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The Absolute Truth of "Evolving" Marriage

Posted by axeswipe on May 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

President Obama’s stance on so called same-sex “marriage” (SSM) has finally “evolved”…not really. He held the same stance in support of SSM in 1996 when he was running for the U.S. Senate. As part of his political strategy during his presidential bid and after the election, he rolled back his view in order to appeal to a broader base and slowly rolled back up to his actual view. Now that he is going to be running against a candidate who for all intents and purposes is exactly like himself (other than skin color) he had to find a way to make himself different. The President chose gay “marriage”.

It is a political strategy that he will use once the campaigns get into full swing. It can be the only logical reason for him to make the announcement in an ABC interview that he supported SSM. He already has the LGBT vote anyway. He really didn’t need to pander to that base to gain their votes. So now, when the mainstream media (MSM) and its masters on the liberal left are painting Mitt Romney as a “hateful, homophobic bigot” for supporting traditional marriage, that wide brush will not fall upon Obama as well.

Polls reported by the MSM trumpet to the masses how the majority of Americans approve of SSM. The reality in the voting booths consistently shows otherwise as North Carolina became the 30th state to adopt a constitutional amendment by popular vote to define marriage as between one man and one woman. This is why I put no stock in polls. They’re usually wrong. If anything, the polls are more indicative of the fact that more people are recognizing that LGBT persons are human beings and are entitled to the same level of compassion and dignity as anyone else. That they should be allowed to provide for whomever they wish under the law. But they still recognize that same-sex relationships or civil unions are not the same as, nor equal to marriage.

Marriage has suffered great degradation in the last half-century. First contraception led to “children not needed” mentality toward sex. Roe v. Wade gave us “consequence-free sex”, then we got no-fault divorce which said “marriage is no longer un-dissolvable without reason” and finally co-habitation told us “marriage is not necessary at all”. Now that the institution of marriage has been left tattered by the forces of liberalism, they want to put the final nail in the coffin by redefining it completely to strip it of its purpose, which was to provide a solid, loving and stable foundation for the furtherance of society by the procreation and raising of children to be future productive citizens. Instead they want to redefine it as being “two people in love”.

Just as for centuries man believed the world was flat, it was actually round, and just as a populace can “evolve” its view and declare that the world is square, it does not change the fact that the world is round. That is what we call absolute truth. No matter what our belief of something is, the truth remains unchanged in spite of our views of that truth. Society can likewise state that marriage is between two men or two women or one man and five women or one man and his dog. It does not change the absolute truth that marriage is a joining of one man and one woman in order to create, nurture and raise a new, distinctly unique being, a child.


The "War" on Women Religious: Hardly

Posted by axeswipe on May 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Lately, the left has been decrying the Catholic Church's "crackdown" on the "poor sweet nuns" of the Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) saying that it is a war on all nuns in America in order to force them into submission to the heirarchy of "old men in robes" and to force sisters to "bow to the will of Rome". To top it all off, they *gasp* appointed a bishop (you know, one of those old men in robes") to beat these poor innocent women into submission. This is hardly true.

First of all, the LCWR only represents a small percentage of nuns in America. The vast majority of women religious are in no way affected (or targeted) by the renewal measures determined to be necessary by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Measures that were deemed necessary due to the flagrant disregard for Church teaching and outright public opposition to the US Council of Bishops (USCCB) when the bishops opposed Obamacare over it's funding of abortion by the leadership of the LCWR.

Second, the average person, frankly (including the average Catholic) wouldn't even recognize these women as Religious, since they tend to prance around in expensive business suits instead of the habits that (in my opinion) not only identify a Religious Sister's dedication to being a bride of Christ through love, charity, prayer and sacrifice but also inspire the respect due to them because of their selfless response to their call to vocation. Despite the claims to otherwise, the Leadership of the LCWR has ceased to be charitable and have become political lobbyists, consorting with Obama's ultra-liberal left-wing administration to cause confusion among Catholic voters by proclaiming liberal agenda items (abortion, same-sex marriage, etc.) as compatible with Church teachings when in truth, they aren't.

Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain was appointed as Archbishop Delegate to oversee this renewal, with the assistance of other bishops, women religious by working with the LCWR leadership. The mandate for the Delegate includes:

·Revision of LCWR statutes

·Review of LCWR plans and programs, including its General Assemblies

·Creation of programs for LCWR member congregations in initial and on-going formation

·Review LCWR’s application of liturgical norms and texts

·Review of LCWR affiliation with Network and the Resources Center for Religious Life.

