Thursday, February 12, 2009

Archdpdx Lobbyist voted to LEGALIZE ABORTION / Sample Letter to Balance the Scales of Justice

Dear Advocates for LIfe,

During the 2007 Legislative Session VOCAL reported that Roger Martin, the replacement lobbyist for long
time Oregon Catholic Confererence's Bob Castagna, voted to legalize abortion when he was a legislator in 1969. Abortion became legal in Oregon after that vote.

OR Catholics Silenced on LIFE
In 1970, Martin sponsored a bill to bar husbands or parents from being informed when an abortion was to be performed on the wife/child. That bill failed, but how responsible is he for the fact that we now have NO parental notification? There has been no confirmation from the Archdiocese or fellow lobbyists that he has changed his views.

The Respect Life Office has NO slice of the Archbishops Catholic Appeal (ACA) and has had no budget allocated for many years. It seems incomprehensible that Roger Martin was hired again and according to the ACA pie chart receives 1% of the $3,6400.00 or $36,400.

The "Imitation of Christ" Appeal title has justice for unborn children, the elderly and vulnerable eclipsed by justice for the environment and other non-foundational issues that are budgeted with 3% of the Appeal Funds or $109,200 through the Office of Justice and Peace.

Because of the frustration from information about the lack of justice for innocent human life, I was asked to put together a sample letter to the Archdiocese. This is just to get people started.

This sample letter will be attached with the timeline for the Appeal, intercessions and scripts to use at mass. All these "reminders" cost money and last year it was almost $350,000 just to get it done. Eleven to twelve babies are killed through abortion each day in Oregon. How many Catholic babies are in these numbers? How many babies would this "reminder" money save? Something's very wrong.

God Bless you and yours,

"Poor human reason, when it trusts itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts."
St. John Chrysosotom, Doctor of the Church

Friday, February 6, 2009

"A New Scandal Brewing in Portland Archdiocese?" The Tip of the Iceberg?

Dear Advocates for Life, VOCAL is passing on this information with the authors okay.


"Many of us have been treated in this same harsh manner from the Archdiocese of Portland. And, in this instance there seems to be little from the Archdiocese to make this fellow Catholic believe that anything will be done about this new scandal. He has agreed to share this with you for this reason alone.

This information exposes many issues on accountability and Christ-like behavior that seems to be missing. More will be revealed as investigation proceeds.

As you see, district attorneys are involved. Mishandling of our collection plate monies might also be an issue, as is a cover-up. Included are two emails, a copy of the Oregon Corporations Non-Profit information and the applicable Code of Canon laws 1740 and 1741 below. "A New Scandal Brewing in Portland"

My dear brother Knights, KAST will be airing even more "revelations" regarding Fr. Ted at 8AM tomorrow morning. This afternoon I had a unbelievable conversation with Bud Bunce the official spokesman for the Archdiocese. So much so that I decided to write to Bill O'Reilly to ask him to look into this scandal. Yes, this is a scandal. Fr. Ted's now self-admitted relationship with Antonia Valdes and his covering it up and lying to his parish is scandal.

The renewal of their relationship while he was preparing for ordination and the forming of a non profit in 2003 that is now the focus of Archdiocesan and Criminal investigations and his admission, from the pulpit, that Antonia Valdes is not really the nun that he himself told people she was is so fraught with the conditions that can cause scandal and grave harm to the Church that the conditions required for removal in Canon Laws 1740 and 1741 cannot be ignored.

But the Archdiocese has decided that this is nothing more than an accounting issue. As you read my letter to O'Reilly pay attention to what Mr. Bunce said they would say about me. This is from the Public Spokesman for our Archdiocese.

In effect, we'll destroy you. The plain and simple situation is that the Archdiocese is not going to admit that they ignored the pleadings of the parishioners for at least two years about these issues. Witness my rebuff from the Superintendent of Education last year. Mr. Bunce told me that they had no idea that parishioners were upset about these problems. What CRAP. Well, if this becomes a national story with all the horrible consequences that will follow, you can look directly at the Chancellery in Portland for the answer as to why.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, has been learned since we went bankrupt. I ask that you pray that the Archbishop will come to his senses and end this ordeal for our brothers and sisters at St. Mary, Star of the Sea. Second Email to Bill O'Reilly To: Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 6:07 PM Subject: A New Scandal Brewing in Oregon Archdiocese?

