Sunday, December 23, 2007

Good Habits!

Aren't we all creatures of habit?

Perfect timing for the soon-to-be-New-Year

A Long Absence

To all my faithful readers (lol), sorry about the absence. My company moved further north in October so now my commute is 60 miles, one way, instead of 50 miles. The extra 20 miles a day is really wiping me out...

Friday, September 28, 2007

Into the catacombs!

From an email list I belong to...

=== Latest on David Parker: Local newspaper finally "gets it" --
rebukes homosexual group for terrorizing restaurant, causing
cancellation of Parker speech. ===

This Saturday, September 28, David Parker was scheduled to give a
speech to a small group of pro-family people at Valentino's
restaurant in Gloucester.

But earlier this week the restaurant abruptly told the organizer it
was cancelling the event. It turns out that Tom Lang, head of the
homosexual group "KnowThyNeighbor" threatened the restaurant, telling them that if they allowed Parker to speak, Lang's group would stage a public protest outside of the restaurant. Fearing for the safety of their patrons, the restaurant was forced to give in.

Here's the newspaper account of the incident. (Note, that the
restaurant manager originally tried to claim that it was about an
unpaid $100 deposit, which was untrue, and he later admitted the
Speech cancelled amid questions of 'hate speech' versus 'free speech'
(Gloucester Daily Times)

Yesterday, the newspaper published a surprising editorial, backing David Parker and harshly criticizing the Tom Lang and his fellow
homosexual activists. Our thanks to the newspaper for seeing the
truth and not being afraid to say it!
Pressure tactics subvert dialogue (Gloucester Daily Times editorial)

(Note: David Parker will still give his speech, but the group has been
forced to change it to a secret location.)

Civil rights violation?

The Massachusetts General Laws seem pretty clear that using threats
and intimidation to stop someone from exercising his constitutional
rights is a serious Civil Rights violation. That's exactly what seems
to have happened here -- and what the homosexual activists do all the
time to anyone whom they disagree with. We wouldn't be surprised if
David Parker were to pursue this. The question is: Would the District
Attorney have the guts to do his job? We'll keep you informed.

Chapter 12: Section 11H. Violations of constitutional rights; civil
actions by attorney general; venue

Section 11H. Whenever any person or persons, whether or not acting
under color of law, interfere by threats, intimidation or coercion,
or attempt to interfere by threats, intimidation or coercion, with the exercise or enjoyment by any other person or persons of rights secured by the constitution or laws of the United States, or of
rights secured by the constitution or laws of the commonwealth, the
attorney general may bring a civil action for injunctive or other
appropriate equitable relief in order to protect the peaceable
exercise or enjoyment of the right or rights secured. Said civil
action shall be brought in the name of the commonwealth and shall be instituted either in the superior court for the county in which the
conduct complained of occurred or in the superior court for the county in which th person whose conduct complained of resides or has his principal place of business.

Who is David Parker? He's a parent who doesn't agree that children must be indoctrinated in the public school system to accept homosexuality as normal...

It's not just about same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. It's about
deciding how your children are educated. And not allowing others to intimidate you.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Mom always said... (updated)

If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all...

From the one church in the Archdiocese of Boston that offers the TLM,

Title: Hybrid Mass
Date: Sunday September 9, 2007
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Mary Immaculate of Lourdes
Notes: Preces Cantatae alone, possibly with Guitar
No Schola Amicorum or Chant Propers

This experiment will also be repeated on 9/23/07.

There was no experiment, i.e. no guitars, thank goodness! This was reported to me by an attendee of the Mass.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 two short reminders

8:46 am

9:02 am

Also, the move by Oliver Stone, World Trade Center, was very good.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Another Tridentine Mass to be said in NH (Nashua)

From the St. Patrick parish bulletin...

In response to several requests, the extraordinary form of Mass
according to the Missal of Blessed John XXIII will be celebrated here
at St. Patrick on Sunday, September 16, at 4:00 P.M. Bishop McCormack
is aware both of the requests and the celebration that has been
scheduled in response to those requests. The frequency and times of
future celebrations are matters that will be worked out in the weeks
ahead as we continue to implement the Holy Father's motu proprio under
Bishop McCormack's guidance. Celebrations of Mass under this form
will NOT conflict with the regular Mass schedule that will continue as

Anyone interested in learning more about the Mass as it was celebrated
before the Second Vatican Council is invited to attend a session to be
held on Tuesday, September 11, at 7:00 P.M. in the parish center.

St. Patrick's is located at 29 Spring St., Nashua. The church is wheelchair-accessible.

Gee, this is yet another Tridentine Mass to be said in New England within the past several weeks. Someone said, though, that there wasn't much demand for it here in New England... Hmmmm.

Special Tridentine Mass at Holy Trinity (Boston) - 14 Sept 07

As Kelly (the Lady in the Pew) mentioned, there will be a special Tridentine Mass at Holy Trinity in Boston on September 14th. I wondered how they were able to do that because all the diocesan priests will be in an all-day meeting convened by Cardinal Sean (great timing eh?).

Holy Trinity was blessed to be able to get a religious order priest.

Naming Angels

The other day, Carrie Tomeko blogged about Opus Angelorum and the practice of naming angels. This gets very interesting because she found on Father Z's old forum site a thread which was discussing that very practice. Did you know that there was a document published by the CDF on this topic back in 1984? Father Z quickly translated a bit of it here.

Essentially, this document says that there is not to be diffused the idea that one can know the name of one's guardian angel that that one is not to invoke the (unknowable) names of angels in prayer.

I have not found online an English version of this yet and I do not have the time to translate it at the moment.

What the CDF is warning about is the great spiritual danger that can come to a person from trying to invoke angels by name. The naming of angels is something that should be avoided. Not all angels are the friends of God and man. They are mighty beings that transcend our human nature. Some of them are bent on our eternal damnation. They can apply an angelic intellect in tricking us into the loss of heaven. They do not sleep. These are demonic enemies of the soul. Demons do not relent, unless God and His angels, unless the Church God's priest intervene. The naming of fallen angels is part of the rite of exorcism. It is perilous indeed to anyone without the protection and power that comes from the sacrament of Holy Orders to name angels.

This is a foolish and sentimental practice for most people who are into this sort of thing. But it is not benign. While it is not dangerous in all situations, it is dangerous in some. We just cannot know whom or what we are invoking outside the names of the angels friendly to God whose names appear in Holy Writ: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael.

Fr. Z

Thank goodness for Father Z! I had heard on another forum that it was a good idea/practice to name one's guardian angel and did try it. I never really felt comfortable with it though...


I'm sure you've seen the BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) version of this. But now that Fred Thompson has declared, I want this bumper sticker.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Father Corapi 'Facts'

From Faith and Country...

Father Corapi does not know where you live, but he knows where you will die (in order to administer Viaticum...duh).

Every time Father Corapi says Mass, an angel gets its wings.

Father Corapi and God once shared a high-five. The wind that was created caused Hurricane Katrina.

Father Corapi, when he was in the military, once shot down an enemy plane by pointing his finger and shouting, "Bang!"

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice. Neither does Father Corapi. He doesn't have to.

"Abortion clinics, pornography stores...I would move my artillery into place and light 'em up! I would totally liquidate them...speaking metaphorically, of course"

The Soldier's Creed states, "surrender is not an option...except when Father Corapi is in town."

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. The only thing fear has to fear is Father Corapi.

Regardless of race, gender, location, or education level... at one point in your life you have underestimated Father Corapi. You will live just long enough to regret this.

"I am ready and willing to destroy my enemies in close and mortal combat."

Father Corapi's statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary wears combat boots.

Father Corapi's Rosary is made of spent .54 caliber bullet shells. No, really.

When Satan goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet to make sure Father Corapi isn't there.

An apple a day does not keep Father Corapi away. Only going to Mass and confession every day keeps Father Corapi away... sometimes.

(H/T Pro Ecclesia)

Saturday, September 01, 2007

The Fight for Marriage Continues on Several Fronts

My good friend, Scia, from KnowThyFactsNotThyNeighbors has several good posts on the War on Marriage.

The Gay Blackshorts (as Mark Shea likes to call them) are up to their old tricks in Oregon, intimidating people who would dare to sign a petition to get a marriage amendment on their ballot.

Also, how dare Mayor Naugle (Fort Lauderdale FL) try to shut down city bathrooms are cruising sites?! He should just turn a blind eye like Malden's Mayor Howard did last year when the Malden City Hall was highlighted as a great place to meet on a gay cruising website.

The Story of a Crow

An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window. The Father asked his Son, "What is this?"

The Son replied "It is a crow".

After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, "What is this?"

The Son said "Father, I have just now told you "It's a crow".

After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time,
What is this?"

At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the Son's tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff. "It's a crow, a crow".

A little after, the Father again asked his Son the 4th time, "What is this?"

This time the Son shouted at his Father, "Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times 'IT IS A CROW'. Are you not able to understand this?"

A little later the Father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his Son was born. On opening a page, he asked his Son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary: "Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a Crow. I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated... I rather felt affection for my innocent child".

While the little child asked him 23 times "What is this", the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the same question just 4 times, the Son felt irritated and annoyed.

So... If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents. From today say this aloud, "I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me. They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today". Say a prayer to God, "I will serve my old parents in the BEST way. I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Prayer Intentions

Please say a prayer for my friend Diane's father who was just diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer. The doctors are saying it's treatable.

Thank you.

What is Faith?

Father V, while talking about "art", makes several points about following the Catholic Faith and ALL its beliefs...

This is the problem many get into when finding something they disagree with, I find it interesting when someone vehemently disagrees with Church teaching and when asked why they disagree with a particular teaching the response is, “It’s not fair,” or “I don’t like it,” or “God wouldn’t say that.” When pressed for further details such as how do they know or if they know why it is that the Church teaches as she does, the conversation is blown away with the swipe of the arm as if going after an annoying fly thereby brushing off any chance that a meaningful exchange of ideas could even occur.

No teaching of the Church stands on its own. It is like a carefully constructed ball of yarn and to yank at one thread is most likely to effect many other teachings. Each teaching is not a referendum item that can be voted in or out without effecting the greater understanding of the whole.

Instead, perhaps they should try what Father V suggests,

1 My definition of art Faith is too narrow.

2 It is so far ahead of me that I just don’t get it. For example, it took me a long time to appreciate icon.

3 It speaks to something that I just happen to have no interest in but need to appreciate because to someone else it is extremely relevant.

4 The key to understanding it has not been revealed to me.

5 There is nothing to get, I am just reading too much into it.

6 It isn’t art.

These are good points (except for the last one, if it's in the Magisterium of the Church, it's Faith), in which case, see #4 and pray for understanding.

