Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Athens for our Grandkids!

by Steve Ray on March 3, 2009

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The Evil of Obama

by Steve Ray on March 3, 2009

Obama plans to remove ‘conscience clause’ for health-care personnel
(In other words, if you are a doctor or a nurse you WILL perform that abortion or you will lose your job or even possibly, undergo prosecution, or certainly persecution!)
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=2164

President Barack Obama has directed the Department of Health and Human Services to rescind the “conscience clause” that protects health-care personnel from pressure to participate in procedures they regard as immoral, such as abortion. The “conscience clause” was established by outgoing President George W. Bush in an executive order he released in December 2008. President Obama– who has already issued an executive order to end the “Mexico City policy” barring taxpayer subsidies for abortion advocacy– could end this policy as well.

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Church Growing with World Population

by Steve Ray on March 3, 2009

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The 2009 Pontifical Yearbook recorded that the number of Catholics worldwide increased by 1.4% from 2006-2007, just over the world population growth, which in the same period increased by 1.1%.

Priestly vocations also grew, though less (0.4%), but with notable differences between the continents: While Europe is witnessing a recession, Africa and Asia are experiencing an increase in vocations.” Numbers of permanent deacons really rose!Zenit article here.

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Africa and Asia lead a low, steady rise in number of Catholic priests worldwide
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=2165
The Vatican’s official yearbook, the Annuario Pontificio, shows a gradual increase in the number of Catholic priests worldwide. The Annuario, which was formally presented to Pope Benedict XVI on February 28, showed some growth in the world’s overall Catholic population: from 1.13 billion to 1.15 billion, for 2007–  which is the last year for which full Catholic census statistics are available. There was also a small rise in the number of bishops: from 4,898 to 4.946. The most noteworthy increase, however, was in the number of priests, which has grown since 2000 after a decade of decline. There are now over 408,000 priests in the world, and more than 115,000 seminarians training for priestly ministry. The number of priests has grown by over 20% in Africa and Asia, while falling in Europe and holding steady in the Americas.

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Fr. Groeschel to the Legionaires

March 3, 2009

THORNWOOD, New York, MARCH 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of a homily given Feb. 20 by Father Benedict Groeschel, one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, when he concelebrated Mass at the formation center of the Legionaries of Christ in Thornwood. I thought this homily was excellent. I sent [...]

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Rob G’s Story: From Cocaine to Catholic

March 3, 2009

This is a touching story of alcohol and cocaine which has ended in the Catholic Church. You can read Rob’s story here. Enjoy!

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