant, sponsors of the CCCII include William H. Sadlier, Inc., a leading Catholic textbook publisher, and Riverside Publishing, a national testing company—which potentially could reap large profits from the Common Core’s adoption by Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has also made grants to other Catholic entities to promote Common Core.  This year it granted $248,343 to DePaul University for Leading with Algebra, described by the University as “a partnership between DePaul and the Chicago Public Schools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in algebra for grades 6-8.”  And in 2010, the Gates Foundation granted $556,006 to the Cristo Rey Network, in part to implement Common Core in the nationwide network of Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has come under fire from Catholic and pro-life organizations for its substantial “family planning” grant program to encourage the use of contraceptives in developing countries.
Last year, Melinda Gates publicly dissented from Catholic teaching on contraception.  According to LifeNews.com, she told attendees at a Berlin conference that “as a practicing Catholic,” and “in the tradition of the great Catholic scholars,” it is “important to question received teachings,” in particular “the one saying that birth control is a sin.”

Although the Gates Foundation claims neutrality on abortion, its grantees include a number of abortion advocacy groups and even the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, which is responsible for abortions worldwide.  Other grantees have included the Guttmacher Institute, Population Action International, the Population Council and the United Nations Population Fund.
- See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/2661/EXCLUSIVE-National-Catholic-Education-Association-Gets-Gates-Foundation-Grant-to-Promote-%E2%80%98Common-Core%E2%80%99-in-Catholic-Schools.aspx#sthash.0eta8IhB.dpuf

EXCLUSIVE: National Catholic Educational Association Gets Gates Foundation Grant to Promote ‘Common Core’ in Catholic Schools

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) more than $100,000 to support teacher training and materials on implementing the Common Core school standards, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered.
The $100,007 grant made in September will only fuel division over the NCEA’s public encouragement for Catholic schools to adopt the Common Core standards, despite serious concerns about the standards’ academic quality and impact on schools’ Catholic identity.
The revelation comes even as The Cardinal Newman Society and other Catholic groups and dioceses—led by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS)—are co-sponsoring a meeting in New Jersey with Catholic school superintendents, principals and educators to discuss concerns about the Common Core, a controversial education reform movement funded largely by the Gates Foundation.
Yesterday the Newman Society released a survey of principals from the top-ranked Catholic high schools in the Society’s Catholic High School Honor Roll, that found that the principals oppose Catholic schools rushing to adopt Common Core without careful analysis.
Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, will appear on EWTN’s “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to discuss the survey and concerns about the Common Core.  The show will be repeated Friday at 1 a.m.and 9 a.m. ET, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
The NCEA recently launched a revised website for its Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII), which offers resources and advice to Catholic schools planning to adopt the controversial Common Core standards.  In addition to the Gates Foundation grant, sponsors of the CCCII include William H. Sadlier, Inc., a leading Catholic textbook publisher, and Riverside Publishing, a national testing company—which potentially could reap large profits from the Common Core’s adoption by Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has also made grants to other Catholic entities to promote Common Core.  This year it granted $248,343 to DePaul University for Leading with Algebra, described by the University as “a partnership between DePaul and the Chicago Public Schools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in algebra for grades 6-8.”  And in 2010, the Gates Foundation granted $556,006 to the Cristo Rey Network, in part to implement Common Core in the nationwide network of Catholic schools.
The Gates Foundation has come under fire from Catholic and pro-life organizations for its substantial “family planning” grant program to encourage the use of contraceptives in developing countries.
Last year, Melinda Gates publicly dissented from Catholic teaching on contraception.  According to LifeNews.com, she told attendees at a Berlin conference that “as a practicing Catholic,” and “in the tradition of the great Catholic scholars,” it is “important to question received teachings,” in particular “the one saying that birth control is a sin.”