Quote of the Day

(H/T to Gates of Vienna)

From the Brussels Journal:

“Perhaps the Belgian US politicians and judiciary assume that if the people are no longer allowed to state the truth, the truth will cease to be the truth and become the lie. But it does not work that way. From now on people will simply keep their opinions to themselves, but they will become more strongly convinced of the things they know to be a fact and they will regard their politicians and their judges as the guardians of lies.”

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Traditional Latin Mass Appears in NH!

Deo Gratias.

If you believed this article in SeacoastOnline, the folks in Portsmouth New Hampshire wouldn't be seeing the TLM any time soon.

Yet the same priest quoted in the article decided to offer it at 11:00 am September 23rd at Immaculate Conception in Portsmouth. Maybe he heard about the 1,000+ who showed up for the Mass when it was offered in Vermont on August 15th.

Amazingly, it doesn't look like the church (pictured above) has been wreckovated for Vatican II.

Let me know if you'd like details.

I don't why the priest changed his mind but I'm glad he did.

Thank you, Pope Benedict XVI.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Coffee Cups

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help
themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor
said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were
taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.
While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves,
that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the
cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it
is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup,
but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you
began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this:

Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us."

God brews the coffee, not the cups... Enjoy your coffee!

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything.
They just make the best of everything."

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

I Guess I Need to Read the Book...

You're Fahrenheit 451!

by Ray Bradbury

Having wanted to be a firefighter much of your life, you've recently
discovered the job wasn't exactly what you were looking for. While ignorance seems like
the result of oppression, it all began with people just wanting to be ignorant. As you
realize more about the sordid world around you, you decide to watch less TV and work on
your memorization skills. Though your memory will save you in the end, don't forget to
practice running from dogs as well.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Political Correctness — The Revenge of Marxism

From way back in 2006 (it seems so long ago), is an in-depth discussion of Political Correctness. Read it and be depressed...

It begins with a quote from Theodore Dalrymple:

Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

The simple fact is that we never won the Cold War as decisively as we should have.

We've done no better for our children than our parents did for us. In other words, we've allowed Political Correctness to take hold. Now we have Human Rights Tribunals in towns across America and the ADL's "No Place for Hate".

JK Rowling is (or was) a member of the Chesterton Society

The proof

I just bought that new book, The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide, for the parish library too.

Monday, August 20, 2007

A Slideshow of the Mass in Burlington VT

Chris Gillibrand, of Catholic Church Conservation, found a slideshow of the TLM said in Burlington VT on August 15th (attended by over 1,000 people!).


Simply beautiful!

Friday, August 17, 2007

As I Predicted, EWTN and TLM!

As I predicted on June 28th, EWTN will be televising the Live Tridentine Mass Celebrated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (reported today by Father Z) on September 14th. Thank you Bishop Baker (newly appointed to the Diocese of Birmingham)!

I wonder if Cardinal O'Malley still thinks interest in the TLM is low here in the US?

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Organ Donation in Massachusetts

My daughter applied for a learner's permit the other day, in Massachusetts. We thought it was interesting that among the yes-or-no questions was one on organ only had the Yes check box. ???

She asked for my opinion and having just read this, a blog entry by Saint Louis Catholic on the subject, I said, no way.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Spoiler Tee

Saint Louis Catholic posted this neat tee-shirt on his blog.


It is all about spoilers so don't look if you don't want to know.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Insanity Reigns!

Just 11 more hours and this Day of Sweet 16 Party-ness will be over!!! Maybe I'll post a picture or two later (or tomorrow).

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Our Parish Library

One of the projects I've been working on this summer is to catalog all the books in our parish library. This was made relatively easy through the help of a website called LibraryThing. LibraryThing is a website which will automatically create a catalog of any list of books you give it. Most of the time I was able to input the books via their ISBNs but some books were so old that they didn't have an ISBN so I was able to look them up just by their titles and authors. It's quite an interesting little library. There are definitely a few gems in there (which I'll be able to borrow and read).

Here's our catalog. It's about 90% complete.

Please take a look and let me know if there are anymore which should be removed. Many have a tag called "remove" which I shall do shortly.
I tried to weed out as many dissidents and heretics that I could but some may have snuck past me...

Saturday, August 04, 2007

We're back!

I know, you didn't know we were gone. We left last Sunday for the wilds of New Hampshire (North Conway/Glen/Jackson area). We got back today and I will be posting various thoughts tomorrow. This is Penny, our corgi, enjoying the view at Diana's Bath, a series of waterfalls in North Conway.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Reminder: SSPX in Waltham July 30th

Here's a link from the Boston Globe event calendar.

If anyone in the Boston area attends, let me know what you think of the event!

I Was Robbed

On the near-first anniversary of my blog I wanted to publish this document again. I published it in July of last year but in 5 pieces because it's very long. I finally discovered a way to store it all in one piece so that you could read it/link to it all in one piece. It is called "I Was Robbed" and it was written by a Gen-Xer (not me!). Read it. It will resonate with many of us, baby boomers, gen-xers, etc. It should resonate, we were robbed.

Here's an excerpt (but read the whole thing);

I was robbed.

I am a "Generation X" Catholic, raised and catechized in the tumultuous aftermath of Vatican II. I was a victim of "renewal" and experimentation gone awry, and so were my peers. With great regret and without exaggeration, I contend that the results have been catastrophic for my generation. It is my firm belief that the overwhelming majority of young Catholics don't have even an elemental understanding of their Faith. As a direct result of that ignorance, young Catholics are leaving the Church in a steady stream (or, dare I say, tidal wave?).

It's not entirely accurate to say that I left the Catholic Church (though I considered it), but it's clear to me now that for most of my young adulthood, I was not in the Catholic Church. Let me give you an overview of my upbringing, which will sound familiar to countless young Catholics. I was born in the late 1960s into a believing and practicing Catholic family, and my sister and I were taught by our parents to love our Faith. Barring illness, we attended Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation without exception. We attended public schools, but we were enrolled in weekly CCD classes at our parish every year.

By the time I began religious education, memorizing the Baltimore Catechism was out, and feeling the "experience of Christ" was in. My parish priest, I believe, could not have known how the new, more "enlightened" philosophy of catechism would affect the moral development of those in his charge; at the time, he was simply caught up in the so-called "spirit of Vatican II," and was being obedient to what were considered Vatican II "mandates." Meanwhile, my parents, like the other parents, trusted that religious education classes would teach us the Faith. Sadly, that never happened.

In general, the volunteer CCD teachers were good-hearted parishioners who probably tried their best with the vacuous material they were given. Looking back, I can see that a couple of them must have been alarmed at the "new and improved" methods, and wanted to teach us the fundamentals of our Faith; for example, one year a teacher made us memorize the Ten Commandments; another year (9th or 10th grade, I believe) I heard the word transubstantiation for the first and last time. Aside from these rare moments, I assure you that precious little substantive information was imparted to us youngsters; the countless hours I spent in religious education were missed opportunities.

I can tell you in three phrases the content of a decade of catechesis: God is good, Jesus loves you, and love your neighbor. (All very good and true, don't get me wrong, but if you read your Bible you'll see that that's only half the Gospel. And sometimes half of the truth is more treacherous than an outright lie.) We were shown a lot of cartoon slide shows depicting Jesus and his parables, and I have nice images of multiplying loaves, the Good Samaritan, and Jesus' empty tomb. I don't remember anything particularly Catholic about the presentations, aside from a foray into the sacraments when it was time for First Communion or Confirmation. (But if you'd have asked me to explain what a sacrament was, I couldn't have told you.)

We weren't taught any Catholic prayers, although we all knew the Our Father from Mass attendance, and in my case from nightly prayers. I learned the Hail Mary along the way, but for many years I knew only the first half. We never discussed the lives of the saints, or even mentioned their names for that matter. (Sitting at Mass, I could never figure out who this "Paul" fellow was who wrote so many letters!)

I am thankful at least that I was born before the last vestiges of Catholic tradition could be stamped out, and in the 1970s some of the more pious and beautiful hymns were still often included in the Mass. Songs like The Church's One Foundation, Immaculate Mary, and At That First Eucharist were powerful to a child, and they have stuck with me to this day. The dramatic, colorful Bible story books I read at home also presented an unshakable image of a just and mighty God and his glorious and majestic Son. These haunting melodies and images, combined with my parents' faith and the common themes of my religious education did instill some important truths in my heart: I never wavered in my belief in God Almighty and in the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of His Son. Just who or what the Holy Spirit was or did was anybody's guess, although I did recognize that the Holy Spirit was one of the Persons of the Trinity -- whatever that meant. (I believe this particular bit of knowledge came from the repetition of another traditional hymn, which spoke of "God in three Persons, Blessed Trinity." Since traditional hymns are no longer sung on a regular basis, I can only surmise that young Catholics today are learning less than I did!)

Just fixed yesterday's post (America's First right to life organization)

Don't know why it didn't post correctly yesterday but that's what I get for posting from work...

FSSP Sermons (podcasts)

I drive an hour each way to work 4 days a week so I'm always looking for quality podcasts to listen to.

Father Tim Finigan of The Hermeneutic of Continuity posted a link last week to . I subscribed to their feed via iTunes so I'll have good listening for many weeks/months to come. I've listened to several of them already and these priests are excellent!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

America's First Right to Life Organization

On July 24, 1870:

Horatio Robinson Storer was a third-generation Boston physician & specialist in obstetrics & gynecology. He became concerned about the booming abortion trade prior to the War between the States & immediately sought ways to utilize his family's influence to halt the slaughter. Due to his tireless, zealous labor, the American Medical Association ultimately appointed him on this day (July 24th) as the chairman of a select committee to oppose child killing procedures altogether....thus was born America's 1st right to life organization

Monday, July 23, 2007

Summorum Pontificum Contact Database (update)

This database (that I mentioned last week) now has over 1300 contacts. So far as I can tell, California is leading with 118 people registered but Massachusetts seems to be in second place (woo hoo) with 59 people. Texas is a close third with 58 and Pennsylvania is right behind them with 56. Illinois has 52 but several of them are priests will to train others. Thanks Fathers!

Keep spreading the word.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Upcoming Events

Summer is flying by so I thought I'd give a quick head's up to two interesting projects coming up in October. One is for October 5, 2007, the Fifth Annual Children's Holy Hour and the second one is October 13th, the TFP Public Square Rosary Campaign.

On First Friday, October 5 ~ 2007, with an
Apostolic Blessing” from Pope Benedict XVI and in honor of the 90th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, ‘Children of the Eucharist,’ an International children’s program of the World Apostolate of Fatima, will be sponsoring the next fifth annual

Worldwide Children’s Holy Program.

Most Reverend Bishop R.William Finn of

Kansas City, Saint Joseph, will lead the Holy Hour LIVE from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

EWTN will broadcast the event to 140 nations throughout the world, spiritually uniting the prayers of our children and youth around the globe for the families of the world.

