Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Letters to Matt Cato Office of Justice and Peace from Concerned OR Catholic.

VOCAL says. Tomorrow morning I'm having my aortic valve replaced and another procedure to help my chronic atrial fibrillation. I've been quiet for a while, sitting on many things as I deal with this congenital condition found on a fluke. I ask for your prayers and forgive any typos, I have to get up early.

We need to open our hearts to the stirring of the Holy Spirit and rely on His words that He will never leave us. He will lead us through these dark valleys we all face in our bodies and souls. His Divine Will be done.

This correspondence was sent to me and I was given permission to share this with you. I have been waiting to see if our new Office of Justice and Peace/Respect Life Director Matt Cato and Father Tim Mockaitis the Respect Life Assistant Director would be any different from the over thirty years we've endured directors with an Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon mentality that has nothing to do with the Catholic Church. Please look at the links for documentation.

I want to thank Matt Cato for showing up at the Oregon Right to Life conference and going to a couple of workshops. This is the first time I've ever heard of a Justice and Peace director at an ORTL conference. Here comes the "BUT", as you will note in the correspondence, Matt has no clue about saving the unborn, contraception, cloning, fetal harvesting, buying eggs and sperm from college students, selling baby body parts, mixing human and animal DNA, death panels, assisted suicide, fetal homicide in hospitals, the depression, drug addiction etc, of most post abortive women and the pain unborn suffer during abortions, etc. As you will read: Matt Cato "would like more pro-life people to take positive stances towards life, to be for something." (UNREAL.VOCAL)

It is a travesty that once again Catholic Collection plate money goes to pay the salary, perks, insurance, retirement, confidence in him etc. to someone who has the term Respect Life added to his title and has NO CLUE.

It saddens me that according to attendees even at these L,P and J meetings for the Archdiocese, Fr. Mockaitis has not attended any meetings, nor do I believe he has a Respect Life Committee in his parish Queen of Peace in Salem. Matt Cato's parish St. Juan Diego has the Faith Cafe, with EMO churches, http://www.stjuandiego.org/social_justice.htm and encourages "sustainability" which is code speak for population control in most links regarding this. Plus they don't have a standing pro-life committee.

Once again the 35 Oregon babies die each day without the Catholic church opening it 's mouth.
Archbishop Vlazny speaks at the ORTL rally each year, but has given no money to Oregon Right to Life or to the Father Taaffe homes while Father was alive. He was VOCAL's spiritual director and told me.


HERE"S THE CORRESPONDENCE. THANKS DAVID FOR YOUR COURAGE AND HOLY BOLDNESS. He has highlighted his letters, VOCAL makes comments as noted.
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MAY 4th, 2010

Hi Matt, 

In your Newsletter you have a list of "Recommended Events Around the Archdiocese" that you think we should attend. By our attendance at these events we would indicate that we agree with the purpose of the event and goals of those sponsoring the event. I am wondering if you took the time to read the flyer for the May 1 demonstration and the web site of the organization sponsoring the event. (flyer shown below)

Blog link - http://www.maydaypdx.blogspot.com/

Does the Archdiocese agree with the statements that appear in the flyer and with the goals and objectives of the various organizations that are listed on this blog? Do you have a clue what these organizations are trying to accomplish? Do you think there is one pro life organization listed on the blog?

I can't imagine why I would attend. The reasons you list for attending do not explain what this demonstration is really all about - the promotion of socialism and Marxist ideology. Do we want to achieve worker rights in the same manner that were used in the former USSR - the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Workers in these countries came under control of dictatorships and were merely slaves to the state and the working conditions and pay were miserable.
 
Do you think we should be like communist Cuba? There will be a May Day demonstration in Cuba. Should we support the Cuban demonstration? What is the difference between the Cuban May Day demonstration and the Portland demonstration? 

Think of the millions who died in the past as the result brutal socialist-Marxist regimes. You may say this is not about the promotion of socialism-Marxism . Just look on the blog. It reeks with organizations that promote socialism. 

The Catholic Church should not participate in any way in a May Day demonstration of this nature.

Wouldn't be better if the Archdiocese came up with a stand alone program that did not link the Catholic Church with the progressive socialist-Marxist movement. That program should be true to the peace and justice teaching of the Catholic Church as well as the promotion of the civil rights of the unborn. By doing this I believe more Catholics would be motivated in participating in a meaningful way. 

Sincerely,
David Lacheck
St. John Fisher Parish


From Matt Cato

Hello David,

Thank you for your comments. I'm not sure if we have met but I had worked with your daughter, my wife and I had attended SJF for years until we moved, and lots of my inlaws are parishioners. I'm really glad that Father Forbes is doing so well.