Bill, I know you were very involved in the Boston Archdiocese situation and the poor handling of the scandals. It seems the Archdiocese of Portland has not learned much since the sex scandals that forced it into bankruptcy. The Daily Astorian on Friday, Jan 30, reported the Clatsop County District Attorney has opened an investigation into allegations of financial irregularities at St Mary, Star of the Sea Parish that appear to involve the Pastor's relationship with a mystery "nun" at the parish. It now transpires that the "nun" is not a nun but a woman with whom the Pastor had a relationship with prior to his entering a seminary in 1998.

It is alleged that they set up a non profit organization called "Nuestro Futuro" (A New Future) and that parish funds in the tens of thousands of dollars were given to this organization. Allegations are that up to half a million dollars, including bequeathals, may be involved. Parishioners and persons involved with the school tried without success for up to two years to get the Archdiocese to look into these problems.

The Archdiocese did nothing. It was not until it was discovered that the Pastor had gone to his family and obtained $23,000 to cover funds he had "borrowed". Last July I personally asked the Archdiocesan Superintendent of Schools to look into the financial affairs of the parish school. He actually told me he was tired of the subject and didn't want to talk about it! The local radio station KAST (Tom Freel) reported in two articles on its website some sordid details pertaining to the Pastor and the "nun". The Archdiocese has actually relieved the Pastor of his financial responsibilities but has unbelievably decided to keep him as Pastor until July or, get this, until he is indicted!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, that was the message the Parochial Vicar delivered to the Parish Council on Friday night. Can you imagine going to Mass and having to receive the sacraments from this Pastor under these circumstances? The parish and school are in meltdown. The priest rebuked the parishioners today from the pulpit and blamed "vindictive" school parents for the his problems. He then amazingly told the congregation that, no, the "nun" really wasn't a nun but she was a "Sister of God" and that the parishioners should not judge their hearts (???????!!!!!!!!!!)

People walked out of the church literally in shock. I called the Archdiocesan spokesman, Bud Bunce, and asked him how long the Archdiocese was going to let this go on. Why doesn't the Archbishop get him out of the parish? He then told me in a condescending manner that there are "procedures" that have to be followed and that I didn't understand Canon Law. I asked if there might be some "procedures" that could be invoked in emergency cases. (There are. See Canon Law 1740 and 1741). He said the Archdiocese is not considering this an emergency case. One wonders what in this Archdiocese would constitute an emergency.

 Business as usual, I suppose, in Portland. I then said you guys are just begging for O'Reilly to come in on this. He said fine, call O'Reilly, we'll call you a nut. I then asked him if the Archdiocese was aware of the allegations of the KAST reporter and he said "What allegations"? I said you don't know about the KAST allegations? I asked him what planet are you living on? I said Its all over the town. I then told him of what KAST had reported. While he was telling me that the Archdiocese was doing everything it could on the matter he wasn't even aware of the explosive nature of these allegations. I said you've got to be kidding.

He then said "We don't pay attention to stuff like that". Then he hung up on me. ( I'll admit I was very agitated with his blasé attitude). Bill, I'm not making this up. Can you imagine an Archdiocese that just went through hell on the sex scandals allowing something like this to play out the way it is doing now? I'm the grandparent of students in the school and a member of the neighboring parish. My admission of this to Mr. Bunce elicited a remark to the effect that it was then none of my business. I know this is about a small parish in Oregon. But it appears that nothing has changed here in the Archdiocese of Oregon. I think a harsh dose of sunlight may be necessary.

Read the Astorian article and absolutely read the articles on the KAST website ( If you then have interest, I will gladly fill you in what is going on here and the principals in the matter. Somebody has to hold these people accountable. The school's teachers may walk out tomorrow.

Long time Fourth degree Knights have decided to leave the parish. This story has long, long legs. It is not really about a parish. It is about an Archdiocese.

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SECTION II: THE PROCEDURE FOR THE REMOVAL OR TRANSFER OF PARISH PRIESTS (Cann. 1740 - 1752) CHAPTER I : THE PROCEDURE FOR THE REMOVAL OF PARISH PRIESTS Can. 1740 When the ministry of any parish priest has for some reason become harmful or at least ineffective, even though this occurs without any serious fault on his part, he can be removed from the parish by the diocesan Bishop.

