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 the Catholic hospitals didn't squawk at the thought of giving "Emergency Contraception" to women as matter of course if they said they were sexually assaulted, with no definition of "assault".
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."
'"May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: 'Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power' (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world."'
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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