We are supporting this because one of the specific issues that the U.S. Bishop is focused on is immigration reform. One of the Archbishop's priorties is immigration reform. We do not support protests but we can support peaceful marches and vigils on worthy causes: the rights of immigrants is one such cause. (is this a one issue focus? No Archdiocesan promotion like it regarding Pro-Life issues VOCAL)

May I ask what you mean by progressive socialist-Marxist movement? Would you mind defining it for me so I understand your point correctly? I was also uncertain about "progressive" since most people consider that the opposite is "conservative" and Jesus was not a conservative. Nor was Jesus a capitalist. (note: this is the Jim Wallis/Soujournors take on Jesus, I don't know if they believe HE's actually God and not to be limited to the small minds of human creatures relatating the God of the Universe.VOCAL)

I wonder if you understand the implications of your comment that we don't want to be like Cuba and since Cuba has a May Day demonstration (this is not a demonstration) then we should not have a May Day march. If Cuba celebrated birthdays should we then not celebrate birthdays? Since the national sport of Cuba is baseball should we then not participate in or support baseball? (strange comparisons...off the subject VOCAL)

This support in no way diminishes the fervor we have against abortion but we'd also like to see more pro-life people take positive stances towards life, to be for something.(VOCAL - Deer in the headlight moment. This proves Matt Cato knows next to nothing about pro-life people and what we do. He should have listened to the whole conference. This was the topic of one of the workshops at the Oregon Right to Life conference last weekend. Matt was invited to speak at a breakfast before the ORTL conference held for all Pro-life Committee members.  He would not attend IF I attended.  So I did not. But to his credit stayed for a little while at the Oregon Right to Life Conference. He has not been seen at one since to my knowledge. Fr. Mockitis was absent.)

Again, thank you for expressing your concerns. And if you have the time I would like to know what you mean by socialist-Marxist.

Thank you David.

Peace,

Matt Cato
Office of Justice and Peace/Respect Life
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Archdiocese of Portland
2838 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214
503.233.8361
mcato@archdpdx.org
justiceandpeace@archdpdx.org
www.archdpdx.org/jprespect

Hi Matt,

Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my email. You must be very busy. I did not realize you and your family were past members of SJF. Unfortunately SJF does not have a Respect for Life Committee and no one has been appointed to represent the parish in pro life matters. I did attend the ORTL meeting and saw you but you were speaking to other people at the time. Also, I meet you when you conducted an informational meeting with the St Cecilia SOL group earlier in the year.

I am more than happy to answer your question as to what I mean by progressive socialist-marxist movement. Here are a couple examples from links on the maydaypdx blog. They represent what I mean with respect to socialist-Marxist. They tell us what they represent.

The International Socialist Organization says the following in part:

"We stand in the Marxist tradition, founded by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, and continued by V.I. Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg and Leon Trotsky.

A socialist society would not only take away the existing wealth of the ruling class, but also its economic control over the world. The means of production--the factories, offices, mines, and so on--would be owned by all of society. Under the current system, important economic decisions are left to the chaos of the free market and to the blind competition of capitalists scrambling for profits. Under socialism, the majority of people would plan democratically what to do and how do it."

The Freedom Socialist Party writes the following:

"THE FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY IS a revolutionary, socialist feminist organization, dedicated to the replacement of capitalist rule by a genuine workers' democracy that will guarantee full economic, social, political, and legal equality to women, people of color, gays, and all who are exploited, oppressed, and repelled by the profit system and its offshoot -- imperialism."

I am not aware of any Marxist or socialist organization or institution that opposes abortion. Are you? If so let me know. Also I don't see how these organizations are connected to immigration reform or the teachings of the Catholic Church.

As far as progressive is concerned I can only say that I do not know what a progressive stands for. Hilary Clinton says she is a progressive as do 83 members of congress who form the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Something must differentiate a progressive from a Democrat (no Republicans are members of the Caucus) otherwise there would be no reason to form the caucus. I would like to paraphrase G. K. Chesterton from his book Orthodoxy: "Proclaiming to be a progressive implies that one is moving toward an ideal goal and that it must be fixed. The only intelligible sense that progress or advance can have among men, is that they have a definite vision, and that they wish to make the whole world like that vision."

I have not seen or heard a person who claims to be a progressive identify a vision or a definite and fixed goal that the progressive is moving toward. However, all of those politicians who call themselves progressives, as far as I know, are pro abortion, pro homosexual marriage,pro embryonic stem cell research and pro euthanasia. And it seems to me they are dedicated in increasing the power of the federal government and ignoring the constitution whenever possible.

If you are aware of a politician who claims to be a progressive and is for an end to abortion and smaller government please send me the name of this person.