Can. 1741 The reasons for which a parish priest can lawfully be removed from his parish are principally: 1° a manner of acting which causes grave harm or disturbance to ecclesiastical communion; 2° ineptitude or permanent illness of mind or body, which makes the parish priest unequal to the task of fulfilling his duties satisfactorily; 3° the loss of the parish priest's good name among upright and serious-minded parishioners, or aversion to him, when it can be foreseen that these factors will not quickly come to an end 4° grave neglect or violation of parochial duties, which persists after a warning; 5° bad administration of temporal goods with grave harm to the Church, when no other remedy can be found to eliminate this harm
Can. 1742 §1 If an investigation shows that there exists a reason mentioned in Can. 1740, the Bishop is to discuss the matter with two parish priests from a group stably chosen for this purpose by the council of priests, at the proposal of the Bishop. If he then believes that he should proceed with the removal, the Bishop must, for validity, indicate to the parish priest the reason and the arguments, and persuade him in a fatherly manner to resign his parish within fifteen days. God Bless you and yours, Carolyn "When there is an imminent danger for the Faith, Prelates must be questioned, even publicly, by their subjects." -St. Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stop Pro-Life Censorship

Dear Advocates for Life, Over seven thousand citizens of Oregon in downtown PDX at the Roe VS Wade Memorial Rally and virtually ignored by the media. We truly are the invisible people...the marginalized...the shunned...the CENSORED. Many have asked what to do, how to contact the media, so here's a first step: Let your voice be heard. Here is a link to make things easier for you to contact Oregon media. Newspapers published in Oregon Selected periodicals published in Oregon Oregon radio stations Oregon commercial television stations Oregon public/educational radio and television stations God Bless you and yours, Carolyn Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." Romans 12:19 VOCAL Voice of Catholics Advocating Life PO Box 458 Sublimity, OR 97385 503-769-4767 Member of the Catholic Media Coalition "In line with the Church, on-line with the World".

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pro-Life Power : 7,000 at Pioneer Courthouse Square PDX

Dear Advocates for Life, History was made at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Sunday, when over seven-thousand cold, but warm hearted pro-lifers gathered for Oregon Right to Life's Annual Roe VS Wade Memorial Rally. There might not be any media coverage, so enjoy these pictures sent to me by Cheri Crocker of Salem. Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, spoke to Christan News Northwest before the event: "We see God's sovereignty in this.....Our board made the decision that we wanted to make it bigger and take it to the heart of downtown Portland. They need the message of life more than any other city in the state of Oregon. We made this decision early in the year, but in retrospect, with the results from the election, I'm happier than ever that we made it." Coming into Portland did bring a little confrontation, but this too was expected and showed stark contrast to what the saving the pre-born children is all about. Maybe hearing the speakers made a small conversion in their conscience. One sign said "God is invisible"...held by a young woman...let's pray that she "saw" him in those at the rally. God Bless you and yours, Carolyn "Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts." Saint John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church VOCAL Voice of Catholics Advocating Life PO Box 458 Sublimity, OR 97385 503-769-4767 Member of the Catholic Media Coalition "In line with the Church, on-line with the World".

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bishop Robert Vasa, "Those who say they love God, but back abortion, are liars."