On October 13th, join the Public Square Rosary Campaign

Imagine one thousand or more rallies across America in public places. Faithful Catholics carry banners mentioning Our Lady of Fatima and her message. They gather together young and old to pray the rosary. They offer public witness to a message so often ignored.Approaching the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, is it not time to look for supernatural solutions to our nation’s problems? Is it not time for the Fatima message to be proclaimed far and wide? Is it not time for Americans to pray publicly for the future of the nation?

After all, Fatima was directed to a huge public. Fatima’s Miracle of the Sun was one of the most extraordinary and spectacular public miracles in history.
Our Lady appeared at Fatima in 1917 with a message not just for individual Catholics but for the world. She outlined the grave consequences in world events if men did not convert, pray, and do penance: Russia would spread its errors worldwide, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. Many would be martyred, the Holy Father would suffer, and a chastisement would annihilate several nations.

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of Fatima, America Needs Fatima will be promoting “public square” rosary rallies across the nation. The rallies are now starting and will culminate with a thousand or more such events on October 13, the 90th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun.

What does it take to become part of this massive effort? To organize a Public Square Rosary, all that is needed is a few friends, a Rosary, and confidence in the Blessed Mother. Any public square, busy intersection or community park will serve as a place. America Needs Fatima has set up a special center to assist you in all your needs.

Friday, July 20, 2007

I really like this bumper sticker

Would it be rude to put that on my car?

(from A Thorn in the Pew)

What to do if your priest or bishop won't implement the Traditional Mass

I'm in the Archdiocese of Boston who I fear is going to fight this Motu Proprio tooth and nail. So, via Salve Regina, who read it at the Catholic Answers forum, here's what to do. Also, if you can, copy it to disk or burn it to a CD or email it to friends.

There has been a request made to not make any additions or edits to the document if you plan to forward it along. Here it is:

Suggestions and sample letter for requesting the "extraordinary form" of the Mass (also called the Mass of Blessed John XXIII, the Tridentine Mass, and the Traditional Latin Mass) following the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.

- I suggest you read the document first, especially the twelve points. See .
- Your first letter should be to your pastor, not to your bishop.
- Write to the pastor of the parish where you are registered. If you are not registered at a parish, I suggest you register at the parish in whose territory you live, before writing to him. - - Registering at a parish does not obligate you to attend there every week.
- I think at this initial stage, the more letters the better, so each person should write his own letter. In other words, husbands and wives can write separately, as can children. Since 8 year olds are considered capable of being the lector at Mass (as happens frequently), they are certainly old enough to write to their pastor.
- Be polite, even if your requests were turned down in the past.
- Be brief; stick to the request. One paragraph should be plenty; one page is too long. Do not include complaints or other matters.
- Request the "extraordinary form of the Mass," or the "Mass of Blessed John XXIII."
- Request the Mass for both Sundays and weekdays. This does not obligate you attend every day or every week or every month. Anyone who likes the Traditional Mass can write a request. - You do not need to mention how often you plan to attend.
- Mention that your request is according to "Summorum Pontificum, articles 5.1, 5.2 & 7."
- If you know of a priest who is willing and able to offer the Mass, mention that. Your pastor may not know of a priest who can do so.
- Wait a month for a response. If you have not heard back in a month, write to the pastor again, the same letter. If he does not respond within another month, write to the bishop (see below).
- Keep copies of the letter, and the pastor's response, if any.
- It is worthwhile for one person in the parish to have a copy of everyone's letters. This may be
helpful if the matter is taken to the next step.
- It is also helpful for those who are interested to form a group within the parish, in order to promote the Mass (for example, "Blessed John XXIII Society of St. Christopher Parish").
- If there is a chapter of Una Voce in your area, be sure to join. See Another source for contacting those in your area is


July 15, 2007

Rev. Gregory Goodguy
Pastor, St. Christopher Parish
111 1st Street
Illinois City, Illinois 11111

Dear Father Goodguy,

In keeping with the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's recent document Summorum Ponitficum, articles 5.1, 5.2 and 7, I am writing to request that you have the Mass of Blessed John XXIII offered at St. Christopher Parish. I request that this extraordinary form of the Mass be offered on Sundays, feast days, and week days. I know of a priest, Fr. Fred Fortitude, who has said he is willing and able to offer this form of the Mass. If you are not able, maybe he could come to our parish to do so.

Thank you for your consideration
Yours in Christ,
Mike Medieval

- If you have written two letters to the pastor in two months and have received a negative reply, or have received no reply at all, the next step is to write to the bishop.
- At this level, it becomes even more important to form a group, since the Motu Proprio mentions a group within a parish writing to the bishop. Do not make this more work than necessary; you do not need to have meetings. Come up with a name for the group; get a list of names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of those who might be interested; and you have a group.
- Write individual letters, mentioning that you are a member of the group. If you haven't formed a group, but you know that others in your area have requested the Mass, politely mention that.
- Mention the letter(s) you have written to your pastor, when you wrote them, and his reply.
- If you have unsuccessfully requested the Tridentine Mass from the bishop in the past, you might politely mention your previous requests.
- In addition to asking for the Mass at your parish, request that the bishop appoint a chaplain or establish a particular parish for the extraordinary form of the Mass. This was not included in the letter to the pastor, because only the bishop has this authority.
- Again, keep copies of the letter, and the bishop's response, if any.
- Again, have one person keep a copy of everyone's letters.
- Follow the same procedure as you did before: wait a month for a response. If you have not heard back in a month, write to the bishop again, the same letter. If he does not respond within another month, write to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (see below).


September 15, 2007

Most Rev. Evan Easychair
Bishop of the Diocese of Illinois City
222 2nd Street
Illinois City, Illinois 22222

Your Excellency,

I am a member of the Blessed John XXIII Society of St. Christopher Parish. In keeping with the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's recent document Summorum Ponitficum, articles 5.1, 5.2, 7 and 10, I am writing to request that you have the Mass of Blessed John XXIII offered at St. Christopher Parish, or at a nearby parish. I have written to my pastor, Fr. Goodguy, twice in the past two months, but have received no reply. [OR I have written to my pastor, Fr. Goodguy, but he has declined to provide this Mass for us.]
I request that this extraordinary form of the Mass be offered on Sundays, feast days, and week days. I would also like to request that you establish a personal parish or appoint a chaplain for the extraordinary form of the Mass. I know of a priest, Fr. Fred Fortitude, who has said he is willing and able to offer this form of the Mass.
I realize that I have written to you 3 times in the past several years with this request, but in light of the recent motu proprio, I thought it appropriate to write again.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours in Christ,
Mike Medieval

- If you have written two letters to the bishop in two months and have received a negative reply, or have received no reply at all, the next step is to write to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
- At this level, it is extremely important to be part of a group.
- Each person in the group should write a letter to Ecclesia Dei.
- Name your parish, your diocese, and the group to which you belong.
- Mention that you have already written twice to your pastor and twice to your bishop, and their replies (if any). If you made request for the Mass in previous years, mention that.
- Ask that your group be given a chaplain or a particular parish.
- Attach to this letter a copy of your letter to the bishop.
- Do not send these individually. Rather, have one person write a cover letter, and include all the individual letters (with copy of the letter to the bishop attached to each) in one mailing.
- If you have been given one Sunday Mass, but you have a group that would like a daily Mass,
request a chaplain or a personal parish.


November 15, 2007

Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei,
His Eminence Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos,
President, Piazza del Sant' Uffizio 11,
00120 Vatican City, Italy

Your Eminence:

I am a member of St. Christopher Parish, in the diocese of Illinois City, in the United States of
America. I am also a member of the Blessed John XIII Society of the Diocese of Illinois City.
I respectfully request your assistance in having Mass offered in my parish, or in a nearby parish, following the Missal of Blessed John XXIII. I have written repeated requests to my pastor, Rev. Greg Goodguy, and to my bishop, Most. Rev. Evan Easychair, but have not received a positive response from them. [OR Our pastor, Rev. Gregory Goodguy, has kindly provided us with the extraordinary form of the Mass once each Sunday, but we would like to have that form of the Mass offered daily.] [OR Our Bishop, Most Rev. Evan Easychair, has kindly provided the extraordinary form of the Mass once each Sunday in another parish, but we would like to have that form of the Mass offered daily.] Would Your Excellency see fit to provide our group with a chaplain, or to establish for us a personal parish? That
would greatly assist us in having not only the extraordinary form of the Mass offered daily, but also weddings, funerals and the other Sacraments regularly provided according to the earlier ritual. There is a priest in our diocese [OR there is a priest in the Central City diocese], Rev. Fred Fortitude, who is willing and able to be a chaplain for us.

Wishing you God's grace and blessings,
Yours in Christ,
Mike Medieval


Your Eminence:

I am a member of St. Christopher Parish, in the diocese of Illinois City, in the United States of America. I am also a member of the Blessed John XIII Society of the Diocese of Illinois City.
Enclosed are letters from the members of our group, in which we respectfully request your assistance in having Mass offered following the Missal of Blessed John XXIII. We have written repeated requests to our pastor(s) and to our bishop…


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ballad of the Pews

Seen at the Cafeteria is Closed blog...

Ballad of the Pews

Here in this pew I sit and I wonder
Where all the reverence of worship has gone?
The people around me all chatter like bluejays
Heretical "Sing a New Church" is the opening song.

Why have our hymns been replaced with bad show-tunes?
Why come to church just to sing about 'me'?
Why don't we sing hymns both lovely and pious
(Why do 53-times we sing "God" and not "He")?

Here in this pew I hear banal lyrics
Of the sort that the Muppets might sing on TV
I request something reverent, hope for the glori'os
But all the director will say is "we'll see…"

Why must we sing this Haugen-Haas garbage
Why must we suffer this dumb song again?
Over two thousand years of awesome tradition
Flushed down the commode by the previous gen!

Here in this pew I suffer in silence
Surely this song must soon come to an end
But another will come and a worse one will follow
Dear Lord, Let us please sing chant once again!

- shana

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Bringing the TLM to your neck of the woods

Now that Pope Benedict XVI has freed the TLM, it's up to us (the laity) to do our part. Some enterprising techie has created a database which we can register in to find others in our cities or states who are also interested in the TLM.

Please register here so that you can then see and be seen. No personal information is displayed when the database is queried.
Here's a sample display of the Massachusetts contacts so far.

ContactID City State Postal
757 Abington MA 02351
325 Andover MA 01810
609 Auburn MA 01501
85 Boston MA 02116
64 Boston MA 02108
41 Brockton MA 02302
374 Cambridge MA 02138
112 Cambridge MA 02138
126 Cambridge MA 02138
603 Cambridge MA 02140
602 Cambridge MA 02140
290 Concord MA 01742
880 Dennis MA 02638

This is not all the folks from Massachusetts. The formatting wasn't working so I had to reduce the number of contacts...