I consider all three, progressives, socialists and Marxists to be movements with similar objectives, as noted above, and these objectives are in direct opposition to the doctrines, dogmas and teaching of the Catholic Church and as such we should not be marching with people in these movements in a May Day demonstration. (a public meeting or march protesting against something or expressing views on a political issue. - from my dictionary.)


You made a comment about Cuba. In Cuba and other communist countries May Day parades express the view that Communism is a good thing. This is what May Day has been about since Lenin took control of Russia. Why should Catholics take part in a demonstration/celebration that promotes communism? Where is the connection to immigration reform?

Baseball and birthdays are not in anyway express political ideas and thus you are not making an apple to orange comparison.

You state: "This support in no way diminishes the fervor we have against abortion but we'd also like to see more pro-life people take positive stances towards life, to be for something. This was the topic of one of the workshops at the Oregon Right to Life".

Would you please explain what you mean by "positive stances toward life, to be for something". It sounds like a complaint of some kind to me.

I am for the following:

As noted below in my original letter I am for a Life/Peace/Justice (LPJ) campaign supported and funded by the Archdiocese that is a "stand alone" effort not connected with organizations that are not in agreement with the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding abortion and social teaching.

That effort should have a clear mission statement and contain outlined goals and objectives that are on line available to all who wish to view them. ( a five year plan make sense to me)  Abortion should be given equal attention in such a program. 

The program should be aggressively promoted with a requirement that all parishes participate. 

Posters and flyers could be created in the local Catholic schools by students. Awards could be given to the student with comes up with the best original flyer and poster. (of course this is not new it comes right from ORTL)

Parishes that excel in increasing parishioner involvement should be given special recognition (Perhaps a visit by our Archbishop) for their accomplishments. There would have to be a sensitivity to not over selling the program so as not to give parishioners the feeling they were being forced into the program.

I am in favor of writing letters (news releases) to local media informing them of LPJ activities that have helped people. Parishioners who have a gift for writing could be asked to participate.

Different parishes in the Archdiocese should be sharing ideas, information and accomplishments as well as failures. In part this could be done in vicariate meetings that have LPJ as part of the agenda.

In my original email asked a number of questions which you did not answer. I do hope you respond to the questions.

I close with the following from Mother Teresa of Calcutta to the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC, Feb. 1994

Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.
Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today - abortion which brings people to such blindness.

Sincerely,
David Lacheck

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Thank you David for your wisdom and love of Our Faith and the Dear Lord. So far there has been no further conversations that I know of. When they are available if they come...you'll know.  VOCAL


3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
3:18 He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
3:19 And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil.
3:20 For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved.
3:21 But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God.
The Book of John, the Words of Christ

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

With EMO, IT'S A WASH..

Archbishop Vlanzy came to the defense of the Holy Father and the Church last week by asking for a boycott of the Oregonian by his priests.. Please read the link if you haven't already.
AB Vlazny Asks Priests to Boycott

If that wasn't enough, when alerted to the fact that Call to Action NW was having "Father Roy Bourgeois", an excommunicated priest, speak at the Ecumenical Minisitries of Oregon affiliated Central Lutheran Church in PDX and would use Zeller's Chapel of the Roses parking lot for this event, the Archdiocese reacted strongly.
Call to Action Slips? Through


"Father" Roy just called for the resignation of the Holy Father because of the recent scandals
 Why No Boycott of pro-woman's ordination Roy Bourgeois
This on the heels of Archbishop Vlazny's Oregonian cancellation boycott.

According to Call to Action, if Zeller's allowed the parking lot to be used for this event, the Archbishop would call for a boycott of Zeller's. The Call to Action folks might be confused because when Fr. Roy came in 2008 staff from the Archdpdx was present.

The anti-Catholic event includes two "women priests" from Oregon. One Toni Tortorilla, is a long time friend of the Archdpdx and worked for the Griffin Center and the Catholic Counseling Center at one time. The other gal is Sandra DeMaster from McMinnville who apparently has served as a pastoral associate for many years in a priestless parish. Suzanne Thiel and Ruth Broerki ("married" to Ms. Toni Tortorilla) are the other two self professed "women priests" in Oregon. Women "Ordained" at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon chruch

Zeller's was an innocent in this event and has allowed Central Lutheran Church use it's parking facilities for the Call to Action meetings for a long time. They had no idea that this anti-Catholic group was involved. Their kindness was being used. Now, Call to Action NW is very upset. They might picket Zeller's.

To support these actions by the Archbishop and Zeller's please give them a call of support. Maybe this is a move forward for a break in the Archdiocese of Porltand and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's long sorted history. Their affiliates are pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, liberation theology, enviromental theology churches. We have no business supporting them...but that's another email.