In other words, renewing the truth of Catholic faith and doctrine among the upper echelons of the LCWR, where it is needed the most.


King Obama's Foreign Wives

Posted by axeswipe on February 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

    I feel today's liturgical readings are very appropriate to the socio-political climate in America today. The first reading, from the Book of Kings describes How King Solomon broke God's statutes and started building altars to and worshipping false gods that were worshipped by some of his foreign wives. One in particular was Molech, the Ammorite god, to whom infant children were sacrificed in hopes of receiving favors.

    In much the same way President Obama has become our King Solomon. He persistently breaks the statutes of God to give support to an industry by whom millions of unborn babies are sacrificed today in favor of false gods called, "convenience", "choice" and "reproductive rights". The leaders of that industry (who have filled his campaign coffers with millions of dollars) are his "foreign wives" pursuading him to fund their baby-sacrificing organization, their sacred cow, Planned Parenthood. The HHS Mandate requiring all employers buy insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs 100% is just Obama's latest bending to the will of his "foreign wives"

    The scary part in this reading is how God enacted his justice. Rather than punishing Solomon and his wives, he punishes Solomon's son by taking his power from the kingdom, leaving him only one tribe of Israel to rule over. So does this mean that Obama will face no punishment for his active complicity in the blood-letting of the unborn? Will instead his descendants suffer for his crimes? I would certainly hope not, but it seems that we often suffer for the crimes of our fathers, and I suspect that this could be no different. The descendants of his "foreign wives" have probably already paid the price of their mothers adoration of their idol, "choice".

As the psalm today said:

They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons.
And the LORD grew angry with his people
and abhorred his inheritance.

    How long will we stoke the anger of God? How long will we stand by and allow the murderous sacrifices continue? How long must the blood of millions cry out to the Lord be fore we finally end it? Or He ends us?

    We need to put an end to this NOW! We must speak out in defense of life and put an end to the rampant human sacrifice that has been going on in America for tha last 49 years!

Why I Hate The Occupy Protests

Posted by axeswipe on November 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I now have a reason to truly hate the occupy protests. They've ruined one of my favorite songs for me. The other day I was listening to Thin Lizzy's "The Emerald" from their Jailbreak album and it occured to me how much occupy protesters channel this song. In case you're not familiar, here are the lyrics;

Down from the glen came the marching men
With their shields and their swords
To fight the fight they believed to be right
Overthrow the overlords

To the town where there was plenty
They brought plunder, swords and flame
When they left the town was empty
Children would never play again

From their graves I heard the fallen
Above the battle cry
By that bridge near the border
There were many more to die

Then onward over the mountain
And outward towards the sea
They had come to claim the Emerald
Without it they could not leave

In order to reclaim the sanctity of these lyrics from them, I created new ones to express my feelings about the occupy protests and protesters.

Down from the dumps came the chanting chumps
with their tents and their iPods
to demand the right to be communist shi'ites
and overthrow the capitalist norms

To the city where there was plenty
They brought rape, murder and shame
if they ever would leave the park
Children might get to play again

From their tents I heard the morons
above the cries of the destitute
By that fancy chow tent near the corner
"Go somewhere else to starve and die!"

Then onward over the expressway
and outward towards Wall Street
They had come to destroy America
without doing so they refuse to leave

Hoosiers:1, Planned Parenthood:0

Posted by axeswipe on April 29, 2011 at 7:29 PM Comments comments (0)

The Indiana Legislature passed the pro-life House Bill 1210 this week and Governor Mitch Daniels announced today that he will sign it when it lands on his desk, which will make Indiana the most pro-life state in the Union since the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling abolished all state abortion laws making abortion legally available for any reason at any stage of pregnancy.

HB 1210, once signed into law will do several things:

  • End all state-directed funding to organizations that provide abortions
  • Prohibits abortions from being performed on the unborn at 20 weeks pregnancy
  • Opts-out of abortion coverage in any state health exchanges required under the new federal health law (Obamacare)
  • Requires that women considering abortion be given full and factual information in writing
  • Abortionists must have full admitting privileges at local hospitals in order to streamline emergency care admission for women injured during an abortion.