Although the Gates Foundation claims neutrality on abortion, its grantees include a number of abortion advocacy groups and even the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, which is responsible for abortions worldwide.  Other grantees have included the Guttmacher Institute, Population Action International, the Population Council and the United Nations Population Fund.
Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. Click here for email updates and free online membership with The Cardinal Newman Society.
- See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/2661/EXCLUSIVE-National-Catholic-Education-Association-Gets-Gates-Foundation-Grant-to-Promote-%E2%80%98Common-Core%E2%80%99-in-Catholic-Schools.aspx#sthash.cHmeeAUr.dpuf

Sunday, August 10, 2014

From 2011. Oregon Catholic Priest and Evangelical Minister: "Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, why does the Archdiocese of Portland belong to this?"

Dear Father and Pastor... Thank you for giving me your observations of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.   You represent true ecumenism.  Maybe by your words Oregon Catholics will now understand the problem.......God Bless, VOCAL

 "To Whom it may concern, (from anonymous Oregon Catholic priest),
While it would be tough for me to weigh in on an internal Catholic issue, I can have a personal opinion overall.  The biggest problem I have is that if you believe what you claim to believe, why would you put time and energy into an Organization that actively works against that belief?  EMO, clearly and unequivocally, has the position that gays and lesbians are not engaged in unnatural sexual relations, essentially they hold homosexual behavior to be OK.
Last time I looked, the Catholic Church still, and rightly so under the bible, believe homosexual behavior to be unnatural and immoral.  While many of their programs for social justice are great, the Catholic Church doesn’t need to belong to advance those noble causes they do promote.
  It is one thing to love and tolerate all sinners, it is quite another to say their sin is ok and free of consequences.  By belonging to EMO the Catholic Church is compromising their own values, for what benefit?  Whatever benefits they believe come from membership can easily be obtained other ways without giving tacit approval to the homosexual lifestyle.
 I am all for having a loving and open dialogue with other Christians about our different interpretations of scripture, but why do I have to join their organization?  Of the five (5) largest denominations in Oregon (by number of members in the State), (Catholic, Mormon, Assemblies of God and Evangelical Lutheran and Foursquare), the Catholic Church is the only one who chooses to be a member.  In looking at the statistics, the EMO, absent the Catholic Church, represents a very small minority of Oregon Church goers, about 10%.  Here is the link to that info,
 The bottom line is, they have an important belief that runs counter to Church doctrine; and without the Catholic Church, they really represent a very small number of Oregon church goers.  So why get involved?"

Paul and Peter: Icon of True Ecumenism
True Ecumenism in Action: A leading Evangelical Ministry leader that works across denominational lines in both Oregon, Washington and nationally made these remarks regarding Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO)

"My observations about EMO are very, very bad. They represent everything the Evangelical Church disdains, are not true followers of the Scriptures, and use them only as a useful garment to cover their truly humanistic and misguided perception of 'truth.'

They misconstrue true Biblical Theology to serve their preconceived ideas about what is right and wind up twisting and interpreting the Scriptures to agree with their humanist religious views.

They represent only a small fraction of 'Churches' in Oregon and the Evangelical Church considers them 'apostate.' We do not agree in the least with their support of 'domestic partnerships' nor granting rights to any class of people based on their sexual behavior, which EMO clearly does. 


In fact, we are appalled that Catholic Leadership, after what they have gone through in Oregon and throughout the nation, is even willing to align themselves with any group that supports the homosexual agenda. It sends the signal to any and everyone that the Catholic Church leadership has still not walked away from this sordid relationship.

For the Catholic Church to align with the EMO and in support of homosexual behavior is to deny everything that the Catholic Church teaches, and to alienate many, many Catholics from Catholic Church leadership.

It is actually to be out of step with the Pope and the Vatican, and it castes a long shadow of distrust and alienation from the Evangelical Christian world in working together on other areas of mutual interest."  


From the Holy Father's Own Words.....


Pope Benedict XVI has declared his commitment to the Second Vatican Council's Ecumenism, but has stressed a hermeneutic of continuity in Catholic doctrine so that Ecumenism never really becomes a break from the bi-millennial Church tradition.

St Peter's Square on 7 June 2006

Friday, August 8, 2014

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Awards Money to.......guess who?

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a group of liberal churches that promote many anti-Catholic moral values.  For the decades we have been affiliated with this "ecumenical" group no Catholic values have seemingly been even debated.

The deep connections we have with EMO confuses and most importantly make Oregon Catholics complicit in their agreement with abortion and same-sex marriage.