Since these events are being held, "women ordinations" etc, in EMO churches and not Roman Catholic ones, the Archbishop has no power, it seems. Even though EMO "advertises" very proudly that the Archdiocese of Portland is an affiliate, but dissents on most moral grounds with us, we still keep paying them money to belong.
Ecumnenical Ministries of Oregon


Archbishop Vlanzy contact info:
2838 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214-1895
(503) 234-5334
His secretary's email: rjohnson@archdpdx.org

Zeller's Chapel of the Roses
2107 Northeast Broadway Street
Portland, OR 97232
503-287-1155

We have to be vigilant to keep our Church safe. We are the Church Militant on earth and are called to action, the action of TRUTH. Let's encourage our Archbishop in his Holy Boldness. Now if he would just.....


Jesus says,
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Galatians 6:7-10

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bishop Vasa: The "Positively Evil" Health Care Bill

Bishop Vasa: The "Positively Evil" Health Care Bill

By John Quinn
Pewsitter.com Pewsitter - Letter from Bishop Vasa

March 27, 2010 - In an address to his  Baker Diocesan Newspaper, Bishop Robert Vasa explains why one cannot support the Health Care Bill, which funds abortion, even if one believes enormous good benefits would result.

It appears the Bishop is indirectly answering the position of Sr. Carol Keehan, President of the Catholic Health Association, that even with the abortion issue the good outweighs the bad.
The Bishop writes that not only is such a position “a serious understatement,” but also a “serious error.”

“If they were further to claim that the plan has so many other good features that an insistence on the elimination of abortion provisions is really a demand for an unrealistic “perfection” then they are in serious error.”

To clarify his point he uses the example of the importance of fidelity in marriage.
“No one would claim that a fiancee’s insistence on fidelity … is an enemy of an otherwise “good” relationship.  Absurd!  No one would counsel a fiancee to ignore the present infidelities  … on the grounds that he or she is really a good, well-intentioned person.  No, the infidelity destroys the possibility of an authentic relationship.”

No matter which side of the fence you are on for authentic health care reform, as a Catholic “the provision of abortion funding or abortion expansion destroys the very heart of health care.”  Which means that one  in good conscience cannot support the Health Care Bill.  How can true social justice include Satan’s number one attack on our society today, consisting of murdering innocent little babies?

Sometimes when writing about such controversial topics one might water down what is true, but Bishop Vasa is very clear when he says, “a plan that includes funds for the direct and intentional killing of innocent human beings is much more than imperfect, it is nothing short of positively evil.”

Although the Bishop did not mention Mr. Bart Stupak by name he does refer to his misconceived thought process.   “I do not at all believe it is legitimate to conditionally support such a plan even if there is a “promise” that the objections to abortion will be worked out once the plan is approved.”

Bishop Vasa concludes by saying , “besides involving the federal government in the business of killing pre-born children, such a policy would coerce men and women to pay for a procedure they find absolutely abhorrent.”

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Roman Catholic" Democrat Congressmen who voted Yes on "Healthcare" bill


Can.  915 Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.

Can.  916 A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible.


Here is a list sent to me by a friend who spent many hours looking into which "Catholic" Democrats voted for the Healthcare Bill that will cause many lives and go against the Catholic teachings on Subsidiarity. 

If there are errors, there shouldn't be many.  At least she deserves applause for caring.
Vote Results Of Democratic Congressman who
voted YES for Obamacare/Healthcare H R 3590
on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at 10:49PM.