Immediately after Governor Daniels' announcement, NARAL went on the offensive, reiterating the mantra that this bill will remove affordable health care services foe Hoosier women. The only problem with this tired mantra is that it is completely false. For one, Planned Parenthood, who will lose the most from this, claims non-profit status, yet makes millions in profits from it's abortion business. Which means that it really does not need tax dollars to provide "health services", and if it does, then Planned Parenthood needs to learn how to streamline it's spending.

Also, Governor Daniels stated in his announcement that he had already commissioned a careful review of access to services across the state, which confirmed that all non-abortion services, whether family planning or basic women’s health, will remain readily available in every one of Indiana's 92 counties. He has also ordered the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to see that Medicaid recipients receive prompt notice of nearby care options. He stated that he "will take any actions necessary to ensure that vital medical care is, if anything, more widely available than before."

Blows NARAL's argument right out of the water.

The message is clear. If you want tax dollars, then get out of the abortion business, period.

That said, Governor Daniels is still standing by his earlier comments that there should be a "truce" on social issues like abortion while the next President works on fixing the economy. One, I appreciate his optimism that Obama will not see a second term and hope for the same, but I have been disappointed by election results in the past. Two, social issues and fiscal issues are not exclusive. One impacts the other in multiple ways. Let's take the Social Security issue for example. Two things have driven the Social Security program to the near point of ruin:

  1. The Government kept borrowing money out of it to pay debts that it now cannot return to the fund
  2. Baby Boomers who are starting to retire and begin collecting Social Security benefits aborted 50% of the workforce who was supposed to replace them and contribute to the fund

At least Governor Daniels has the integrity to listen to his constituents in spite of his own opinion on the importance of this issue. I will be withholding full applause however, until he actually signs the bill into law.

Virginia Planned Parenthood Clinic Stung By LiveAction

Posted by axeswipe on February 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As expected, has released another video, this time showing a Virginia Planned Parenthood counseling a supposed pimp and prostitute on how to get around the law in order to get abortions for his underage sex workers. LiveAction has released the full, unedited footage to the Virginia State Attorney General and requested a investigation into Planned Parenthood clinics statewide. Last week's footage of a New Jersey clinic manager was decried by Planned Parenthood first as a "hoax" and the as an isolated incident after it fired the clinic manager shown in the video.

It is time for the government to wake up and defund Planned Parenthood. THese are not isolated incidents. These are trends that will continue to happen nationwide as Planned Parenthood continues to place minimum monthly quotas of abortions performed upon their clinics.

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Planned Parenthood Gets Stung Again

Posted by axeswipe on February 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM Comments comments (0) struck again! This time they went undercover into a New Jersey Planned Parenthood clinic disguised as a pimp and prostitute looking for information on how to get their (non-existant) underage, illegal immigrant prostitutes tested for STD's and abortions if necessary.

While talking to the clinic manager, she counseled them to coach their lie to her staff about their age, gave them the address to another abortion clinic that will perform illegal abortions on 14 year old girls and told them to call in advance so that she can "streamline things" for them.

There's more, but I'll let you watch the video for yourself.

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Planned Parenthood contacted the FBI last week when they discovered that LiveAction was potentially running another video sting (a knee-jerk cover-your-arse reaction) and Planned Parenthood supporters are critical of the "heavily edited" video. While the video has been edited. There was not enough to create any doubt about the truth of what was said in the conversation and the context was retained. LiveAction has submitted the complete, unedited video footage to the Department of Justice for it's own review and investigation.

Indiana representative, Mike Pence has introduced legislation that would permanently remove Title X funds from any organization that performs abortions. This could very well be the incident that convinces legislatures to pass this legislature at best or defund Planned Parenthood at least.

Let's pray for the best ;)

*Update* Here are the top lines from the video as provided by LiveAction's Lila Rose:

TopNJ PP Lines


“Pimp”: Live Action undercover actor

“Prostitute”: Live Action undercover actor

“PP”: Planned Parenthood of Central NewJersey in Perth Amboy,clinic manager, Amy Woodruff


Footage is marked by screen/frameshot.

Footage taken January 13th, 2011.

Footage taken at Perth Amboy Center,

450 Market Street

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861




Don’tWant to Get Anybody in Trouble

Pimp: Now the thing is, um, okay, so some of ‘emare like, eh, some of ‘em are young, they’re kind of like, like 15,14, and then some of them don't speak any English. 

PP: Uh, huh, ok

Pimp: You know, cause they're not even from here, soit's like -- how can they come in here? Cause it’s like, they don'talways feel comfortable coming into facilities.