The next post will remind us of what a devout Catholic Priest and devout Protestant pastor want to share regarding this "strange bedfellow" that we have with EMO.



According to Oregon Live's   Community Helpers, Portland, Oregon please click for more info.:

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Oregon awarded 

$2,000 to Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

$1,500  to Outgrowing Hunger  

$ 1,500 to Vocoform

and $1,000 to Salem HUB for community-based projects.

  CCHD - USCCB website (just click)

 Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon violates some of these basic Catholic values. 

For example, applicant organizations that support or promote same-sex marriage, discrimination, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, or punitive measures towards immigrants are not eligible for CCHD funding.


  This organization is "incorporated" yet does not have a Board of Directors on it's webpage.  We would like to know who vetted this group that warranted our money.

  VOCOFORM

Values

  • Peace: Bringing wholeness to our fractured world.
  • Justice: Standing in solidarity with oppressed individuals and participating in changing the systemic elements that leave any person feeling less than human.
  • Reconciliation: Regarding one another; being fully human requires pursuing more than what is good only for the individual.
  • Beauty: Recognizing the special and unique elements in what others consider mundane.
  • Place: Living out our stories alongside others in a specific location.

Address:

Vocoform Incorporated
PO Box 17190
Portland OR 97217
503.902.4823

Board

We believe the board is an extension of those served and Vocoform is developing a board that represents just that. From the beginning we have acknowledged that the more unique the voices, the greater perspective we bring back to serve our stakeholders. We are devoted to a board that represents diversity in race, intergenerationality, and gender. If you have a desire to find out more about board participation please contact scott@vocoform.com

+++++

Here are some guidelines for the recipients.  We need to have "Catholic" money going to things that don't go against Christ's teachings.  As you can see, these are not followed.

Criteria

1.  Applicant organizations must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church and must in no way work against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' priorities to defend human life and dignity, strengthen family life and the institution of marriage, and foster diversity. For example, applicant organizations that support or promote same-sex marriage, discrimination, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, or punitive measures towards immigrants are not eligible for CCHD funding.
2.  The application must focus on creating or expanding a stand-alone Economic Development Institution that will create income and/or assets for low-income people and communities.
3.  Members of the poverty group must have a strong voice in the leadership of the applicant organization. At least one-third of those who plan, implement, and make policy for the applicant organization (usually the board of directors) are low-income.
4.  At least one-half of the intended beneficiaries from the EDI must be low-income.
5.  The applicant has a complete plan for the EDI that documents all three of the components listed below:
      A.  An assessment and analysis of pertinent community needs, resources and regional     economic conditions that establish the EDI's strategic direction

      B.  A clear, comprehensive, and detailed strategic plan that establishes how the EDI will develop and operate over the next three to five years. This component must include:
            a.  Program description with goals, objectives, and the anticipated outcomes for job creation and/or asset development (see Guidelines, below).             b.  An EDI ownership structure that results in asset ownership within the low income community.
            c.  A multi-year financial strategy for the start-up and ongoing viability of the EDI.
      C.  A commitment and strategy for ongoing leadership development on the EDI Board of Directors, at least one-third of whose membership is composed of low-income people.
6.  Matching funds—in addition to any in-kind contributions—are committed to the EDI at a level at least equal to the request for CCHD funds.

Guidelines

CCHD has established the following threshold outcomes to ensure its funding will be directed to EDIs that have the potential for substantial job creation and/or asset development within their communities.

EDIs in underserved or distressed areas of the country (e.g., some rural and reservation communities) may receive special consideration, determined by regional standards.


EDIs must create ten or more new jobs that pay a living wage as determined by regional standards, or must develop asset ownership for more than ten individuals or families while also benefiting the larger community.

The EDI plan needs to relate the anticipated outcomes for asset development to the specific economic conditions of the EDI's community.

An application should establish that its EDI team—staff, consultants, institutional partners, and board—has the organizational capacity needed to ensure implementation.

An applicant organization should demonstrate a growing base of support (both financial and/or in-kind resources) that reflects valuable relationships in the community.