   REPORT:  WHO THEY ARE

 ........................................................................
Gary Ackerman (NY)                  news publisher                             Jewish
Rob Andrews (NJ)                      college professor                        Episcopalian
Joe Baca (CA)                           public realtions                   *Roman Catholic*
Brian Baird (WA)                       college professor                         Protestant
Tammy Baldwin (WI)                 *Attorney*                                 not available
Melissa Bean (IL)                        saleswoman                         Serbian Orthodox
Xavier Becerra (CA)                 *Attorney*                                  not availiable
Shelley Berkley (NV)                 *Attorney*                                    Jewish
Howard Berman (CA)               *Attorney*                                    Jewish
Sanford Bishop (GA)                *Attorney*                                     Baptist
Tim Bishop (NY)                         college administrator         *Roman Catholic*
Earl Blumenauer (OR)               *Attorney*                                   Protestant
John Boccieri (OH)                    military officer,politician      *Roman Catholic*
Leonard Boswell (IA)                 farmer, politician                  Community of Christ
Allen Boyd, Jr. (FL)                    farmer, politician                          Methodist
Bob Brady (PA)                          union leader                         *Roman Catholic*
Bruce L. Braley (IA)                  *Attorney*                                   Presbyterian
Corrine Brown (FL)                    college professor                         Baptist
G. K. Butterfield (NC)                *Attorney* *Judge*                    Baptist
Lois Capps (CA)                          nursing instructor                       Lutheran
Mike Capuano (MA)                  *Attorney*                             *Roman Catholic*
Dennis Cardoza (CA)                  rancher-business                *Roman Catholic*
Russ Carnahan (MO)                 *Attorney*                                    Methodist
Chris Carney (PA)                        college professor                *Roman Catholic*
André Carson (IN)                         police officer                             Muslim
Kathy Castor (FL)                        *Attorney*                                 Presbyterian
Judy Chu (CA)                               college professor                      none
Yvette Clarke (NY)        economic development specialist       African Methodist
William Lacy Clay (MO)                 paralegal                                   Protestant
Emanuel Cleaver (MO)       community organizer-Mayor                Methodist
Jim Clyburn (SC)                House Majority Whip                        African Methodist
Steve Cohen (TN)                        *Attorney*                                   Jewish
Gerry Connolly (VA)                  public adminstration                *Roman Catholic*
John Conyers, Jr. (MI)                  *Attorney*                                  Baptist
Jim Cooper (TN)                          *Attorney*                                Episcopalian
Jim Costa (CA)                 farmer-long term politician              *Roman Catholic*
Jerry Costello (IL)               baliff, sheriff, investigator              *Roman Catholic*
Joe Courtney (CT)                       *Attorney*                            *Roman Catholic*   
Joseph Crowley (NY)        Chief Deputy Whip-BA degree       *Roman Catholic*
Henry Roberto Cuellar (TX)        *Attorney*                            *Roman Catholic*
Elijah Cummings (MD)                *Attorney*                                    Baptist  
Kathy Dahlkemper                      clinical dietician                   *Roman Catholic*
Susan Davis                                  social worker                         none availiable
Danny Davis (IL)                    non-profit coordinator                       Baptist
Peter DeFazio (OR)                          gerentologist                          *Roman Catholic*
Diana DeGette (CO)                 *Attorney*                                   Presbyterian
Bill Delahunt (MA)                      *Attorney*                              *Roman Catholic*
Rosa DeLauro (CT)         non-profit program coordinator      *Roman Catholic*
Norm Dicks (WA)                      *Attorney*                                     Lutheran
John D. Dingell, Jr.                    *Attorney*                              *Roman Catholic*
Lloyd Doggett (TX)                    *Attorney*                                    Methodist
Joe Donnelly (IN)                       *Attorney*                              *Roman Catholic*
Mike Doyle (PA)                     insurance agent                        *Roman Catholic*
Steve Driehaus (OH)       community organizer/activist         *Roman Catholic*
Donna Edwards (MD)               *Attorney*                                      Baptist
Keith Ellison (MN)                      *Attorney*                                  Sunni Islam
Brad Ellsworth (IN)                   law enforcement                    *Roman Catholic*
Eliot Lance Engel (NY)      junior high school teacher                     Jewish
Anna Eshoo (CA)                      political assistant                 *Chaldean Catholic*
Bob Etheridge (NC)       farmer-education-organizer                   Presbyterian
Sam Farr (CA)                     peace corps - activist                    Episcopalian
Chaka Fattah (PA)                community organizer               Freemason-Baptist
Bob Filner (CA)                      college professor                              Jewish
Bill Foster (IL)                                physicist                                      none
Barney Frank (MA)                     *Attorney*                                     Jewish
Marcia Fudge (OH)                    *Attorney*                                     Baptist
John Garamendi (CA)     long time politician/legislator              not available
Gabrielle Giffords (AZ)          politician; businesswoman                Jewish
Charles A. Gonzalez (TX)          *Attorney - Judge*              *Roman Catholic*
Bart Gordon (TN)                        *Attorney*                                 not available
Alan Grayson (FL)                      *Attorney*                                     Jewish
Al Green (TX)                             *Attorney*                                      Baptist
Gene Green (TX)                       *Attorney*                               United Methodist