Dear Advocates for Life... No confusion here. His Excellency Robert F. Vasa comforts us with the Truth. No gray area for Our Lord. The Pro-Life "Lite" shams perpetrated upon Catholics in the pews to hijack the true meaning of being Pro-life cannot stand up to the Roman Catholic Church teaching that will NEVER CHANGE. Thank you Bishop Vasa for truly loving God. "Preach, my dear Bishops, like the Fathers of the Church. The first duty of a bishop is to preach, not only to administer a diocese. The Church needs to see and hear bishops preaching like the Fathers of the Church." by Father Marcel Nault Those who profess to love God, but back abortion, are liars By Bishop Robert Vasa BEND — The Mass readings for the week between Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord are taken from the First Letter of St. John. These readings are not always used for it often happens, depending upon the day on which Christmas falls, that the season of ordinary time begins immediately after the celebration of Epiphany. This year, however, the occurrence of Christmas allowed for a full week between these two post-Christmas celebrations and thus the readings from St. John's first letter. As often happens, the daily Mass readings are both appealing and challenging. The reading of Thursday from I John 4:19ff is particularly appropriate in this year when the life issues are very much on the minds of pro-life persons. The reason for the increased awareness and even concern on the part of the pro-life community is the specter of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which is highly rumored to be in the works at the federal level. It is this act which has stimulated the bishops of the United States to launch a massive postcard campaign calling upon the House and Senate to abandon FOCA. While further details about the dramatic impact of FOCA on our American culture can be found in many places, I will simply say that it would establish abortion as a federally protected right and, as I understand it, preclude state limitation or regulation of abortion. Further, since abortion would be a federally protected right, it is very possible that even Catholic health care institutions and Catholic Physicians would be mandated to provide this heinous service. Thus I strongly urge all who have a glimmer of concern for the lives of pre-born children to engage themselves in this postcard campaign. This is not an action which would limit or alter present permissive abortion laws, which some so-called Catholic pro-choice persons might object to, it would simply preclude a dramatic expansion of that permissiveness. Thus it would be very difficult for any Catholic, no matter how much in favor of abortion itself, to find a reason to refuse to participate in this campaign. At the same time, I do not see how any Catholic senator or representative could vote for the passage of FOCA without recognizing that such a vote would constitute a direct and intentional declaration of their disdain for Catholic teaching. Such a vote would be tantamount to a public declaration of their intention to abandon the Catholic faith. It would be imperative that the faith consequences of such a declaration be allowed to fall fully on the heads of those who would make it. The writing from St. John applies: "Beloved, we love God because He first loved us. If anyone says, 'I love God,' but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from Him: Whoever loves God must also love his brother." We of the Catholic faith certainly know that love of God is central to our tenets, this is the appealing part. It is hard to imagine a Catholic saying, "I am a Catholic in good standing but I do not love God." But the inspired scriptures tell us that whoever does not love his brother or neighbor does not and, indeed, cannot love God. This is the challenging part. The people of Jesus' day understood this and it was this understanding that prompted them to ask, "And who is my neighbor?" For all of us, and especially for Catholic legislators in every strata of government, it is necessary to declare, in conformity with the Natural Law and the teaching of the Catholic Church that, the pre-born child is our brother, our sister, our neighbor! It may sound a little strong to state that legislators "hate" the pre-born child but hate is an absence of love and love means to wish another well. There is nothing about abortion that wishes the pre-born child well. The preservation of abortion "rights" is already an absence of love for the pre-born child but the passage of FOCA could be construed as nothing less than active and positive disregard, even hatred, for these our brothers and sisters. To paraphrase St. John, "If anyone says, 'I love God,' but votes for FOCA, thus showing a disregard for his pre-born brother or sister, he is a liar." Lots of things can be rationalized in government but I do not see any way in which any Catholic could rationalize or justify an affirmative vote for FOCA. It is not necessary for your postcards to be as outspoken as this bishop but you do have an obligation to participate in this concerted effort to show love for the tiniest and most defenseless of our brothers and sisters. President-elect Obama made it very clear, prior to the election, that he would happily sign FOCA and the millions of Catholics who voted for him hopefully did so for reasons other than this promise and certainly not because of it. It seems to me that it is particularly incumbent upon these same voters to make it clearly known to their representatives that their vote may not in any way be taken as a sign of support for FOCA. Another way in which we show our affirmative love for our pre-born brothers and sisters is by way of our annual memorial on Jan. 22. This year the Diocesan Office of Pro-life Activities has scheduled a rosary and Mass at St. Joseph's in Prineville on Thursday evening, Jan. 22. The rosary will commence at 6:30 p.m. with Mass beginning at 7 p.m. While I recognize that many parishes host similar memorial Masses to pray for the two-fold victims of abortion, the child and the mother, I invite any who can to join me at the rosary and Mass at St. Joseph's in Prineville. Regardless of how many years have passed since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court Decision and regardless of how prevalent and routine abortion has become in this country, the simple truth remains, it is an act of extreme violence to the pre-born child and to the distressed mother. Thus, if anyone says, "I love God" and still favors abortion, he is, to quote St. John, a liar. May we all live out faithfully what it means to love God. ******************************************************************************************************* The above article mentions Diocese of Baker events...Please remember the Roe VS Wade Rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Sunday, January 18th from 2-3pm. Come early and stay late to meet old friends and make new folks. This is truly an ecumenical ministry in Oregon that puts Christ in the center. God Bless you and yours, Carolyn One of the greatest Fathers of the Church, Patron of all Catholic Preachers St. John Chrysostom said: "Few bishops are saved and many priests are Damned." VOCAL Voice of Catholics Advocating Life PO Box 458 Sublimity, OR 97385 503-769-4767 Member of the Catholic Media Coalition "In line with the Church, on-line with the World".