PP: One, minors are always accepted without parentalconsent.

Pimp: Ok, ok

PP: The only thing you do have to be careful is

20300 if they are minor, we are obligated, if we hearany certain information to kind of report, so, the first thing that is, what ifthey do speak English or even Spanish,

20800 it doesn’t matter what they speak –if we’re going to have it translated, they just have to be aware, thatthey have to be careful with whatever – you know, I’m not going tobe like leading -- I'm don’t want to get anybody in trouble, it’sjust -


We Want As Little Information As Possible

Pimp: No, no, that’s fine - so how would yourecommend, I mean, cause you want them to get the help, so - 


PP: Well, exactly, but so, like mainly, like on thepaperwork there’s going to be a point that asks, uh, like are yousexually active, stuff like that -

Pimp: Yeah, yeah

PP: …if they're under a certain age… - youknow, me and my other counselor, like for the most part we want as littleinformation as possible – cause we don’t want to be involved inthat shit.

Pimp: Appreciate that, appreciate that.



Play Room

PP: Cause once we get to the nurse practitioner, she'sa little bit more anal, so she likes to kind of dig a little bit more. Youknow, like “How old is your partner?” … You know, that kindof stuff.

22300 so that's where, so, even if they lie, just say,“Oh he's the same age as me, 15, you know, so if they’re…it'sjust that mainly 14 and under we have to, doesn't matter if their partner's thesame age, younger, whatever, 14 and under we have to report. [edit]

22800 once they get to 15, then there's a little bitmore play room. So as long as they just lie and say, “Oh, he's 15,16….you know, as long as they don't say 14, and as long as it's not toomuch of an age gap, then we just kind of like, we just kind of play with it alittle bit.



Minors and Abortions: “You Never Got This From Me”

Pimp: So, what should they say? 


PP: Well, here's the thing, if they're not having anyissues and they're coming in just for STD testing, I would say they wouldprobably be more just to come in for the testing, no exam.


Pimp: What if they need an abortion though?


PP: Oh, that's a completely different story now. No,no, now this is more - [crosstalk] If they come in for pregnancy testing ---um, shit, at that point it still needs to be, 

24600 you never got this from me, just to make all ofour lives easier. If they’re 14 and under [circles clinic paper] justsend them right there if they need an abortion, ok? [laughter] 


Prostitute: Ok, will they ask questions… need IDor something?

PP: They won’t need ID, them, they're gonna be alittle bit more different, but

25200 their protocols aren't as strict as ours, andthey don't get audited the same way that we do, like with the [inaudible]



Without Mom Knowing What The Hell’s Going On

PP: Trust me, like, I use this like my Bible.  Youget so many parents, [inaudible], I mean I understand where they’recoming from, but they’re like, “Oh, but she’s a minor”– ok, yeah, so?


Prostitute: Yeah, but they still need to be seen

28300 exactly, you know she's still entitled to carewithout Mom knowing what the hell's going on,

28300 alright so for pregnancy 14 and under just keepus out of the loop – because they’re going to see – 

Pimp: Exactly, exactly, yeah they’d have toreport



Out of Country 2

31400 Now are most of them, when you said they don'tspeak English, do they at least speak Spanish?


Pimp: Ah, some of them are like, Asian

PP: Oh, okay. No matter what, we do have access to liketelephone translators, so if they don't speak English or Spanish we can makedo. 



Look As Legit As Possible: Put Down That They’re Sudents

Pimp: Is there any difference between the ones that arelike 15 and 14?  Will there be anything different that they need?


PP: No the only thing is the fees are cheaper.

Pimp: Oh!

PP: Yeah, cause we go on a sliding scale fee dependingon income and family size.

Pimp: Ok


PP: 19 and under, here’s a thing too. If they'reminors, just tell them to put down that they're students. 

Pimp: Students?

PP: Yeah, just kind of play along…thatthey’re students. We want to make it look as legit as possible– 

Pimp: Yeah, we want to make it look as legit– 



From Out of the Country

Pimp: Ok, ok, so we might just need to get ‘em inhere as soon as they get in here, from out of the country, why not just getthem checked out immediately.

PP: M’hm

Pimp: You know, that way we know ahead of time.


PP: I’m assuming most of them are coming inillegally, right? 


Pimp: Exactly, exactly… 


PP: And we don't do, um, you know, immigrants welcome,we don't require social, you know - 

Pimp: Cool, cool



Illegals Welcome

PP: I’m assuming most of them are coming inillegally, right? 