If you are still concerned about privacy, get a new email address just for this purpose. No excuses!

Nota Bene: Two priests have bravely signed up too. I left their towns off the the list. One is west of Boston. The other is north of Boston.

Letter to the Editor

of the Boston Pilot (the Archdiocese of Boston's "newspaper")...

I guess it's not surprising that you've ignored the motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, which has freed the TLM. It's also not surprising that I refuse to subscribe to (thereby support) a "Catholic" publication which does that.

That's wasn't really fair of me though... They didn't ignore it. Here's their article (I refuse to link to it and give them the traffic),

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Before Pope Benedict XVI took off for his summer vacation in the Italian Alps, he engaged in a time-honored Vatican tradition: clearing his desk. That resulted in a flurry of decisions and documents, some long-awaited and some complete surprises. Their common denominator, apparently, was that no one wanted to deal with them again when they returned to their offices in September. Topping the list was the pope's July 7 apostolic letter on wider use of the Tridentine Mass. The document had been floating around so long that the Latin term "motu proprio," which refers to the form of the text, actually was making it into mainstream news reports. The pope began consulting on the Tridentine question in late 2005, and in early 2006 he discussed a draft text with members of the Roman Curia and the world's cardinals. The document then went into hibernation, and some people are still wondering why. After all, very few changes were made in the course of its preparation, according to Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, a strong supporter of the pope's decree.

It's one of those insignificant little news briefs from CNS in an insignificant newspaper.

The Massachusetts Legislature is at it again

Within the last year, several states including Virginia and Texas looked at requiring the HPV vaccine. Texas was especially undemocratic in that Governor Perry, a Republican (well, he has an R after his name) signed an executive order mandating that sixth grade girls get the vaccine. The Texas legislature passed a bill overriding his executive order. The other HPV bill in Virginia went down to defeat too.

So, you would think that the MA legislature would have learned from the other states' experiences. Guess not.

Among the concerns:

* There is strong feeling the drug has NOT been inadequately tested. It's unknown what long-term side effects might be.
* There are dozens of strains of HPV, but this only protects against four of them and not the others.
* What are the emotional and psychological effects on giving an 11-year-old girl a "vaccine" for a sexually transmitted disease?
* Boys can also be carriers of HPV - what about them?

This bill is being pushed in Massachusetts and other states across the country by the drug giant Merck, the only company making a vaccine for HPV. Merck appears to be spending enormous amounts of money in lobbying efforts across the country, and sales of the drug could reach $4 billion according to some estimates.

Here is some background on the issue from various sources

Three girls have died and several others hospitalized after being vaccinated.

MassResistance (a parents' rights watchgroup here in Massachusetts) reported on it after a hearing was held at the Statehouse last week

Another Catholic mom and blogger (who is also a doctor) is in favor of the vaccine but not for making it mandatory.

Overturn RP65 is a blog started by a Texan to track the progress of the effort to overturn Governor Perry's executive order.

The Senator who has sponsered the bill is Richard Moore, in case you want to contact him with questions. I know I do.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Another "Catholic" Heretic's Head Catches Fire

From Tony, at Catholic Pillow Fight via Thoughts of a Regular Guy...

It seems that Sister Joan Chittister wasn't too happy about the Motu Proprio

His last line is "Remember that next time you propose that the Church might need lay "oversight"."

Yup. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it...

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Reposting my attempt at a motivational poster

From back in early May...

Posted by Picasa

Create your own!

The SSPX has wasted no time in Boston!

The Public are warmly invited to a Conference on the topic of the Crisis in the Catholic Church today:
Its Causes
Its Remedy
The return of the Immortal Latin Mass and the Papal Motu Proprio of July 2007

PLACE: Best Western Hotel, 380 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451
TIME :__7 to 9 PM
DATE :__July 30th



I am truly disappointed that due to a prior commitment, I won't be able to attend the meeting that night.

The Motu Proprio is here!

Now the hard work begins...

Friday, July 06, 2007

Sorry about the lack of posts lately

Between revamping the parish library (more on that later) and organizing my daughter's Sweet 16 birthday party, my evenings are full!

Overheard on the Catholic Answers forums

"Hopefully the Tridentine Mass becomes as ordinary in the Latin Rite as the extra-ordinary ministers are in the ordinary rite."

From someone's lips to God's ears!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The TLM on EWTN?!

How soon after the Motu Proprio is published will we see the TLM on EWTN?

Won't that be glorious?!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

You Light Up My Life

One of the many great things about having a teenage daughter is experiencing flashbacks like endlessly listening to "You Light Up My Life" from 1977, now redone by LeAnn Rimes. She loves 80s music too!

Can Barry Manilow be far behind?

Fun With HTML

From the HTML Bootcamp on FreeRepublic, if you'd like to jazz up your blog pages...

Bold "on" = < b > Bold "off "= < /b >
Typing in:
< b > Bold < /b > no more bold
Looks like:
Bold no more bold

The rest work the same way

Italic: < i > Italic < /i > Italic

Underline: < u> Like This</u> Like This

Strikeout: < s> Strike! </s> Strike!

Center: < center > Am I centered? </center>
Am I centered?

Blink: Wiken, < blink > Blinken < /blink> and Nod

Wiken, Blinken and Nod

Marquee: < marquee > Am I moving? </marquee> Am I moving?

Marquee and Blink may or may not show depending on your browser.

Nothing to it right?
Now these require you to enter what you want between the " and ".

Font Size: < span style="font-size:?;" ></span> (?=font sizes; 1-7)

Font Color: < font color="??????" > Black </font>
White It's White, trust me it's there (highlight it with your pointer)

Here's a large list of available colors.

< SPAN STYLE="background:yellow" > Highlighted Text Here </SPAN>

Which produces: Highlighted Text Here

Other colors can be used instead of "background:yellow" such as red, pink, orange, cyan, lightgreen, violet, lavender or even fuschia.

Go practice!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Tell Me Again Why Peter Meade is Still Employed by the Archdiocese of Boston?

People around the Catholic blogsphere are noticing that Peter Meade wrote an op-ed on the joys of same-sex marriage here in the Gay State(I mean Massachusetts).

Update: Here's a link to a response to what he said in his op-ed

Much of the information below is from a 'public' email sent to him in 2005.

This is not the first time Mr Meade has strayed from Catholic teachings. He has

--Supported adoptions by gay couples
--Attended big-ticket fundraiser for pro-abortion, pro-gay unions politician
--Criticized Archdiocese for removing pro-gay pastor
--Recommended keeping parish open so pro-gay pastor could keep job
--Defied Bishop of Boston twice by taking money from dissident group

More details are below...

October 22, 2005: Because the Catholic Church’s position is that adoptions by gay couples are “gravely immoral,” why did you tell the Globe that Catholic Charities should be accepting same-sex couples willing to adopt needy children? You said, "What we do is facilitate adoptions to loving couples. I see no evidence that any child is being harmed."

You are a very well-known and important executive, so maybe you see evidence us lowly people don’t see. Can you reveal how you are empowered with wisdom that the teaching authority of the Church lacks and the medical experts are missing too?

The Vatican document Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons says:

"Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development. This is gravely immoral and in open contradiction to the principle, recognized also in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, that the best interests of the child, as the weaker and more vulnerable party, are to be the paramount consideration in every case."

OK, maybe what the Vatican and the UN says are not well-enough-informed for someone as influential as you are.

Can you explain then why even the Boston Phoenix publishes evidence that “lesbian parents “raise queer kids.” The Phoenix, which I am sure you and your family read regularly, published a very good, if not an outstanding article--"Queer as your folks—A new study says gay parents create gay kids."...It says, “(How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?", a 24-page article published in the April issue of the American Sociological Review, University of Southern California professors Judith Stacey and Timothy J. Biblarz found that the children of lesbian parents were more likely to experiment with same-sex relationships than those raised by heterosexuals. Girls raised by lesbians tended to be more "more sexually adventurous and less chaste" than those raised by straight parents.” Boston Phoenix, October 2001. Is this what you want for your own children? Is this not evidence of harm to a child?

Source - pdf

Were you unaware of all of the health risks of homosexual behaviour? Here are a few examples: higher rates of interpersonal maladjustment, depression, conduct disorder, childhood abuse (both sexual and violent), domestic violence, alcohol or drug abuse, anxiety, suicide, death at an early age, incidence of anal cancer, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and dependency on psychiatric care than heterosexuals. There is more detailed information at, and I listed details at the end of this message in case you do not web browse yourself:

Catholic Answers article on same-sex marriage

Family Research Council article on health risks of homosexuality

September 27, 2003: You were quoted in the [Boston] Herald as saying, "Not even my dog believes that story”—that the archdiocese axed a the popular, gay-advocating dissident Newton pastor over a car lease and stipend that violated church rules. "The idea that a priest" is forced out "over a Honda paid for by the parish," said Meade, "is absolutely preposterous."

I hope your dog and my dog (George) can meet, since my dog says he doesn’t believe that you are even Catholic. Even more important, I ask you why is this preposterous? Authorities couldn’t convict criminal Al Capone on murder charges, so he was ultimately jailed in 1931 for tax evasion. People like you, Jack Connors, and Fr. Hehir publicly dissent from Church teachings all the time. If you are asked often by the Archbishop to serve in leadership roles, isn’t it totally consistent with current practices for the Archdiocese to keep a dissident like Walter Cuenin in a pastoral role and only remove him for money reasons?

September 16, 2005: you attended a $1,000/plate fundraiser for pro-abortion, pro-gay-unions politician Sen. Barack Obama (IL). Since the Church opposes abortion and gay unions, is this an indication of your Catholicism?

( Boston Globe, 9/19/05)

June 17, 2005: The committee you led on reconfiguration review recommended that St. Susannas in Dedham stay open for three more years so the pastor, Fr. Steven Josoma, could finish his term.

Did you know he has advocated for gay marriage and gay union before you gave him the reprieve? Did you know he publicly gave money to pro-gay legislators, and was booted from St. Brendan’s in Dorchester a few years ago for some inappropriate behavior or actions—something having to do with a youth group? Did you know 3 months after your committee gave him a reprieve, he organized a bus of parishioners to go to the MA statehouse and support the same financial disclosure AB Sean P. O’Malley opposes?

In 2002 and 2003, as vice-chair of Catholic Charities, I am told you and your buddies at CC defied Cardinal Law and then temp-bishop/apostolic administrator Bishop Richard Lennon by accepting funds from the dissident group, Voice of the Faithful—twice I think. On April 1, 2003 you were quoted saying, Catholic Charities board decided in December [when you first defied the Cardinal-archbishop] “that to turn down money from any contributor would be a mistake that might alienate other contributors.”