Raúl Grijalva (AZ)                  college administrator                 *Roman Catholic*
Luis Gutiérrez (IL)       high school teacher-social worker           not available
John Hall (NY)                               musician                            *Roman Catholic*
Debbie Halvorson (IL)    long term legislator-organizer                Lutheran
Phil Hare (IL)                  political assistant-union leader        *Roman Catholic*
Jane Harman (CA)                    *Attorney*                                     Jewish
Alcee Hastings (FL)              *Attorney - Judge*                   African Methodist
Martin Heinrich (NM)            long term politician                             Lutheran
Brian Higgins (NY)               long term politician                  *Roman Catholic*
Baron Hill (IN)                         financial analyst                         United Methodist
James A. Himes (CT)           financial executive                         Presbyterian
Maurice Hinchey (NY)            factory foreman                     *Roman Catholic*
Rubén Hinojosa (TX)               grocery executive                *Roman Catholic*
Mazie Hirono (HI)                     *Attorney*                                     Buddhist
Paul Hodes (NH)                     *Attorney*                                      Jewish
Rush Holt, Jr. (NJ)                    physicist-professor                        Quaker
Michael Makoto Honda (CA)        teacher                                      Protestant
Steny Hoyer (MD)                    *Attorney*                                      Baptist
Jay Inslee (WA)                        *Attorney*                                     Protestant
Steve Israel (NY)                        political assistant                          Jewish
Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL)     politician-civil rights leader                   Baptist
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX)          *Attorney*                      Seventh Day Adventist
Henry C.Johnson Jr. (GA)         *Attorney*                                   Buddhist
Eddie Johnson (TX)                 nurse, therapist                             Baptist
Steve Kagen (WI)                  physician - politician                        Jewish
Paul Kanjorski (PA)                    *Attorney*                          *Roman Catholic*
Marcy Kaptur (OH)                 urban planner                          *Roman Catholic*
Patrick J. Kennedy (RI)            politician                                *Roman Catholic*
Dale Kildee (MI)                     teacher-politician                    *Roman Catholic*
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI)   high school teacher           African Methodist
Mary Jo Kilroy (OH)                    *Attorney*                         *Roman Catholic*
Ron Kind (WI)                             *Attorney* politician             Lutheran
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ)                  *Attorney*                          *Roman Catholic*
Ron Klein (FL)                            Attorney*                                   Jewish
Suzanne Kosmas (FL)          real estate broker                          Methodist
Dennis Kucinich (OH)             long term politician                *Roman Catholic*
Jim Langevin (RI)                          politician                         *Roman Catholic*
Rick Larsen (WA)                  public affairs director                    Methodist
Barbara Lee (CA)            social worker, political assistant          Baptist
Sandy Levin (MI)                           *Attorney*                             Jewish
John Lewis (GA)     political consultant, civil rights leader           Baptist
David Loebsack (IA)               college professor                          Methodist
Zoe Lofgren (CA)                         *Attorney*                               Lutheran
Nita Lowey (NY)                             politician                                Jewish
Ben Ray Luján (NM)                political assistant                   *Roman Catholic*
Dan Maffei (NY)                journalist - businessman              *Roman Catholic*
Carolyn Maloney (NY)          long term politician                        Presbyterian
Betsy Markey (CO)                political assistant                    *Roman Catholic*
Doris Okada Matsui (CA)     political assistant                           Methodist
Carolyn McCarthy (NY)                 nurse                                 *Roman Catholic*
Betty McCollum (MN)           long term politician                    *Roman Catholic*
Jim McDermott (WA)               psychiatrist                                Episcopalian
Jim McGovern (MA)                  politician                               *Roman Catholic*
Jerry McNerney (CA)                politician                               *Roman Catholic*
Kendrick Meek (FL)              state trooper                                    Baptist
Gregory Meeks (NY)           *Attorney & Judge*                 African Methodist
Mike Michaud (ME)                  politician                                *Roman Catholic*
Brad Miller (NC)                   *Attorney*                                    Episcopalin
George Miller (CA)               *Attorney*                                *Roman Catholic*
Harry Mitchell (AZ)               high school teacher                   *Roman Catholic*
Alan Mollohan (WV)               *Attorney*                                     Baptist
Dennis Moore (KS)                 *Attorney*                                  Protestant
Gwen Moore (WI)            community organizer-politician            Baptist
James P. Moran (VA)        investment broker                       *Roman Catholic*
Chris Murphy (CT)                   *Attorney*               non-denominational Christian
Scott Murphy (NY)          businessman-politician                       Catholic
Patrick Murphy (PA)                *Attorney*                             *Roman Catholic*
Jerrold Nadler (NY)                 *Attorney*                                     Jewish
Grace Napolitano (CA)        auto executive                          *Roman Catholic*
Richard Neal (MA)               high school teacher                  *Roman Catholic*
Jim Oberstar (MN)                political assistant                     *Roman Catholic*
Dave Obey (WI)                     realtor                                      *Roman Catholic*
John Olver (MA)                   college professor                        no info available
