Monday, March 12, 2012

Your Anti-Semitic "Slip" is Showing - Archdiocese of Portland

Boycott, Divest, Sanction: The legacy of King and Mandela
Catholic Sentinel March 7, 2012 Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss 

 The JustFaith program at St. Pius X Parish in Portland went to hear a Palestinian justice advocate to speak in Seattle this winter. Omar Barghouti suggests boycotts, divestiture and sanctions as a way to help the Palestinian people emerge from what he considers Israeli occupation.

Barghouti, who follows the nonviolent methods of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., aims to end what he calls an apartheid legal and cultural system. He is an electrical engineering graduate from Columbia University.

Barghouti cited Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu who in apartheid South Africa instructed his oppressed people to “decolonize your mind first.”

JustFaith is a 30 week program of prayer, study and action for justice based on Catholic social teaching. Participants learn about civil rights, peace and justice efforts and the nonviolence of Jesus. They examine how their purchases and investments might further unjust systems. Their formation has included "Journey To Justice," a retreat organized by the Office of Life, Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Portland.

Why the United States Supports Israel

"As the U.S.-Israel relationship reaches 60 years of unflagging dedication, it is indeed important to consider what precisely is the basis for this strong alliance.
Ultimately, American influence is not aimed at hegemony, but rather is motivated by the sincere conviction that democracy, free-market economy, free press, and Western-styled civil rights optimize the symbiosis between government and people and leads to stability. Israel is the only regime in its region that possesses these qualities, and therefore American support of Israel demonstrates our commitment to these values and furthermore serves as means of projecting our values into a distant sector of the world."

VOCAL notes:
From what has been put out from Office of Justice and Peace; it's newsletters, directors over the years and the "JustFaith" debacle, anti-Semitism is alive and well in the Archdiocese of Portland.  

President George Bush was called a "war criminal" until a long time Office of Justice and Peace Director, Frank Fromherz was finally booted from the Archdiocese.  This took over thirty years....and the beat goes on.

It's time to address the anti-Semitism of this article, I believe, showing the "slip" of the heart of the Archdiocese of Portland. 

I was told once by the Archbishop's special projects person that "We believe differently in the Archdiocese of Portland" during the 2008 election.

They are different. It's time to learn the Faith and promote the Saints and Martyrs of the Catholic Church who followed in the footsteps of Christ to really set us free.  Israel is our ally it's time to remember that.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Father Liam Cary named Bishop of Diocese of Baker

Pro-life advocate Father Liam Cary is the new Bishop of the Diocese of Baker.  We are so thankful to God for him and his faithfulness to the Church.

(Correction: consecrated NOT in Rome, but Bend, Oregon) He will be consecrated on May 18th Bend, Oregon. Bishop Cary will be able to contribute on the election of our new Archbishop.  God Bless Father Cary.
USCCB Announcement of Bishop

Friday, March 2, 2012

Twilight Zone: Pro-Abortion Lobbyist Re-hired for the Archdiocese of Portland

Once again, Roger Martin is the lobbyist for the Archdiocese of Portland. He voted to legalize abortion when a legislator in 1969 making Oregon one of the first states to "legalize" abortion before it became a federal law in 1973.

Fortunately, he failed in his effort to have no husband or parental notification legislation before an abortion in 1971. (The measure did pass years later, allowing teenagers to have an abortion during school time without parental notification.) He has never publicly denounced his pro-abortion stance.

Roger Martin is a "Republican" and maybe is the only
non-Democrat that they could find. The Democrat leanings are palatable at the Archdiocese.

Below are the articles that warned the Archdiocese and more importantly the Catholic laity, about the misguided staff hired to serve Christ and don't adhere to His expectations for a Catholic.

The "laissez-faire" , "lame-duck" philosophy in the Archdiocese seems to be the order of the day. With a new Archbishop on the horizon they still only have to "talk the talk", not "walk the walk" and save souls. 
The re-hire of Roger Martin is an indication of the stagnate mentality on the pro-life issues of abortion, pro-family, and euthanasia. For instance, Father Taaffe's homes for mothers and their babies got not one penny from the Archdiocese (Father was VOCAL's spiritual director). His homes are a now used as a selling point for Catholic Charities. The Archbishop does a wonderful job in his yearly speech for Oregon Right to Life, but no donations to the organization for their exceptional job or yearly conferences.

Now, more than ever, we need continual support from the Archdiocesan lobbyist to keep us appraised of the attack on religious conscience. Roger Martin is getting paid with money from our collection plates. He works for Christ's values and should remember that.

Articles Regarding Roger Martin 2007-2009 - Voice of Catholics ...
Feb 07, 2011
Before I write to the Archbishop and Mary Jo Tully, who hired Roger Martin, our Oregon Catholic Conference lobbyist, I need to let you know what happened this week at the Capitol. Both people recruited by Roger Martin to ...

Apr 07, 2011
At the Life Lobby Ladies Day, Roger Martin, Catholic lobbyist for Oregon Catholics walked the other way (literally) before the press conference on HB3512, for unborn pain prevention, in the Capitol basement. He could have ...

Mar 06, 2009
Before I write to the Archbishop and Mary Jo Tully, who hired Roger Martin, our Oregon Catholic Conference lobbyist, I need to let you know what happened this week at the Capitol. Both people recruited by Roger Martin to ...

Feb 12, 2009
It seems incomprehensible that Roger Martin was hired again and according to the ACA pie chart receives 1% of the $3,6400.00 or $36400. The "Imitation of Christ" Appeal title has justice for ...

Feb 07, 2011
During the 2007 Legislative Session VOCAL reported that Roger Martin, the replacement lobbyist for long time Oregon Catholic Conference's Bob Castagna, voted to legalize abortion when he was a legislator in 1969.

