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[23 Mar 2010 | One Comment | ]

Our Parish, like most in in the Archdiocese of Chicago, reads off a list of pro-forma petitions, the Prayer of the Faithful, a sort of laundry list of requests for topical prayers. Many of these (in Chicago) are somewhere between benign and unexplainable (harmony and peace come up a lot); others read like plants from David Axelrod and ASK Communications (we prayed for Hope and Change 2 days before the 2008 Democratic Primary). This past Sunday’s petitions included a shout out for Haiti and Chile earthquake victims and the off …

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[23 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

This morning, some dour faces around the office can be understood. NCAA basketball brackets and many people’s view of the US as a safe place for free markets and free people lay in tatters. NCAA March Madness brackets have been blown up and health care passed.

Cornell is the first Ivy League team to reach the Sweet 16 since 1979. Kansas, the number one seed in the tournament is out. And, lower-seeded teams won 16 games during the first two rounds (33%).
On the political front, despite an overwhelming …

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[22 Mar 2010 | 7 Comments | ]

They’ll Rue the Day: March 21.
Thus far the strategy of ex-con radical Bob Creamer…the Marxist movement’s latter day Che Guevara…has proved out: but March 21, 2010, the day ObamaCare passed the House 220-211 will prove to be the day that sends the vestige of movement-led liberal Marxism to national exile for decades. March 21, 2010: That was the day the Democratic Party of Jefferson-Jackson and Roosevelt, a major political party, dropped the façade and became a Far Left “the 21st of March” movement. Quite frankly the Democrats are a …

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[22 Mar 2010 | 6 Comments | ]

It was a dark and stormy night for the Republicans as the first major health care bill in half a century passed its big test in the US House. To hear those Republicans react to this very weak, minimally acceptable piece of social legislation—without a public option—you would think Trotsky’s 4th International had seized Washington and was about to sell its wives and daughters into white slavery.

Gosh, for a while I was hoping those Republican were right when they told us we were on the verge of a European socialist …

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[18 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Hot on the heels of the liberal women religious orders thatreleased a statement yesterday in support of the anti-life health care bill, this statement was released today by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (bold parts are mine):
In a March 15th statement, Cardinal Francis George, OMI, of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke on behalf of the United States Bishops in opposition to the Senate’s version of the health care legislation under consideration because of its expansion of abortion funding and its lack of …

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[16 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

The Catholic Bishops of the United States have long and consistently advocated for the reform of the American health care system. Their experience in health care and in Catholic parishes has acquainted them with the anguish of mothers who are unable to afford prenatal care, of families unable to ensure quality care for their children, and of those who cannot obtain insurance because of preexisting conditions.

Throughout the discussion on health care over the last year, the bishops have advocated a bipartisan approach to solving our national health care needs. They …

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[12 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

Durbin Admits Premiums Will Go Up If Health Care Bill Is Passed
Sen. Dick Durbin, March 10, 2010: “Anyone who would stand before you and say ‘well, if you pass health care reform next year’s health care premiums are going down,’ I don’t think is telling the truth. I think it is likely they would go up.”

Obama Says Health Premiums Will Go Down
President Obama, March 8, 2010: “Our cost-cutting measures mirror most of the proposals in the current Senate bill, which reduces most people’s premiums.”

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[9 Mar 2010 | One Comment | ]

Dear Mr. Obama:

CBS radio news this morning ran a clip of one of your recent speeches.  In it, you criticize insurance companies because they “ration coverage … according to who can pay and who can’t.”
Further pondering of your point leads to see fascinating possibilities.  Not only insurers, but all producers who greedily refuse to supply persons who don’t pay should be set aright.  Now I’m sure that you don’t ration the supply of the books you write according to any criteria as sordid as requiring people actually to pay for …

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[24 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

The specter of a tall, lugubrious president with the ominous presence of Lurch (as in “you rang?” ), a wispy-voiced Senate majority leader (think of him as Uncle Fester) and a willowy, washed out female Speaker (Morticia) seeking to ram un-digestible massive health care castor oil down the unwilling, gagging throat of the American people is just about an historic first.

Probably only the since Kansas-Nebraska act which put slavery or abolitionism to a vote…which the North hated and even the South’s Sam Houston despised…has this spectacle been seen. Then …

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[24 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

Obama health reform is back, and Catholics have one more chance to prove what is more important to them: being pro-life or being pro-Democratic party.

As CVA explained earlier today, Catholic principles leave only one choice on this issue.  The President’s health reform plan, in violation of his promise, funds abortion insurance.  The US Bishops have forecully directed us that even their decades of support for health reform is decisively trumped by the extremely grave evil of public funding of abortion insurance, and they have told us that such plans must be …