Wednesday, January 9, 2008
As we look back on 2007 we thank the Dear Lord for giving us grace to persevere through many obstacles. We remember:
How at the 2007 Session of the legislature Catholic values were not as well represented as they should have been by Roger Martin the lobbyist for Oregon Catholic Conference who had voted to legalize abortion as a legislator in 1969 and sponsored a bill in 1973 against parental or a husbands notification before an abortion of a child or wife.
How our chancellor, Mary Jo Tully, who is the on the Ethics Board of Catholic hospitals, didn't submit testimony in the 2007 session to fight for the life of children at the earliest stage regarding Emergency Contraception.
How the Archdiocese has still not disclosed the letter from Oakland's Bishop Vigneron showing that he did indeed approve of homosexual activist priest, Father Jim Schexnayder and his scandalous homosexual workshop at St. Philip Neri parish.
How the Justice and Peace Office has tens of thousands of dollars in her budget and the Respect Life Office has none.
How our battle still rages against Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon participating churches and them allowing "masses" for Toni Tortorilla, the "first ordained woman" (impossible, VOCAL) in the Archdiocese. And how the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council still says that we should be involved with this pro-abortion/pro-homosexual group of Churches.
GOOD NEWS - Our faith in Jesus Christ and His Church won many battles in this spiritual warfare.
The embryonic stem cell/cloning bill lost by one vote. Even though Oregon Catholic Conference didn't lobby against this, Oregon Right to Life fought hard and had their conference speaker Father Tad Pacholczyk from the National Catholic Bioethics Center, stay two more days and change the course of this vote.
The two referenda petition drives for the right to vote on "Domestic Partnerships" and "sexual behavior/activity as a protected minority status" truly succeeded. Thousands of Catholics, Protestants from different backgrounds came together to gather 130,000 signatures, all voluntary, in a true ecumenical effort, and NO DEBT.
Sidenote -- February 1st a judge will determine whether the "domestic partnerships" will be voted on without another signature drive...the signature drive to put "sexual activity/behavior" with no definition WILL go forward. So....keep praying.
The Right to Life is still alive and well in the pews. Even though this is not a top priority with the Archdiocese, the Life is Sacred conference coming up on January 26th at the Expo Center will have thousands of lovers of life gathering. And the churches that have respect life offices are doing such good works to save lives.
We had a very successful "Justice in Pieces" series of workshops with Oregon Catholics understanding how dangerous to our souls the Saul Alinsky/Chicago/Portland connection is. We are learning and acting on this education. For a CD contact me and I'll send it out....
This year is one where we will need more perseverance aka "persisting in anything undertaken; maintaining a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly."
Posted by VOCAL at 3:33 PM
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Archbishop Vlazny fell back on information by Sister Rita Rae Schneider, who was very psychological in her very cryptic letter (not signed, as if it were copied and pasted), but not maternally protective and dismissed our concerns. Mom's know best. There just aren't any in leadership in the Archdiocese that I can think of who are pro-children to the core.
And remember when I was "escorted out" of the Pastoral Center when I mentioned a meeting with the School Superintendent, Bob Mizia, to discuss an opt out form that Cathy Shannon, the Safe Environments director said was not a parental option in all cases. So.....let's keep on our knees. For me too please.
I pray that you had a wonderful Christmas Season and Happy New Year. It's going to be a good one serving Jesus Christ and His Church.
On Sunday April 24th 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended this prayer be used by all Catholics as a prayer for the Church when he said:
Posted by VOCAL at 10:54 AM