Pimp: Exactly, exactly… 


PP: And we don't do, um, you know, immigrants welcome,we don't require social, you know - 

Pimp: Cool, cool


PP: We try to keep everything as confidential aspossible, the only thing that ever gets shared is like with the StateDepartment – you know, positive results and stuff like that -



We’re Gonna Kinda Alter the Story And Tweak the Information

37700 PP: I'm the office manager here, so if you guyshave any questions, just let me know. So for the most part, I'm usually the onedoing most of the interviewing before they go back to the exam room.

Prostitute: Ok, great


PP: Occasionally you do have somebody, you know, who'shelping out, I might have like an extra person, you might end up gettingsomebody else – but you know -


Prostitute: Yeah I'm sure they’ll be fine. Imean, if I'm comfortable with you, then -


PP: Exactly, and you just kind of, so the whole thingis with me we already know, I see you, we already know we're gonna kind ofalter the story and kinda see what we can do to kinda tweak information.


Prostitute: Yeah.



My Nurse Practitioner: F***ing C***

39300 PP: You know my nurse practitioner is a very goodwoman clinically, but between the three of us, because we're already cool,she's a fucking cunt, we hate her.


Pimp: Yeah, okay.


PP: Like I said, clinically she's good, she knows hershit, but like I said, she likes to dig, she likes to, you know,

39600 sometimes she likes to be the hero when she'sreally the villain. So like I said, we'll kinda tweak the stuff, so she mightbe like, "Oh well, you need to fill this in" --"Well, I'm notcomfortable answering that until I'm with the nurse." You know orwhatever.


Pimp: I like that, I like that.



We’ll Kinda Tweak The Stuff

PP: Like I said, clinically she's good, she knows hershit, but like I said, she likes to dig, she likes to, you know,

39600 sometimes she likes to be the hero when she'sreally the villain. So like I said, we'll kinda tweak the stuff, so she mightbe like, "Oh well, you need to fill this in" --"Well, I'm notcomfortable answering that until I'm with the nurse." You know orwhatever.


Pimp: I like that, I like that.

PP: You know, you just--

Pimp: Yeah, we don't want people getting all in ourbusiness and all of that -



Pimp and Planned Parenthood “On the Same Page”

Pimp: Yeah, I like that we’re on the same page.


PP: Yeah, you know, and do you guys work mainly aroundhere? 

Pimp: Yeah, in the area.

PP: Because we do have other offices too but like Isaid everybody's a little different. Here, I can definitely say my nurse practitioner,she digs more.  




41100 Some other places they might not dig as much,they might dig more -


Pimp: Do you know of any other places where the nursepractitioner is not as-- 


PP: See, but it's really hard to tell because it's gonna be on a client by client basis, 

41600 worst ever comes to worst, you guys come see me.You get to this point, if I think there's gonna be a massive bump in the road,I'll jump in, we'll see what I can do, with you know, nobody looking and shit likethat.



Partner in Crime

PP: Keren is my right hand. She's the one who was at the front desk that you just spoke to, dark hair. But, if I'm not available,you just say, “Hey listen, I know Amy, just have her give me a call back,she's-“


Pimp: Yeah, Keren seemed cool.


PP:  Yeah, she's my partner in crime, and we tryto do the best that we can. So she was telling me the story that you guys kindof needed, you know, somebody who knew what the hell they were talking about.



Waist Up!

Prostitute: And then, question, if it comes down thatthey do need an abortion, how long till they can be sexually active again?


PP: Aaaaoh, minimum two weeks, minimum two weeks.


Prostitute: Do you have any suggestions about what theycould do in that time, like, cause they still need to work?


PP: Yeah, um, waist up.

43800 Pimp: Waist up?

43800 Waist up, or just be that extra action walkingby.



Slide It

Pimp: We might just need to uh, is there any way wecould stream line this? Like, how ‘bout I slide you a little -


PP: Depending on what the situation is, we might beable to do that.


Pimp: We could slide you like a 100, to just like uh,help us.



You Need Condoms?

PP: Alright, so that's my cell.

Pimp: So we could slide you like what a 100, 200? Like,what you need?


PP: I think we'll figure it out as we see what we need– 

Prostitute: Yeah


PP: Yeah, so right now, you guys need any condoms rightnow to get you started?