Priorities

Priority to encourage collaboration

An applicant organization should describe how it collaborates or plans to collaborate with other organizations in the course of implementation.
An applicant organization should demonstrate a willingness to participate in CCHD's education and promotion efforts.

Priority to link economic development with community organizing

An applicant organization should describe how it will use or promote community organizing among the EDI's beneficiaries so they could work together and with others on additional efforts to effect institutional change.

Priority to facilitate the development of information systems in organizations

An applicant organization should develop and regularly use a monitoring and evaluation system that relies on the active participation of beneficiaries and leads to increased EDI capacity and performance.
An applicant organization should establish an interest in sharing data with other organizations (including CCHD) for the purposes of peer support and mutual learning.

Eligible Use of Funds

CCHD funds may be used for general operating expenses, including staff salaries/training, procurement of technical assistance, board development costs and other overhead costs.
For business development, CCHD funds may be used as part of a financing package for start-up or expansion, including start-up costs or working capital.
For real estate development, CCHD funds may be used for pre-development or continuing operating expenses.
Funds may not be used for capital expenditures (e.g., real estate, vehicles, equipment).

Not Eligible for Funding

Economic Development Institutions structured without opportunities for participatory control and ownership by low income people
EDIs structured without opportunities to develop community-held assets (e.g., sole proprietorships, simple partnerships, or fee-simple housing projects are not eligible)
EDIs owned or controlled by governmental agencies (federal, state, or local), educational, or ecclesiastical bodies
EDIs whose primary focus is direct service (e.g. job training, business consulting, financial literacy, savings programs, or homeownership education programs by themselves are not eligible). Such services may complement an eligible EDI, but they cannot be the EDI's primary focus.
EDIs not structured to stand on their own as sustainable institutions
EDIs that intend to re-grant CCHD monies to other organizations.


Friday, August 1, 2014

From Johnny Rotten to Johnny Reverent in One Easy Step …Remember "Second' First Saturday Devotion...August 2nd.

… Does your son fidget and act unruly during mass? Or does he get bored and sit there like a listless lump zoning out?

Do you wish he’d be more attentive, prayerful, or respectful and listen to the homily for stinkin’ once?!?
Now you too can have a new improved, wonderfully well behaved son accompanying you to mass each week with Altar Boy 2.0*!
Here’s how it works in one easy step.

Step 1 — Make your son be an altar server.
I don’t care if he wails and kicks and says you live to make his life miserable. Of course you do. That’s besides the point.

Engage your Catholic Mom Guilt powers and insist he make this one sacrifice for the Lord our God who died on the Cross for his ungrateful hump.

Ask him how many waking hours he spends a day watching TV, playing video games, hanging out with friends, or playing sports. Then ask him how many of those same waking hours he uses in prayer. Bust out your saddest, most disappointed mom face and ask why he can’t make time for Sweet Baby Jesus to serve at His altar?

If getting him good and guilted doesn’t work, appeal to his boy senses. Tell them there’ll be fire. And smoke. Lots of smoke.





And if he still doesn’t want to serve… who cares. Make him. And when he asks “why” give him the mother of all reasons. The Reason that’s been used for all of time, since your parents and their parents before them.

Because you said so.

Trust me, moms and dads. It’s worth the fight. The aggravation. The wailing and crying. Trust me.
Eventually over time your precious spawn will learn his protests are futile and he’ll begrudgingly succumb. And when he does something marvelous will happen.

He’ll learn the mass better than any way you can teach him, learning all the parts of the liturgy and their significance. He’ll even learn to take pride in his appearance.

But most importantly your sons will learn holy reverence and respect.

Isn’t that worth putting your foot down? In a few years you’ll thank me when you have a wonderfully polite young man accompanying you to mass.

You’re welcome.
*Altar Boy 1.0 included the use of girls and proved ineffective.


Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat/2014/05/from-johnny-rotten-to-johnny-reverent-in-one-easy-step.html#ixzz332b5NS1x
Some results.  It can't get any better.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Archbishop Sample: "A Summer of Change". What's Going on at the Archdiocese of Portland?