Then after knowing Lennon, specifically barred Catholic Charities from accepting donations from the group, you guys decided to do whatever the hell you wanted and take the money.

So tell me again, why does this man have anything to do with the Archdiocese of Boston in any official capacity?

Why, Cardinal Sean, why?

Friday, June 08, 2007

Dennis Prager Is Wrong

Sometimes, instead of listening to Rush, I listen to Dennis Prager,
another conservative (I thought) talk show host.

Unfortunately today he was talking about how it didn't make sense to choose a president based on his pro-life (or lack thereof) stance.

He said that electing a pro-life president is a waste of time because the only two things he can do is sign legislation and appoint justices
to the Supreme Court.

Therefore, Rudy Guiliani is an acceptable Republican candidate worth consideration.


Update: I found the transcript(?) of the portion of Mr Prager's show in which he said this...

...let’s be honest, pro-life presidents have done nothing, nothing with regard to abortion, and the reason is they can’t do anything. It’s not the executive’s place. Ronald Reagan was pro-life, George W. Bush is pro-life. The only thing they can do is appoint Supreme Court justices, and Rudy Giuliani has essentially sworn on his mother’s life, or on his mother’s grave, if she’s not with us, that he would appoint people just like George W. Bush appointed, and I believe him.

It's not an exact transcript. He said there's only 2 things a president can do and he didn't mention Reagan at this particular point...


I know many of us are not happy with President Bush right now for
various reasons but here is a partial list of what a pro-life
president can do (and has done).

January 22, 2001 President Bush Reinstates Mexico City Policy (bans
use of U.S. money for organizations that promote abortion overseas)

March 22, 2001 President Bush Helps Dedicate Pope John Paul II
Cultural Center

"The Pope reminds us that while freedom defines our nation,
responsibility must define our lives," the President said. "He
challenges us to live up to our aspirations, to be a fair and just
society where all are welcomed, all
are valued, and all are protected. And he is never more eloquent than
when he speaks for a culture of life. The culture of life is a
welcoming culture, never excluding, never dividing, never despairing
and always affirming the
goodness of life in all its seasons."

March 28, 2001 Reuters reports "Bush issues abortion rule order,
outflanks Senate"

April 17, 2001 President Bush Restricts RU-86 Funding and Close White
House Feminist Office

April 24, 2001 Bush Bans Sex Films from Air Force One

April 25, 2001 President Bush appoints Fatherhood proponent

April 30, 2001 Proclamation - National Day of Prayer

May 16, 2001 U.S. House Backs President Bush in Denying Funds to
Overseas Groups That Promote Abortion Legalization

May 17, 2001 Bush Administration Begins Effort to Put Pro-Life
Advocates on International Panels Source: Washington Post

May 21, 2001 Further Analysis Shows Bush's First Judicial Picks
Promising Source: Pro-Life Infonet

May 26 Bush Overrules Powell on Nominee Appoints Pro-lifer to
Important State Department Post

June 1, 2001 Bush Won't Issue Gay Proclamation, Opts Out of Gay Pride
Day Source: Associated Press

June 21, 2001 Bush Supports Strongest Pro-Life Ban on Human Cloning
Source: Associated Press

July 6, 2001 Bush Administration Awards Abstinence Grants to CPCs,
Pro-Life Groups

August 13, 2001 Bush Would Veto Any Funding of Additional ESCR

August 16, 2001 Attorney General John Ashcroft recently warned that
less than 10 % of judges nominated by Bush have even had a hearing
before the Democratically led Senate Judiciary Committee

August 28, 2001 Bush Won't Back Down to the United Nations on Abortion
Source: Reuters

October 15, 2001 Bush Administration Awards Adoption Awareness Grants-
HHS Press Release

November 7, 2001 White House and Lawmakers Fight Pro-Abortion Amendments

November 7, 2001 Democratically Led Senate Attempts to Weaken Pro-Life
Policies Are Blocked by Veto Threats and Pro-Life Lawmakers

December 5, 2001 Bush Selects Pro-Life Ex-Gov to Head Republican Party

December 10, 2002 Changes in the White House (from the Patriot's Herald)

January 31, 2002 Bush Administration Proposes Coverage of Unborn
Children in Health Insurance

February 26, 2002 President Bush's Remarks at St. Luke's Catholic Church

September 27, 2002 Bush Administration Finalizes Coverage of Unborn
Child in Health Insurance

January 18, 2002 Bush Declares Sanctity of Life Day January 20, 2002

January 22, 2002 Remarks By President Bush in Phone Call to March For
Life Participants

January 20, 2002 President Bush Seeks Increased Abstinence Funding
Source: Associated Press

January 31, 2002 Bush Administration Classifies Developing Fetus as
Unborn Child Source: Associated Press

States may classify a developing fetus as an "unborn child" eligible
for government health care, the Bush administration said Thursday,
giving low-income women access to prenatal care and bolstering the
arguments of
abortion opponents.

February 1, 2002 President Bush has chosen an advocate for the aging
who once worked with Mother Teresa to head his revamped effort to
provide federal funds to religious charities. See the interview with
Jim Towey in Crisis Magazine

February 2, 2002 President Bush's Sincere Appreciation For Prayers
Said For Him

February 26, 2002 The President's Welfare Reform focuses on families,
abstinence and work

March 6, 2002 Bush's National Institute of Health Nominee Supports
Complete Ban on Human Cloning Source: Washington Post, Baltimore Sun

March 14, 2002 Democratically led Senate quashes Nomination of
Pro-Life Judge Charles Pickering

April 8, 2002 President Bush Will Speak to Pro-Life Leaders Wednesday
Source: National Right to Life News

April 10, 2002 President Bush's Remarks in Opposition to Human Cloning

April 11, 2002 President Bush Calls on Senate to Back Human Cloning

April 11, 2002 UN Decides Against Cairo+10, Fears Bush Administration
Source: Friday Fax

May 2, 2002 Proclamation National Day of Prayer

May 2, 2002 Bush Administration Opposing Abortion at UN Child
Conference Source: Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute

May 23, 2002 Pro-Life Judge D. Brook Smith confirmed for Third Circuit
Court of Appeals

May 26, 2002 Atheist loses bid to halt Bush's faith references

May 31, 2002 Crisis Magazine Editor Evaluates Bush's Relations With U.S.

July 9, 2002 Pro-Abortion Groups Attack Bush Judicial Nominee- Priscilla Owen
Source: Reported by Associated Press

July 22, 2002 Bush Administration Withholds UNFPA Money Source: Associated Press

July 24, 2002 Bush Announces Initiavtive to Encourage Adoptoin of
Children in Foster Care

July 29, 2002 Bush Inherited a Weak Economy: By January 2001 when Bush
took office Nasdaq tumbled 46% off its peak and the GDP had
decelerated to 1.9% in the quarter just ended from 5.7% just six
months earlier.
Source: Editorial in Investors Business Daily

August 5, 2002 Bush Signs Born-Alive Infants Protection Act Source:
National Right to Life Committee

September 17, 2002 NARAL Opposes Michael McConnell's Nomination to the
Tenth Circuit Court Of Appeals
Statement of NARAL President Kate Michelman

October 3, 2002 Democrat-Controlled U.S. Senate Kills Pro-Life Bills
Favored by President Bush and Passed by U.S. House

* The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (H.R. 4965), passed by the House
on July 24, 2002, 274-151.

* The Weldon-Stupak-Brownback legislation to ban all human cloning,
including the cloning of human embryos (H.R. 2505, S. 1899), passed by
the House on July 31, 2001, 265-162.

* The Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 503), a bill to recognize
as a legal victim any unborn child who is injured or killed during
commission of a federal crime, passed by the House on April 26, 2001,

* The Child Custody Protection Act (H.R. 476), to make it a crime to
take a minor across state lines for a secret abortion, if this
abridges her parents ' right to be involved under their home-state
law, passed by the House on
April 17, 2002, 260-161.

* The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 4691), to prohibit state
and local governments from discriminating against hospitals and other
health care providers for refusing to participate in abortions, passed
by the House
on September 25, 2002, 229-189.

October 6, 2002 President Bush Building Strong Pro-Life Record
Source: Boston Globe

October 14, 2002 White House staffers gather for Voluntary Bible
Study Voluntary Meetings
Source: USA Today

October 17, 2002 Germany Attacks Bush Administration Position Against
All Human Cloning
Source: Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute

October 29, 2002 Pro-Abortion Group and Senator Daschle jointly
appeal for pro-abortion Senate- Reported by National Right to Life
Source: Email Sent From NARAL

October 29, 2002 Pro-Abortion Group opposes nomination of Dr. W. David
Hager to chair the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.
Hager is a member groups like Christian Medical Association and
Resource Council for Focus on the Family Source: California Abortion
Rights Action League

October 30, 2002 Bush Directs Advisory Committee to Protect Human Embryos
Source: Associated Press,Washington Post

October 31, 2002 Pro-Life Groups Applaud Bush Decision on Human Embryos
Source:Cybercast News Service

November 1, 2002 Bush backs away from reproductive health pact
Source: Knight Ridder Newspapers

November 8, 2002 Bush Administration Fights for UN to Oppose All Human Cloning
Source: Reuters

November 8, 2002 Bush Right to Oppose Abortion at International Meetings
Source: Population Resource Institute

November 14, 2002 White House Pressures Congress to Keep Military Abortion Ban
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

Novermber 18, 2002 Pro-Abortion Senators May Filibuster Pro-Life
Judicial Nominee
Source: NY Times, National Review

November 19, 2002 Senate Approves Pro-Life Judicial Nominee
Source:Associated Press

November 19, 2002 Bush Administration Opposition Continues to Derail
Fake UN Cloning Ban
Source: Associated Press

November 21, 2002 Bush Nominee for FDA Panel Says RU 486 Unsafe
Source: Cybercast News Service

November 25, 2002 Abortion Advocates Bash Bush's Pro-Life Foreign Policy
Source: Cybercast News Service

November 26, 2002 Don't Believe the Media Portrayal of Bush as Not Pro-Life
Source: by Paul Weyrich Cybercast News Service

November 27, 2002 Radicals Attack Bush Because of UN Pro-life Stance
Source: Austin Ruse of Friday Fax

December 3, 2002 Ralph Neas of the Pro-Abortion Group People For The
American Way President Bush for Nominating Pro-Life Judges
Source: People For the American Way

December 9, 2002 Bush Administration Cracks Down on Illegally
Imported Abortion Drugs
Source: Associated Press

December 10, 2002 Bush May Nominate Pro-Life Supreme Court, Appeals
Court Justices
Source: New York Times, U.S. News and World Report