We’ll Work It Out

48500 PP: We’ll work it out.

Pimp: Yeah, work it out.

PP: Yeah, and obviously, if you something before theweekend, I’ll need a couple days notice – 

Pimp: Sure.  Yeah, we gonna –

PP: Pleasure meeting you guys!  We’ll worksomething out, and take care of your girls too.



Give Me Notice


PP: Yeah, so, and if you guys give me a couple days notice, that way I can even have it all set up –

Pimp: You can have it all set up, streamlined –get them in, and out.

 you can get here before we open

Prostitute: That would be good.

PP: Cause there’s even days when I’m herebefore we open, so if we can even keep it [inaudible], it might be easier–

Prostitute: That’s be good.

PP: We’ll work it out.


March for Life Media Coverage Disappointing

Posted by axeswipe on January 25, 2011 at 9:33 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday a sea of Pro-Life proponents marched on our nation's capital...and no one in the main-stream media seemed to notice. I find this very disappointing. While EWTN provided live coverage all day, the Associated Press gave it a single (and I might add, "forced") article which barely aknowledged the event and ended with a dubious statement that the majority of adults support the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade (of course, it fails to cite where it's statistics came from).

I expected as much from liberal media outlets, but even a look at the conservative Fox News (who claims to be "fair and balanced") website produced nothing but chirping crickets. Any other press came from small religious and pro-life outlets.

I really wonder how such an enormous event could be so easily shrugged off and ignored by the media? Certainly in light of the atrocities commited by late-term abortionist, Dr. Kermit Gosnell this should have been a major story, but sadly, the MSM has been mysteriously quiet on that story as well and the pro-abortion industry has also either ignored it or spun the story to make it appear that pro-lifers forced pregnant women into his clinic.

Ironically, Friday, the MSM and abortion proponents all took time to glorify President Obama for re-affirming his stance that abortion is perfectly acceptable at all stages of infant development to include, apparently, post-natal up to the age of 3.

So sad...

Earth to America...We're STILL at War With N. Korea!

Posted by axeswipe on November 24, 2010 at 2:54 PM Comments comments (0)

Quite a few blogs and news opinionators lately have been making comments about the increased tensions in the Korean peninsula, and the possible ramifications of The United States and South Korea engaging in another war with North Korea.

Wait a minute.....ANOTHER War? With North Korea?

Um....HELLO! We never finished the CURRENT war with North Korea! You know? The one that we started fighting back in the 1950s? The one that NEVER ENDED?

Yeah sure, there was a cease-fire, but there was never a formal peace agreement, nor a declaration of peace and neither side surrendered.

There is a fence separating North and South Korea and we have troops pointing guns at it and they have troops pointing guns at it. When troops point guns at each other, even without firing, they are at war people!

While I agree that RESUMING armed conflict with North Korea would be a bad thing for the U.S. in it's current ecenomic state and the fact that We're still screwing around in Afghanistan (and that North Korea is a nuclear power who is crazy enough to use it's nukes), I just wish the people talking about this would get the simple fact straight that we are officially (if not technically, at the moment) already, presently and currently at war with North Korea.

Abp. Dolan Elected President of USCCB: Crisis Diverted

Posted by axeswipe on November 16, 2010 at 12:54 PM Comments comments (0)

CNS Photo

In a surprise move today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops broke from tradition and elected Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York to a three year term as the Council President. Traditionally, the current Vice-President had been automatically elected to President.

The break form tradition was made amid recent outcry from orthodox Catholics that incumbent Vice-President, Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, AZ was too liberal in his stances on "progressive" issues to become President and for him to do so would have been a major set-back in the progress made in returning orthodoxy to the Church in America and would have resulted in a new crisis in the Church. The bishops though, have denied that this is the reason.

Rather, the implication made has been that the bishops wanted to remove the expectation that a President wouldn't be elected on his merits, but based on the office he held the last three years. The vote tally was 128-111, which is hardly a landslide, but diverts the "potential crisis" feared by some faithful.

I for one am happy that Abp. Dolan was elected. He has shown himself to not only be orthodox, but also compassionate and courageous especially in responding to the liberal media machine (such as the NY Times) which often villifies the Church.

*UPDATE* I am extatically happy to hear that Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, KY was elected Vice-President of the USCCB! He is a wonderful proponent of the Pro-Life movement and a stunch supporter of traditional marriage.

Congratulations to both Abps. Dolan and Kurtz!