A summer of change
Archbishop Alexander K. Sample
Catholic Sentinel June 30, 2014
http://www.catholicsentinel.org/images/cleardot.gif
 

It is almost a cliché to say that “no one likes change.”  
I don’t know if that is true or not for most people, but one thing I do know: 
Change, even when it is needed, is not always easy.

We have been going through some very significant changes at the Pastoral Center, the “headquarters,”

if you will,of the Archdiocese of Portland, serving the many parishes and schools of western Oregon. 
I can say without hesitation that these changes are not easy,
but that they are timely and needed for us to move forward with the work of the New Evangelization
 in this local Church.

When I first arrived here as the new Archbishop over a year ago, I decided that I would spend my

first year getting to know this local Archdiocese of Portland.  I did the best I could to listen, observe
and learn. 
This involved assessing the current state of affairs, both within the Pastoral Center offices
and throughout the Archdiocese in western Oregon. 
 It also included an attempt to objectively identify the needs of this local community of faith in the
Archdiocese.

Coupled with the above, I have spent much time in prayer and reflection on the mission that

the Lord Jesus has entrusted to me here as the shepherd called to minister to and lead this local
Church according the mind and heart of the Good Shepherd.  I am by no means perfect in this regard,
and I do not individually enjoy the charism of infallibility (just ask my mother!), but as they say,
my heart is in the right place. 
I desire only what God wants for us and what will help us all achieve the goal of our faith, i.e. salvation.

I have already identified some of my top priorities moving forward.  They include, but are not limited
to the following:  The education, catechesis and faith formation of our people, from the earliest days
of childhood and into the senior years; the revitalization, renewal and reform of the divine worship we
offer God in the sacred liturgy and in the sacraments of the Church; and the service of charity to all
of our brothers and sisters most in need.  Included in all of this is an acute awareness of and
attentiveness to the cultural diversity present in our local Church.

These are the “three fronts” of the New Evangelization, i.e. faith formation, divine worship and the

service of charity.  There are many other needs, for example marriage and family life and young adult
ministry, but they are essentially related to these three areas of focus.

After spending my first year here, I decided to bring in outside consultants who are experts in the

reorganization and restructuring of Church entities.  They came to us highly recommended by others,
and they have proven to be invaluable in helping us assess the current state of affairs and chart a way
forward. 

In all honesty,  they confirmed in many instances my own observations, but also surfaced some
other things of which I was unaware.

As a result of this study, my assessment of their observations and recommendations, and my

own observations over this past year, we have begun to implement significant changes in our
Pastoral Center operations. 
We do this in order to better respond to current needs and to be more effective in responding
to those needs, keeping a sharp focus on the mission of the Church and the priorities that have been
identified.

A major part of this reorganization involves changes in staffing.  In order to allow me to move ahead

with this new vision and plans for our future together, several key staff persons are departing their
service as employees of the Archdiocese.  

In addition, one long time employee has taken the opportunity
to retire. All have agreed to assist us for a month with the transition.

I want to publicly and sincerely express my gratitude to these fine individuals for their years of

faithful service to Christ and his Church here in the Archdiocese.  We will be forever grateful for
the contributions they have made to build up the Body of Christ.  Their departure should in no way
diminish their significant roles in the story of this local Church.

So, change is difficult and involves some sense of loss as we see longtime friends depart.  It is to this

point that I wish to express one final point.  I suppose it is natural to see such deep and significant
 changes as being somehow a criticism or rejection of the past.  I sincerely do not want it to be seen
in this way.  I have nothing but the deepest respect and gratitude for these fine people.  Almost all of
them were here during some very difficult and challenging times for the Archdiocese.

It is largely due to their dedication and hard work that this local Church came back from bankruptcy
and began to rebuild.

But with changing times come changing priorities and needs.  For us to move forward and meet

the challenges we face today and in the future, reorganization and “re-tooling” are needed at this time. 

It is with a tremendous sense of mission and enthusiasm that we move forward together.  There will
be some restructuring of the offices even as we begin to fill vacated positions and staff new positions. 
I humbly ask your prayers as we begin to rebuild and look to a future full of hope.
And please remember the staff members who are leaving and their families.  May they find a new path
as God continues to lead and guide them.