December 12, 2002 Bush Srongly Condemns Racism While Promoting Faith
Based Initiatives
See the President's Remarks at

December 12, 2002 Congressional Letter Supports Bush Opposition to
International Abortion Advocacy
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

December 15, 2002 UN Population Summit Begins, Bush Administration
Battles Abortion Advocates
Source: Associated Press, Knight Ridder Newspapers

December 17, 2002 Bush Admin. Called 'Heroic' For Opposing Abortion
At Population Summit
Source: Cybercast News Service

December 20, 2002 The chairman of President Bush's bioethics council , Dr.
Leon R. Kass of the University of Chicago, accused Stanford University
today of trying to conceal the true nature of its stem cell research plan.
Source: Associated Press:

December 26, 2002 Bush Admin Appoints Pro-Life Doc to FDA Panel
Source: Associated Press

December 27, 2002 US Attacked for Pro-life Stance at UN Conference in
Source: Friday Fax

December 31, 2002 Abortion Opponent Is Named to Panel On Women's Health
Source: Associated Press

January 3, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups Hope Bush Won't Renominate Owens
Source: Associated Press

Lt Col. Rick Jones HQ USAF/ILMY speaks about meeting Bush at the Pentagon:

January 7, 2003 Bush Renominates Pro-Life Judicial Candidates
Source: Associated Press

Planned Parenthood Attacks Bush on Pro-Life Record
Source: Planned Parenthodd's Website:

January 14, 2003 President Bush Declares Sanctity of Human Life Day
Source: Associated Press Also see:

January 22, 2003 Bush Addresses Pro-Lifers Assembled For March For Life

January 22, 2003 Bush Admin Diverts UNFPA Funds to Maternal Health Programs
Source: Reuters

January 25, 2003 Abortion Advocates Attack Another Bush Pro-Life Judicial
Source: Los Angeles Times

January 27, 2003 Pro-Abortion Feminist Majority Opposes Bush's Latest
Pro-Life Woman Judicial Nominee
Source: Feminist Daily News Wire:

January 28, 2003 President Bush Calls for Ban on Partial-Birth
Abortion and Human Cloning in His State of the Union Address Source:
Pro-Life Infonet See also:
"By caring for children who need mentors, and for addicted men and
women who need treatment, we are building a more welcoming society - a
culture that values every life. And in this work we must not overlook
the weakest among us. I ask you to protect infants at the very hour of
birth, and end the practice of partial-birth abortion. And because no
human life should be started or ended as the object of an experiment,
I ask you to set a high standard for humanity and pass a law against
all human cloning."

Source: Press Release from the National Right to Life Committee

January 30, 2003 Pro-Abortion Democrats Block Aid to Women in Afghanistan
Source: Friday Fax

Source: Press release from the U.S. Department of Education

February 1, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups Urge Filibuster of Bush Judicial
Source: National Right to Life

February 6, 2003 Bush Will Veto Spending Bill That Doesn't Ban
Abortion Funding
Source: Washington Times, Washington Post

February 11, 2003 Senate Democrats Say They Can Block Bush Judicial Nominee
Source: Associated Press

February 12, 2003 The new guidelines, part of President Bush's No Child Left
Behind Act of 2001, will affect schools across the country.

The guidelines state:Students may express their beliefs about religion
in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from
discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions.
Source: Courier Post Online

Max Lucado with President Bush (Bush says he feels stronger than ever
because of all the people praying for him:

February 17, 2003 Bush may tap California Supreme Court Justice Janice
Rogers Brown, a conservative judge who ruled against affirmative
action and abortion rights, if a spot opens on the U.S. Supreme Court
Source: Newsweek

February 17, 2003 President Bush May Deny AIDS Funding to Pro-Abortion Groups
Source: Associated Press

Why and How the Military Salutes President Bush Source: The
Patriot's Herald

February 26, 2003 White House condemns "human embryo farms" amendment
Source: National Right to Life

February 26, 2003 President Bush Urges Congress to Vote for Pro-Life
Cloning Ban
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

February 27, 2003 California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action
League Urges Senators to Oppose Bush's Pro-Life Nominees to U.S. Court
of appeals: Miguel Estrada and Jeffrey Sutton Source: email from
California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

March 4, 2003 Paige lauds Stanford school-reform plan

Education Secretary Rod Paige yesterday applauded a report by a
Stanford University think thank that calls on federal and state
governments to "explore additional forms of school choice, pushing far
beyond the boundaries of within-district public school choice."
Source: Washington Times

March 5, 2003 Newsweek Profiles Bush as Most Religious President of
Recent Times
Source: Newsweek

March 11, 2003 Bush Administration Issues Statement Supporting
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

March 13, 2003 Senate G.O.P. Holds Firm as Vote on Abortion Nears
Source: New York Times

March 13, 2003 Senate Passes Partial-Birth Abortion Ban by Wide Margin
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

March 13, 2003 Bush Pro-Life Judicial Nominee Texas Supreme Court Judge
Priscilla Owen May Receive Vote Soon
Source: Associated Press

March 24, 2003 Bush Administration Provides Record Funding for Abstinence
Source: Washington Times

March 20, 2003 Another Bush Pro-Life Judicial Nominee - Carolyn Will Be
Smeared By Liberals
Source: Traditional Values Coalition

March 27, 2003 Senate Judiciary Committee Confirms Bush Pro-Life Judicial
Nomineee - Priscilla Owen
Source: Associated Press

March 31, 2003 California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League
Urges Senator Feinstein to Oppose Bush's Pro-Life Nominee to the Court of
the Appeals - Judge Carolyn Kuhl
Source: email from California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

April 8, 2003 California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League
Urges Senators to Oppose Bush Pro-Life Judicial Nomineee - Priscilla Owen
Source: email from California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

April 12, 2003Touching Story About Bush Praying For Wounded Troops on Visit
to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Source:


April 10, 2003 Senate Committee Will Vote This Month on Next Bush Pro-Life
Judicial Nominee - Carolyn Kuhl Source: Pro-Life Infonet

April 10, 2003 President Bush Nominates Another Pro-Lifer for Judicial
Spot - Alabama's Pro-Life Attorney General Bill Pryor
Source: Mobile Register

April 15, 2003 God-Free School Zones U.S. Education Secretary Rod
Paige is under fire for defending religious freedom

April 15, 2003 President Cites the "Power of Prayer" in POW Safety
Returning from Camp David on Sunday, President Bush was asked after
gettingoff the helicopter what role faith and prayer had in the rescue
of the POWs and in comforting their families. He said, "A lot of them
told me they had been sustained by prayer, been comforted by the
Almighty during what had to have been very difficult times. They told
me that they felt their prayers had been answered. Prayer is powerful
Source: Presidential Prayer Team []

April 17, 2003 Schumer: Catholics Need Not Apply: Ken Connor
President of Family Research Council Criticizes New York Senator Chuck
Schumer for Opposing Bush's Catholic Pro-Life Judicial Nominees

April 17, 2003 President's Easter Message
For Christians, the life and death of Jesus are the ultimate
expressions of love, and the supreme demonstrations of God's mercy,
faithfulness, and redemption. Since Christ's miraculous Resurrection
on Easter, more than 2,000 years ago, Christians have expressed joy
and gratitude for this wondrous sacrifice and for God's promise of
freedom for the oppressed, healing for the brokenhearted, and
salvation. For the full message see:

April 18, 2003 Another Judge Comes Under Attack Summary:
Pro-abortion Democrats now have another Bush judicial target to smear:
Leon Holmes. Source: A Note From Traditional Value Coalition's
Executive Director Andrea Lafferty

April 19, 2003 Bush Admin Allows States to Insure Unborn Children Through CHIP
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

April 22, 2003 The Constitution Be Damned: Democrats try to impose a
religious test on judges.
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

April 24, 2003 Bush's Pro-Life Judicial Appointments Need Your Help
Source: Pro-Life Infonet

Over the last few months, the Pro-Life Infonet has reported on several
pro-life nominees President Bush has appointed to various judicial

Some of these nominees have track records of upholding pro-life
legislation or publicizing their view that Roe v. Wade is bad law.
Others have pledged to uphold the rule of law and not legislatie from
the bench -- attributes
that call for respecting the right of state legislatures to pass laws
that limit abortion.

Below is an overview of eight judicial nominees that deserve your
support and backgrounds on them and their nominations:

Miguel Estrada -- Nominated for the Circuit Court of Appeals for
Washington D.C., the second highest court unde the Supreme Court and a
stepping stone to a later Supreme Court appointed, Estrada was brought
to the Senate floor earlier this year. He does not believe that the
Constitution guarantees a right to abortion. Some senators are
blocking Estrada's confirmation vote by engaging in a filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) failed in four attempts to
cut off debate (known as cloture), garnering only 55 of the 60 votes
needed. It is unclear whether he whether he will try again. Tell your
Senators to stop the filibuster.

Jeffrey Sutton -- Sutton was nominated for the Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals, and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February.
The full Senate began consideration of the Sutton nomination before
the Easter
recess, but did not vote. They will resume debate on Tuesday, April
29th and probably vote that same day. The pro-abortion Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice joined other organizations in a
letter which says, in
part, "Jeffrey Sutton's ... confirmation to a lifetime position on the
federal bench threatens to dismantle the important gains that have
been critical to women's success and we urge you to reject his

Priscilla Owen -- Nominated for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,
Owen was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in March in a
straight party-line vote. As a Texas Supreme Court justice, Owen
frequently voted to uphold Texas' parental notification statute and
refused to allow teen girls to have abortions without their parents'
knowledge. Unable to get opponents to agree not to filibuster Owen,
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) has been indefinite about
when he will seek a confirmation vote, but it may be in early May.

John Roberts -- Roberts was nominated for the Circuit Court of Appeals
for Washington D.C., and was approved by the Senate Judiciary
Committee in February. As a Justice Department official in the 1990s,
he argued that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and actively promoted
efforts to get that decision overturned. In one brief he argued that
pro-life protesters outside abortion businesses did not discriminate
against women. He
supported a pro-life measure prohibiting federally-funded family
planning facilities from referring for abortions. The Roberts
nomination has not yet come to the Senate floor, but could come up in

Deborah Cook -- Cook was nominated by President Bush for the Sixth
Circuit Court of Appeals, and approved by the Senate Judiciary
Committee in February. As an elected justice of the Ohio Supreme
Court, Cook's candidacy was endorsed by Ohio Right to Life. Her
nomination is expected to come to the Senate floor in May.

Carolyn Kuhl -- Nominated for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The
Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet to act on her nomination, but
is expected to do so in May. As a Justice Department official in the
1980s Kuhl aggressively argued for the outright reversal of Roe v.
Wade. As an attorney in private practice in the early 1990s she
represented a pro-life physicians group and argued in support of
limiting abortion referrals at
federally-funded family planning facilities.