Apr 09, 2009
For those who have forgotten, Roger Martin is the Oregon Catholic Conference lobbyist who voted to legalize abortions and voted against parental/spousal notification when he was a legislator in 1969 and 1973. If you'd like ...

Jan 09, 2008
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 ...

Mar 07, 2011
Let's hope it's on lobbyist Roger Martin's radar screen. “In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness, and tenderness leads to the gas chamber.” – Flannery O'Connor, novelist and short story writer. Posted by VOCAL at ...

Jun 11, 2009
For More Information Roger Martin, the lobbyist for the Catholic Church, although he's not pro-life needs to get on this. It is frustrating for us who ...

May 13, 2011
Roger Martin, our pro-abortion lobbyist, did nothing! These questions regarding PFL have everything to do with the election of 2012 and keeping the progressive, liberal agenda alive and well-financed by Catholics. For too ...

Dec 05, 2007
The Oregon Catholic Conference, led by Roger Martin our lobbyist who voted for legalizing abortion when he was a legislator, embarrassed thousands of Oregon Catholics by his lack of defense of marriage and family values.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cardinal Burke - Stop "Grievous Assault on Religious Freedom" Sign This Petition!

Cardinal Raymond Burke Encourages Catholics to Sign Online Petition to Stop the Birth Control Mandate

Cardinal Raymond Burke, Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, sent a written message of support to St. Gianna Physician’s Guild over the weekend encouraging Catholics to sign the organization’s online petition ( to protest the assault on religious liberty that is happening under ObamaCare. The petition has steadily gained momentum since its launch last August seeing the number of signatures more than double since January 20th. This is after the Department of Health and Human Services released a statement confirming that the mandate would go into effect as scheduled on August 1, 2012. An extension of one year was given to Catholic institutions and other entities to comply.  This mandate does not provide a conscience clause for institutions and others who believe contraception and sterilization are immoral.
Stop the Birth Control Mandate petition asks that the Obama Administration and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, withdraw immediately all references to contraception and contraception counseling from the “Guidelines for Women’s Preventive Services” under The Affordable Care Act. Moreover, it petitions the administration to provide a conscience clause to protect the religious freedom and beliefs of Catholics.
In his letter Cardinal Burke declared:
I wholeheartedly express my solidarity with the Stop The Birth Control Mandate petition promoted by St. Gianna Physician's Guild protesting the recent decree by the Department of Health and Human Services of our federal government.  I encourage Catholics to sign the petition and thus unite their support of Holy Mother Church by protesting the most grievous violation of the right to religious liberty for Catholics in the United States.
Cardinal Burke has long had the reputation of providing guidance in areas of faith and morals through his willingness to make public statements to encourage the Faithful.
“The petition sends a clear message to the Obama Administration that this contraception mandate is wrong, discriminatory and violates the religious rights of Catholics all across America,” stated the Guild’s President, Thomas McKenna. McKenna noted that already more than 150 Catholic bishops across the country have written letters decrying the mandate. “It is inspiring to see the bishops speaking out with such determination and moral clarity in encouraging the faithful to oppose the mandate. St. Gianna Physician’s Guild applauds their leadership,” McKenna continued.
The petition has provided Catholics and people of all faiths an outlet to express their outrage in what many feel is an act of government tyranny. The petition was posted on the Archdiocese of Denver’s web site and has resulted in parishioners collecting signatures after weekend Masses.
St Gianna Physician’s Guild ( was founded to unite and encourage Catholic physicians, as well as others in the health care profession, to promote and defend Catholic principles in a public way and to inspire sanctification in their lives. The petition can be signed at:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rosary Campaign for Religious Freedom

As converts (1984) it seems like the Church my family joined is in danger. Not only the one we joined, but the the others we attended to get to our permanent spiritual home on earth.

The government's tentacles are reaching into the lives of sixteen three-year-old preschoolers by not allowing them to say grace and mention God, safeguarding a government grant. (I just found this out regarding a grandchild.) How do we tell children "God's not allowed in school."

You'd think that the government would appreciate a world of order for children, but alas, they would probably much rather have an "Occupy Preschool" movement encouraging children to
break toys and kick teachers.

This message is a day or two into the first novena. Better late than never aka a convert's ignorance on whether it "counts" if we're late

Facebook has one of the Grassroots efforts to help keep our religious freedom.  We will never regret not including these novenas in our prayers, but we'll regret not doing it.
Thanks Angie for the heads up.

Rosary Campaign for Religious Freedom

On January 20, 2012, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the Obama administration would uphold a mandate that would force Catholic institutions to subsidize--through their health care plans--contraception, sterilization procedures and pharmaceuticals that even result in abortion. This is a serious encroachment on religious freedom, which forces Catholic employers not only to consent to, but also directly engage in practices that are morally incompatible with the Catholic Faith and are gravely sinful.

The Bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States have unanimously agreed to fight this mandate relentlessly. We should also do our part in the public square, making our voices heard to our respective Senators and Representatives.

But we can't fight this battle unarmed. This war on Religious Freedom and the protection of Conscience is a supernatural war, and we need Divine assistance.

So, beginning on February 1, please join us in an 18 day Rosary Novena for the overturning of this mandate and for the conversion of the politicians who are trying to impose this upon us. Please pray a daily Rosary for 18 days for the following intentions
Day 1-9

For the overturning of the HHS mandate that would require Catholic institutions to provide health insurance plans to their employees, subsidizing contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs. And for the conversion of our politicians

Day 10-18

In thanksgiving for our prayers being answered.

Please stand up for your Religious Liberty, and storm Heaven with your prayers.

"Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will."--Mark 11:23-24

He's given us His Word.