Archive for the ‘Patriotism’ Category

I am slowly deciphering some of the written materials left by the late Msgr. William J. Awalt. For review and comments, they are being posted at my BLOGGER PRIEST site.


Msgr. Awalt was the pastor of St. Ann’s Church in NW Washington , DC for just over 30 years, retiring in the year 2000. I was honored to preach at the Mass celebrating his 60th anniversary as a priest in 2007. His pastorate was marked by a deep devotion to the Eucharist and a never-ending preoccupation with preaching the Gospel and teaching the Catholic faith.

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I love this song by the Brotherhood of Man:

But sometimes, seeing how time changes us so quickly, makes me feel very old:

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cartoonkennedyNARAL had awarded the Massachusetts senator a 100% approval rating.

He was the Catholic voice for the culture of death for a quarter of a century, supporting not only abortion but partial birth infanticide, the use of embryonic human beings for research, and same sex unions for homosexuals and lesbians. He also championed repression against free speech and religious liberties (at least for conservative, orthodox or biblical churches) by expanding “hate crimes” legislation to include criticism of gays.

He was also responsible for the increased politicization of the Supreme Court by his pro-abortion litmus test against the nomination of Judge Robert Bork, a strict-constructionist, in 1987.  Judge Bork came into the Catholic Church a few years ago.

At the time of his death, Senator Kennedy was advocating health care reform that would guarantee federal money for artificial contraception and abortions.

While many acclaimed him as a hero for women and the poor. Many pro-lifers regarded him as one of the nation’s chief enemies of motherhood and the poorest of the poor, innocent and voiceless children in the womb.

His was a life of many personal scandals and a general lack of discretion. However, I have no desire to enumerate upon those things in his personal life which are already public knowledge. Our reaction now should be one of prayer for a man who was baptized and raised as a Catholic. God will be his judge, even as we continue to repair the damage that he did to the witness of the Church and the moral standing of our nation. Indeed, for all we know, God’s grace might have brought him to repentance and conversion in the last moments of life.

Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights Action League, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgendered groups are certainly weeping the loss of one of their great defenders and proponents. It is too bad that they neither weep for the murdered children nor about the decomposition of morals and marriage.

It is also said that Ted Kennedy was a pivotal figure in the transformation of the Democratic Party and its agenda, making possible the Obama presidency. He certainly made his impact felt upon history. Now, the final chapter is closed. He passed away from his brain cancer on Tuesday night in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. First Joseph, then John, next Robert and now Teddy— the last of the Kennedy brothers has gone to God.

Rest in peace.

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Dr. Joseph Kerwin, the first American doctor in outer space, joined other former NASA greats – including retired astronaut Dr. Bill Thornton and Mr. Gene Kranz, the Flight Director at Mission Control during the Apollo program, including the famous Apollo 13 mission – on Monday at a press conference in Houston to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s historic landing on the moon and to launch the new ad by CatholicVote.org.

The new ad opens up with a detailed 3D ultrasound of an unborn baby, and the words “At 5 weeks his heart will beat.” The ad continues, “At 9 weeks his feet will form,” and “At 80 weeks he will take his first step.” The ad concludes with famous footage of Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon and the words “at 2024 weeks…”. The final shot shows a footprint on the moon and the “Imagine” slogan.

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Both during election time and outside, many pro-lifers and good Catholics feel that it is scandalous for pro-abortion politicians and politicians to receive communion. Several bishops feel the same way and even refuse the sacrament. Others have tried to dialogue with these figures, asking that they either accept the Gospel of Life or personally refrain from taking the Eucharist. The American Life League has been especially vocal in urging American bishops to establish a unified policy to prevent such blasphemy.

Catholic Answers, an apologetics organization, distributed an e-letter in 2004 arguing that Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for the presidency, should not be permitted to receive Holy Communion. Senator Kerry had publicly dissented on Church teaching and was avidly pro-abortion. The concern of many was his poor witness to others that such dissent was acceptable for Catholics.

The Church has a right to protect both the faith of her people and to regulate the sacraments in such a way that both honors God and protects the Eucharist from defamation. The reception of the sacrament by those who are not properly disposed constitutes the grave sin of sacrilege. While there might be public consequences, this was really an internal debate and subject for the Catholic Church. Catholics can and do vote for non-Catholics and fallen-away Catholics. If politicians or media celebrities should be deemed bad Catholics, that in itself does not mean the people in the pews would not vote for them or see their movies or listen to their music.


Catholic Answers, a group dedicated to defending and explaining Catholic teaching, was fined by the Internal Revenue Service for their e-letter. It is contended that the group CATHOLICS FOR A FREE CHOICE under Francis Kissling had a hand in it. Some say that there are still many in the IRS from the Clinton years when so-called “right-wing” groups were regularly targeted.

Karl Keating of Catholic Answers said that Kissing also hated their VOTER’S GUIDE FOR SERIOUS CATHOLICS. It sought to educate Catholics about the importance of abortion; however, it did NOT mention any political parties or candidates by name. The guide was cleared of any IRS violations.

Given the fine for the e-letter, Catholic Answers is suing the IRS. They are claiming that the IRS has “intimidated” churches and non-profit groups into silence on certain controversial moral issues. This is actually the case and the reason why there is so much silence from the pulpits. Bishops are afraid and they have transferred this anxiety to their priests with very restrictive policies about what can and cannot be said.

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Norma McCorvey (formerly Roe of Roe v. Wade) is stopped and turned away Notre Dame University during peaceful pro-life demonstration. 18 PEOPLE JAILED with Pro-life Father Norman Weslin (a Catholic priest), arrested the second time this week by the Catholic (but pro-abortion) Father Jenkins at NDU who honored President Obama.



Abortion-promoting President Barack Obama is giving the commencement speech to graduating students at the University of Notre Dame. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics and at least 24 bishops are outraged. Theyre calling on Notre Dame to make a choice: Our Lady or Barack Obama.

American Life League went on location to get the scoop on students reactions.

Contact Most Rev. John DArcy, the local bishop, and ask him to remove Notre Dame from the Official Catholic Directory: 260-422-4611

Allen Keyes arrested again protesting Obama speech at Notre Dame In the slammer for the entire weekend.

Footage of Father Norman Weslin’s arrest at Notre Dame University for protesting abortion.

Barack Obama was interrupted at Notre Dame Commencement today by pro-life protesters.

Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” from the Roe v Wade Supreme Court Decision, was arrested today on the Notre Dame Campus while protesting the visit by Barack Obama.

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OBAMIAN RAPSODY – This is pro-Obama, I think?

THE OBAMA SONG – Hum, is this guy on drugs?

BARACK OBAMA JOKES – Peculiar, why does he have trouble telling jokes?

TWO TRILLION BUCKS – Okay, this one is nasty, but creative?

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