Charles Pickering -- He has been nominated for the Fifth Circuit Court
of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet brought him in
for a hearing, but is expected to do so in May. He once chaired a
Republican initiative that approved a plank for the party platform
decrying the Roe v. Wade decision "as an intrusion into the family
structure," and calling for a right-to-life amendment to the
constitution. His son Chip
Pickering is a pro-life Congressman from Mississippi.

J. Leon Holmes - Holmes has been nominated for the Federal District
Court in Arkansas. The Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet acted
on his nomination, but could do so in May. He is a strong pro-life
advocate and
the former president of Arkansas Right to Life.

Source: National Right to Life Committee

April 28, 2003 Pro-Abortion Feminists criticize female court picks
Source: Washington Times:

April 30, 2003 Bush Selects Another Pro-Life Appeals Court Nominee
Extending his streak of picking pro-life advocates, or those willing
to uphold pro-life legislation, for important U.S. Appeals Court
positions, President Bush on Monday nominated Claude Allen to the
Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
Source: Washington Post, Richmond Times Dispatch

(Allen helped draft Virginia's parental notification law and supported
a pro-life law requiring abortion facilities to give women information
about abortion's risks and alternatives 24 hours prior to performing
an abortion.
Similar laws in other states have significantly reduced the number of

May 1, 2003 Democrat Senators Block Bush's Pro-Life Judicial Picks Source:
Associated Press

May 5, 2003 Senate Approves Pro-Life Judicial Nominee, Continues Filibuster

Judicial nominee Deborah Cook, denied even a hearing let alone a vote
by the previous Democratic-led Senate, won confirmation on Monday from
the Republican-controlled Senate.

Cook was nominated by President Bush for the Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals, and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February.
As an elected justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Cook's candidacy was
endorsed by Ohio Right to Life, and she cast a pro-life vote in one
case that reached the state's top court.

On a largely party-line vote of 66-25, the Senate approved Cook's
nearly two-year-old bid to elevate the Ohio Supreme Court justice to
the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The court would
handle appeals of
legislation, including pro-life bills, from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee
and Michigan.

Also on Monday, Republicans tried and failed for a fifth time to stop
a Democratic filibuster of another long-stalled judicial nominee,
Miguel Estrada.
Source: Reuters, CBS News

May 19, 2003 Pro-Abortion National Organization of Women Opposes
Pro-Life Bush Judicial Nominee Judge Leon Holmes Source: NOW's

May 5, 2003 Bush Administration Deserves Credit for Abstinence Victory

The White House got personally involved in last week's passage of
pro-abstinence amendments to a global AIDS bill and the result was
good news for pro-life advocates.

Pro-family groups were delighted last week when two
abstinence-friendly amendments were attached to an otherwise
disappointing Global AIDS bill. Now they're finding out what turned
the tide: The White House did some heavy-duty lobbying.
Source: Focus on the Family

May 16, 2003 Senate Will Reconsider Another Pro-Life Judicial Nominee Soon

Republicans plan in coming weeks to take up the nomination of pro-life
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi, who likely
faces a filibuster on the Senate floor by Democrats.

Judge Pickering's nomination to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
was spiked last year on a party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary
Committee, which was controlled by Democrats at the time. President
Bush renominated
him in January.

Pickering once chaired a national Republican initiative that approved
a plank for the party platform decrying the Roe v. Wade decision "as
an intrusion into the family structure," and calling for a
right-to-life amendment to the constitution. His son Chip Pickering is
a pro-life Congressman from Mississippi.
Source: Washington Times

June 12, 2003 Bush Judicial Nominee Pryor Condemns Abortion in Senate

President Bush's latest Appeals Court nominee Bill Pryor told the
Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that abortion is "murder" and
that the court case legalizing it is "the worst abomination in the
history of constitutional law."
Source: Washington Times

June 12, 2003 The Judicial Nominee Who Wouldn't Back Down - Bill Pryor
Source: Byron York columnist for National Review Online

June 12, 2003 Catholic Bishops' Spokesman Testifies at Presidential
Today the President's Council on Bioethics heard testimony on the
values and principles that ought to govern policy on human embryo
research. Richard Doerflinger, Deputy Director of the Secretariat for
Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops, was among the expert witnesses for the meeting.
Source: Pro-life Infonet

June 12, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups Create Coalition to Oppose Pro-Life Nominees

Nine pro-abortion groups, including NARAL Pro-Choice America and the
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, have formed a joint
not-for-profit organization aimed specifically at opposing a
potential Supreme Court nominee who does not support abortion.
Source: Roll Call, Wall St. Journal

July 20, 2003 Foes Halt Vote on School Vouchers; Democrats Reject Senate's
D.C. Bill
Source: Washington Post

July 21, 2003 Pro-Abortion Democrat Senators Stall Partial-Birth Abortion

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 22,2003 Bush Administration Renews Support for Zero UNFPA Funding
Source: LifeNews.Com

July 22, 2003 Bush Administration Signals Zero for UNFPA
Source: Population Research Institute Weekly Briefing

July 23, 2003 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Pryor Nomination,
Filibuster Likely

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 27, 2003 Bush Nominates Pro-Life Black Woman to Nation's Second Highest

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 29, 2003 Senate Rejects Vote on Owen for Third Time
Washington, DC ( -- For the third time, members of the
Senate rejected an attempt to close off debate and take a vote on one
of President Bush's pro-life judicial nominees.Pro-abortion Senators
were able to deny the 60 votes needed to stop debate on the nomination
of Priscilla Owen to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals. The 53-43
vote proved, once again, that a majority would back Owen's
confirmation if debate could be stopped. All Republicans were in favor
of the vote to end debate and were joined by Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA)
and pro-life Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE). Presidential candidates John
Edwards (D-NC), Bob Graham (D-FL), John Kerry (D-MA), and Joe
Lieberman (D-CT) were not present for the vote. Owen is opposed by
abortion advocates because she voted to uphold a Texas parental
notification law that prohibited teenage girls from having
abortions without the involvement of their parents.

July 30, 2003 Senate Votes Against Cloture on Estrada Nomination

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 31, 2003 Bill Pryor Becomes Latest Victim of Senate Filibuster

Source: LifeNews.Com

July 31, 2003 ADF Special News Alert: Thank You Mr. President for Supporting
Source: Alliance Defense Fund

August 6, 2003 Knights of Columbus Condemns Treatment of Catholic
Judicial Nominees


August 6, 2003 Minnesota Plan to Cover Unborn Children Receives Bush
Administration Approval

LifeNews. Com

August 10, 2003 Group Will Spend $75M to Defeat Bush, Elect Pro-Aborts in

Source: LifeNews.Com

Washington, DC ( -- A new political group, funded by
billionaire George Soros and run by a former employee of a leading
pro-abortion organization, plans to spend $75 million in grassroots
to target pro-life President George W. Bush for defeat in 2004.

August 10, 2003 Civil Rights Leader Quits NAACP Over Bush Judicial Nominees

Source: LifeNews.Com

August 13, 2003 Presidential Commission Discusses Regulation of In
Vitro Fertilization

Austin Ruse, President of the Culture of Life Foundation

August 14, 2003 Catholic Theologian Michael Novak Praises President Bush

Source: National
Review Online

August 27, 2003 Bush Administration Defunds AIDS Program Over Abortion
Group's Participation


August 27, 2003 State Department Defunds British Abortion Provider
Source: New York Times

August 29, 2003 State Department Defunds Large Abortion Provider
Source: Friday Fax

August 29, 2003 Bush Orders United States Agency for International
Development to Stop Funding Organizations That Promote Abortion
Source: Copy of Memo From the White House

September 1, 2003 Bush Administration Expands Pro-Life Mexico City Policy

Source: LifeNews.Com

September 5, 2003 Bush Orders State Department To Stop Funding Foreign
Abortion Groups
Source: Friday Fax

September 5, 2003 Miguel Estrada Withdraws Name From Consideration

Source: LifeNews.Com (This shows
the importance of electing pro-life Senators who will vote to end the
Democrats filibuster of President Bush's pro-life judicial nominees.)

September 6, 2003 Pro-Abortion Democratic Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
introduces measure to overturn the Mexico City Policy Reinstituted By
President Bush (The Mexico City Policy prevents our federal tax
dollars from
being used to promote abortion overseas.) Source: LifeNews.Com

September 18, 2003 Bush Administration Pursues Total Human Cloning Ban at U.N.
Source: LifeNews.Com

September 28, 2003 Department of Health and Housing Services Gives
$100 million in Bonuses to States for Reducing Abortions HHS Secretary
Tommy G. Thompson today announced the award of $100 million
in bonuses to four states (Maryland, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas), the
District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands for achieving the
nation's largest decreases in out-of-wedlock births between 1998 and
2001. Source:

October 1, 2003 Bush Administration Denies UNFPA Funding Again

Source: LifeNews.Com

October 2, 2003 Pickering Nomination Approved by Committee, Moves to Full

Source: LifeNews.Com

October 3, 2003 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry (D-MA) Says
Bush Judicial Appointments Would Hurt Abortion Rights
Source: LifeNews.Com

October 3, 2003 President Bush Proclaims Oct. 12-18 Marriage Protection Week
President Bush said:
"Marriage is a sacred institution, and its protection is essential to
the continued strength of our society.Marriage is a union between a
man and a woman, and my Administration is working to support the
institution of marriage by helping couples build successful marriages
and be good parents.Research has shown that, on average, children
raised in households headed by married parents fare much better than
children who grow up in other family structures.We must support the
institution of marriage and help parents build stronger families."
Source: White House

October 6, 2003 FDA Investigating Holly Patterson's RU 486 Abortion Death

Source: LifeNews.Com

October 26, 2003 President Bush's Bioethics Commission Warns of
Human-Animal Babies

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 7, 2003 President Bush Proclaims November National Adoption Month
Source: White House

July 23, 2002 President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush
announced a new initiative to increase public awareness and encourage
Americans to consider adoption of children in foster care.

Helping Children and Building Families Through Adoption

President Bush announced a new public service advertising campaign,
featuring First Lady Laura Bush and actor Bruce Willis, to encourage
Americans to adopt children in foster care. The President also tapped
Willis to serve as a national spokesperson for children in foster care.

The President also announced the creation of the first federal and
only national web site that focuses on waiting children - - that will reduce the geographic barriers and
waiting time needed to connect
children from across the country with adoptive families. In its first
year, it will feature pictures and profiles of over 6,500 children
from 46 states who are available for adoption, as well as a database
of approved adoptive
families. Background on Today's Presidential Action

More than 130,000 of the 565,000 American children in foster care,
ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers, are waiting to be adopted.
On average, these children have been in foster care for almost four
years. Most of these children have special needs that limit their
ability to be adopted, such as being part of a sibling group that
wishes to stay together, belonging to a particular ethnic group, or
having physical or emotional challenges. These
children are adoptable; in fact, in 2000, over 50,000 children in
foster care were adopted. But recruiting a family that can meet the
special needs of a particular child can be challenging, especially
when the right family may live in a different state or county.