Solomon P. Ortiz (TX)        long term politician                         Methodist
Bill Owens (NY)                         *Attorney*                          *Roman Catholic*
Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ)             *Attorney*                            *Roman Catholic*
Bill Pascrell (NJ)                    high school teacher                *Roman Catholic*
Ed Pastor (AZ)                       high school teacher                *Roman Catholic*
Donald M. Payne (NJ)         financial executive                            Baptist
Nancy Pelosi (CA)         Speaker of the House of Rep.       *Roman Catholic*
Ed Perlmutter (CO)                    *Attorney*                                 Protestant
Tom Perriello (VA)                     *Attorney*                        *Roman Catholic*
Gary Peters (MI)                         *Attorney*                            no info available
Chellie Pingree (ME)                    politician                                 Lutheran
Jared Polis (CO)                    internet executive                           Jewish
Earl Pomeroy (ND)                     *Attorney*                              Presbyterian
David Price (NC)                    college professor                            Baptist
Mike Quigley (IL)                          *Attorney*                      *Roman Catholic*
Nick Rahall (VA)                broadcast executive                         Presbyterian
Charles Rangel (NY)                    *Attorney*                          *Roman Catholic*
Silvestre Reyes (TX)         border patrol sector chief            *Roman Catholic*
Laura Richardson (CA)               politician                                    Methodist
Ciro Rodriguez  (TX)     social worker, college professor     *Roman Catholic*
Steve Rothman (NJ)                     *Attorney*                                 Jewish
Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA)       public affairs officer                *Roman Catholic*
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD)   *Attorney*                              Methodist
Bobby Rush (IL)                      civil rights leader                              Baptist
Tim Ryan (OH)                                 *Attorney*                    *Roman Catholic*
John Salazar (CO)                         rancher                            *Roman Catholic*
Linda Sánchez (CA)                       *Attorney*                      *Roman Catholic*
Loretta Sanchez (CA)                  financial analyst                 *Roman Catholic*
John Sarbanes (MD)                      *Attorney*                        Greek Orthodox
Jan Schakowsky (IL)         nonprofit program coordinator             Jewish
Mark Schauer (MI)                public administration                       Protestant
Adam B. Schiff (CA)                        *Attorney*                               Jewish
Kurt Schrader (OR)                   veterinarian                                  Episcopal
Allyson Schwartz (PA)               politician                                         Jewish
David Scott (GA)                 advertising executive                            Baptist
Bobby Scott (VA)                             *Attorney*                           Episcopalian
José Serrano (NY)               political assistant                      *Roman Catholic*
Joe Sestak (PA)                      politician                                 *Roman Catholic*
Carol Shea-Porter (NH)              social worker                      *Roman Catholic*
Brad Sherman (CA)                         *Attorney*                              Jewish
Albio Sires (NJ)                       insurance executive               *Roman Catholic*
Louise Slaughter (NY)                    politician                                Episcopalian
Adam Smith (WA)                            *Attorney*                           Episcopalian
Vic Snyder (AR)                              physician                                 Methodist
Jackie Speier (CA)                          *Attorney*                       *Roman Catholic*
John Spratt (SC)                              *Attorney*                            Presbyterian
Pete Stark (CA)                         banking executive          Unitarian Universalist
Bart Stupak (MI)                          police officer                        *Roman Catholic*
Betty Sutton (OH)                            *Attorney                           United Methodist
Mike Thompson (CA)              vineyard owner                        *Roman Catholic*
Bennie Thompson (MS)         high school teacher                      Methodist
John F. Tierney (MA)                       *Attorney*                       *Roman Catholic*
Dina Titus (NV)                    professor of political science          Greek Orthodox
Paul Tonko (NY)                               engineer                           *Roman Catholic*
Ed Towns (NY)                              social worker                               Baptist
Niki Tsongas (MA)                 *Attorney* + social worker          Greek Orthodox
Chris Van Hollen (MD)                *Attorney*                                   Episcopalian
Nydia Velázquez (NY)             college professor                     *Roman Catholic*
Pete Visclosky (IN)                      *Attorney*                           *Roman Catholic*
Tim Walz (MN)                        high school teacher                          Lutheran
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)   political assistant                       Jewish
Maxine Waters (CA)                      politician, teacher                     Protestant
Diane Watson (CA)          psychologist, health specialist              (disputed)
Mel Watt (NC)                               *Attorney*                                 Presbyterian
Henry Waxman (CA)                    *Attorney*                                  Jewish
Anthony Weiner (NY)                    politician                                    Jewish
Peter Welch (VT)                          *Attorney*                       *Roman Catholic*
Charlie Wilson (OH)                    mortician                           *Roman Catholic*
Lynn Woolsey (CA)          human resources manager               Presbyterian
David Wu (OR)                             *Attorney*                             Presbyterian
John Yarmuth (KY)                 newspaper publisher                       Jewish
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Democratic votes were 219 ayes, and 34 noes. Republican votes were 178 noes.
Total recorded votes: 219 ayes, and, 212 noes. H R 3590