President Bush believes that every child in America deserves to live
in a safe, permanent and loving family. Today, the President

Adoption Public Service Advertisement (PSA): The adoption PSA will
feature the First Lady and actor Bruce Willis. It will also highlight
a new website and toll-free number for interested families to receive
adoption information and be referred to their State adoption
specialist. Additionally, President Bush has asked Bruce Willis to
serve as a national spokesperson for children
in foster care.

First Federal Adoption Web Site and Internet Photolisting:,

an Internet adoption photolisting service, will
help connect waiting children from across the country with loving
adoptive families. The site provides prospective adoptive parents with
a private, secure place to communicate interactively with other
families and adoption experts - especially useful for families living
in rural areas. Social workers will be able to follow inquiries from
families approved to adopt and respond to them instantly through the
site. AdoptUSKids is an initiative of the Children's Bureau of the
Department of Health and Human Services, and it is currently operated
by the National Adoption Center. President Bush's Commitment to
Promoting Adoption

Promoting adoption and supporting families who adopt: On January 17,
2002, the President signed the Promoting Safe and Stable Families
Amendment Act to help States provide services to promote adoption for
children in foster care and provide post-adoption support to families
so that they can stay strong and their children reach their potential.
The President's FY 03 budget strongly supports the Promoting Safe and
Stable Families program with an increase of more than $130 million
over FY 02 levels.

Adoption Tax Credit: The tax relief bill that the President signed
last year permanently extends and increases the adoption tax credit
from $5,000 per child to $10,000 per child for qualified adoption
expenses. For special needs adoptions, it increases the credit from
$6,000, for qualified adoption expenses, to $10,000, regardless of

October 25, 2003 President Bush Proclaims Protection From Pornography Week
Source: White House

October 28, 2003 President Bush Says Restoring Terri's Feeding Tube Was
Right Decision

Source: LifeNews.Com

October 31, 2003 Pro-Abortion [Democratic] Lawmakers Filibuster Pickering

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 3, 2003 Bush Administration Still Pushing for UN Cloning Ban,

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 5, 2003 President Bush Signs Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of
2003 Source: LifeSite News also see

Priests for Life on Partial-birth Abortion: 'We Have Turned A Corner'

November 5, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups Start Ad Campaigns Blasting
President Bush


November 6, 2003 Democrats Filibuster Pryor Nomination, Judiciary
Approves Brown


November 7, 2003 President Bush Shows Strong Pro-Life Beliefs in
Private Meetings


November 7, 2003 Pro-Abortion Democratic Senators Again Filibuster
Judicial Nominees. Sen. Majority Leader Frist Announces All Night
Session Next Week to Force Pro-Abortion Democratic Senators to
their filibuster. Source: Marie Tasy, Legislative Director of New
Jersey Right to Life

November 7, 2003 President Bush targeted for defeat by one of the
richest men in world George Soros Targets President Bush Source:
Marie Tasy, Legislative Director of New Jersey Right to Life

See also: [Pro-Abortion] Billionaire Soros Overthrows Georgian Gov't -
Sets Sights on Bush & Croatia Source:
See also the Zenit report and the Globe coverage:

Billionaire De-Populationist George Soros Donates $10 Million to Defeat Bush

November 7, 2003 President Bush Proclaims National Adoption Month Source:
White House

November 11, 2003 Bush Administration Seeks to Speed Up Partial-Birth
Abortion Lawsuits Source: LifeNews.Com

November 12, 2003 Senate Will Hold Marathon Debate on Pro-Life Judicial
Nominees Source: LifeNews.Com

November 13, 2003 Senate Debates Pro-Life Judicial Nominees, Bush Demands

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 14, 2003 Millionaire Plans to Spend $12 Million to Defeat Bush in
2004 Source: LifeNews.Com

November 17, 2003 [Colin] Powell reveals he teaches sexual abstinence to

November 18, 2003 Pro-Abortion Groups at UN Criticize Bush Resolution
Promoting Women

Source: LifeNews.Com

November 19, 2003 First Lady Laura Bush Backs Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

November 25, 2003 The new Health Savings Accounts (HSA) provision
included in the Medicare bill just passed the Senate 54-44 and soon
will be signed by the President. The new law will go into effect
January 1, 2004. All 250 million non-elderly Americans will now have
access to a Medical Savings Account, and one that is far more
attractive than the Archer MSAs that were enacted in 1996. Source:

November 25, 2003 Discovery of Internal Memos Details Opposition to
Pro-Life Judges
The memo asks senators to oppose former Bush judicial nominee Miguel
Estrada because "he has a minimal paper trail [meaning that nothing
has been unearthed that can be used to question his character], he is
Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme
Court appointment."

November 25, 2003 U.S. economic growth revised up GDP grew at a
blistering 8.2 percent pace in the third quartrer, faster than
originally thought. Source: CNN Money

December 5, 2003 THE GROWING IRAQI SUCCESS STORY by Rod D. Martin,
Vanguard of the Revolution
One example from the story: "So, too with health care. The Coalition
has delivered more than 22 million vaccination for Iraq's children,
while pharmaceutical distribution has risen from 700 tons in May to
12,000 by
October. All of Iraq's 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are
open, and doctors' salaries are more than eight times higher than
under Saddam's Ba'athist regime."

December 5, 2003 Bush Administration Pushes UN to Reconsider Human Cloning
Ban Delay

December 08, 2003 Bush Signs Sweeping Medicare Bill

WASHINGTON - Recognizing the efforts by seniors groups in helping him
deliver a three-year-old campaign promise, President Bush signed a
comprehensive bill Monday that marks the first major overhaul of the
40-year-old federal Medicare program. "With the Medicare Act of 2003
(search), our government is finally bringing prescription drug
coverage to the seniors of America," Bush said before signing the
10-year, $395 billion legislation. "With this law, we're giving older
Americans better choices and more control over their health care so
they can receive the modern medical care they deserve."

December 20, 2003 Libya agrees to halt arms programs US, Britain
secure pledge for inspections Libya agrees to halt arms programs
Source: Boston Globe

January 2, 2004 NGO Calls on Pro-abortion Europe to Counter "Christian"
White House Source: Friday Fax

January 7, 2004 Pro-Abortion Group Criticizes Bush's Pro-Life
"Christian" Foreign Policy

January 9, 2004 President Unveils School Choice Incentive Fund At a
meeting this afternoon with leaders of Catholic education, President
Bush said he will call on Congress to establish a $50 million national
choice incentive fund "to help more parents to send their children to
the school that is best for them, no matter what kind of school it

The White House transcript of the president's remarks is available at
Source: Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

January 9, 2004 President Bush Celebrates Catholic Education Source:
Martin Gillespie Director of Catholic Outreach Republican National

January 13, 2004 Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of Marriage
Source: New York Times

January 16, 2004 President Bush Declares Sunday, January 18, 2004 Sanctity
of Human Life Day Source: New Jersey Right to Life

January 16, 2004 President Bush nominates [pro-life] Charles Pickering to
Federal Bench President Sidesteps Obstructionst U.S. Senators including N.J.
Senators Corzine and Lautenberg Source Associated Press:
Bush installs controversial judge on court (from New Jersey Right to Life


January 16, 2004 President Bush Uses Recess Appointment to Confirm
See also: FRC [Family Research Council] Praises Recess Appointment of
Charles Pickering to Federal Bench

January 20, 2004 President Bush Supports the Federal Marriage Amendment in
his State of the Union address
Source: New Jersey Coalition to Defend Marriage

January 21, 2004 Housing Starts Increase Residential construction
activity picked up in December, helping to make all of 2003 the best
year for home builders in a quarter-century and underscoring the
critical role
the sector played in the economy's resurgence.

The Commerce Department reported today that housing construction
increased by 1.7 percent last month from November _ ending 2003 on a
high note. For all of last year, the number of housing units that
builders broke ground on totaled 1.85 million, up from 1.70 million in

The total for 2003 marked the strongest performance since 1978, when
housing construction came to 2.02 million. Source: Associated Press

January 21, 2004 George Bush Stands Up for Marriage
Source: Alliance Defense Fund

January 21, 2004 President Bush Wants Abstinence Program Funding Tripled
by 2005 Source:

January 22, 2004 President Bush Calls March for Life Participants
"Above all, we must continue with civility and respect to remind our
fellow citizens that all life is sacred and worthy of protection. I
know as you return to your communities you will redouble your efforts
to change hearts and minds, one person at a time. And this is the way
we will build a lasting culture of life, a compassionate society in
which every child is born into a loving family and protected by law."
Source: White House

January 29, 2004 UNFPA Permanently Loses $59 Million ..... For the
past two years, the Bush administration has, in fact, determined that
UNFPA supports forced abortions in China, and is therefore ineligible
for US funding. A high ranking congressional staff member told the
Friday Fax that the current bill follows this same procedure, and
"since Kemp-Kasten has not changed, and since UNFPA's actions in China
not changed, we fully expect the administration to take the same
action it has taken for the past two years regarding UNFPA."
Source: Friday Fax

January 29, 2004 Pro-Life Groups Say President Bush's Record Strong,
Deserves Re-Election

February 2, 2004 NRL PAC announces endorsement of President Bush
Source: Press Release issued by the National Right to Life Political
Action Committee For further information, call Laura Echevarria,
send e-mail to, or visit the NRLC website at

February 3, 2004 Congress Reallocates UNFPA Money, Abortion Funding
Battle Continues Citing the UN Population Fund's (UNFPA) failure to
convincingly show that it is not participating or condoning coercive
family planning and abortion programs in China, Congress has
permanently reallocated the $56 million earmarked for the UNFPA over
the past two years to other programs.

The money will now go to programs to improve maternal health and
combat sex trafficking.

We commend the Bush Administration for its continued strong
enforcement of the Kemp-Kasten Anti-Coercion law -- a law that was
completely disregarded during the Clinton Administration, Douglas
Johnson, Legislative Director for National Right to Life Committee,
told Any agency that collaborates in China's brutal
compulsory abortion program should not receive U.S. taxpayer funds.

February 4, 2004 Statement by President Bush Regarding the
Deplorable Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling Today's ruling
of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is deeply troubling.
Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. If
activist judges insist on re-defining marriage by court order, the
alternative will be the constitutional process. We must do what is
legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage. Source: White

February 9, 2004 Abortion Advocates Ready to Defeat Bush, Support John Kerry

Source for all of the above