Friday, March 5, 2010

CCHD - FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS. Please spread this far and wide.

Dear Advocates for Life,

Here is a great video from the American Life League, a leading member of Reform CCHD NOW www.reformcchdnow.com . It keeps the facts straight on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development's (CCHD) and sadly some in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). USCCB on CCHD: TRYING HARD to IGNORE FACTS Five minutes could save you lots of confusion.

There is a push from those who receive, in many cases ill gotten gains, to petition the USCCB when they meet in June. Please sign the Reform CCHD Now petition if you agree with it.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND.

The USCCB is NOT the Holy See and does NOT have it's authority.
What is difference between the The Holy See (Sancta Sedes, Holy Chair, the seat of Peter the first pope and all future popes) and the Vatican? (taken from wikipedia in part)

Although it is often referred to by the ambiguous term "the Vatican", the Holy See is not the same as the Vatican City State, which came into existence only in 1929, while the Holy See dates back to early Christian times. Ambassadors are officially accredited not to the Vatican City State but to "the Holy See", and papal representatives to states and international organizations are recognized as representing the Holy See, not the Vatican City State.


The State of the Vatican City aka The Vatican, was created by the Lateran Treaty in 1929 to "ensure the absolute and visible independence of the Holy See" and "to guarantee to it an indisputable sovereignty in international affairs"

Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the Holy See's former Secretary for Relations with States, said that the Vatican City is a "minuscule support-state that guarantees the spiritual freedom of the Pope with the minimum territory".

Basically, the "government" aka The Holy See of the Catholic Church needed a physical place in the world and The Vatican State was created for this purpose and is the smallest country in the world at 0.2 square miles. (No problem with Church and State)

The Holy See, not the Vatican, maintains diplomatic relations with states and participates in international organizations. When necessary, the Holy See will enter a treaty on behalf of the Vatican City.

THE USCCB is a relatively young organization.
The turn towards truly "social justice" in a rabid sense began 1966. IMAGINE.

See attachment above and this link for more history. http://www.usccb.org/whoweare.shtml
"......This model continued until 1966 when the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) were established. The NCCB attended to the Church's own affairs in this country, fulfilling the Vatican Council's mandate that bishops "jointly exercise their pastoral office" (Decree on the Bishops' Pastoral Office in the Church, #38). NCCB operated through committees made up exclusively of bishops, many of which had full-time staff organized in secretariats. In USCC the bishops collaborate with other Catholics to address issues that concern the Church as part of the larger society. Its committees included lay people, clergy and religious in addition to the bishops.

On July 1, 2001 the NCCB and the USCC were combined to form the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). USCCB continues all of the work formerly done by the NCCB and the USCC with the same staff. The bishops themselves form approximately 17 committees, each with its own particular responsibility.

The staff work is overseen by the General Secretariat which is led by Reverend Monsignor David J. Malloy, General Secretary.

VOCAL COMMENT: When it opened up to the laity note the red....it was the end of Vatican II and in that confusing time, the turmoil in the Church reflected itself in the liberal take of the now USCCB. They saw this as a chance to really take advantage of the situation and in my opinion they charted a new course and the ship is turning home, slowly but surely. Their are many people to pay and so many agendas at the USCCB, Christ seems to be lost in the shuffle.
REMEMBER!!!
The Holy See ALWAYS trumps the USCCB if there's ever a question with two answers.

The CCHD campaign is NOT a mandatory collection.

The Archdiocesan Annual Appeal is NOT a mandatory collection. Your priest has to ask for 100% compliance. The Archbishop is in charge of the USCCB National Collections so there's an extra push. Remember also that the Oregon Catholic Press does give almost a MILLION dollars to the Appeal, and they have lots more money, so don't feel too badly.

The Archdiocese of Portland needs a complete audit so we can be sure that our money is being used to build up the true Catholic Church that answers only to the Holy See and NOT the USCCB, which seems to be in a state of confusion at best.


VOCAL SUGGESTION:
Save oodles of money by disbanding the CCHD in it's current form: no administrative costs, no radio/tv/print ads, no postage, and NO CORRUPTION.

Have a webpage on the USCCB site with suggested non-profits they feel are worthwhile. Catholics are smart enough to discern whether a non-profit is worthy to receive our hard-earned money.
Saved money could easily be used at each parish for their purposes and make ALL the laity feel like they are not just being used for their money.

We pay enough money in taxes for most of these secular non-profits. Diversity is becoming a four-letter word.


God Bless you and yours,
Carolyn
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
John Adams, 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770
US diplomat & politician (1735 - 1826)