Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Henry Poole Is Here

I rented this movie this past weekend. For some reason, it never appeared in the Boston-area theatres so I had to wait till it came out on DVD. I greatly enjoyed it but felt it moved a little too slowly for my tastes. It wasn't till at least half-way through the movie that we were told the reason why he wasn't "going to be around very long". The characters were all delightful, especially little Millie.

If you're not familiar with the plot, here's the synopsis from IMDB...

HENRY POOLE is HERE is a comedic drama about a disillusioned man who goes hiding in placid suburbia only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope. Returning to the middleclass neighborhood where he grew up, Henry chooses to live in indulgent isolation. Real life, however, refuses to cooperate with his plans. Nosy neighbors interrupt him with curious visits and prying questions. Then the situation escalates as a stain on Henry's stucco wall is seen to have miraculous powers. His last-ditch hideout becomes a shrine; his backyard turns into an arena for passionate debate about faith and destiny. Seeking anonymous oblivion, cynical Henry Poole instead finds himself right at the center of the human comedy. A modern-day fable, director Mark Pellington's new film investigates the unexpected wonders of the everyday. A faithless man finds hope. A hopeless man finds love. Whether backyard miracles are real or triggered by hope and belief, their personal effects are permanent.

I might be tempted to buy this movie.

Material Cooperation

Since Cardinal O'Malley is evaluating whether Catholic hospitals in Massachusetts can do abortion, a.k.a. "family planning" referrals in order to win a health insurance contract with the state, let's look at some definitions/discussions on Material Cooperation.

Principles of Formal and Material Cooperation

Mediate Material Cooperation. Mediate material cooperation occurs when the cooperator participates in circumstances that are not essential to the commission of an action, such that the action could occur even without this cooperation. Mediate material cooperation in an immoral act might be justifiable under three basic conditions:

1. If there is a proportionately serious reason for the cooperation (i.e., for the sake of protecting an important good or for avoiding a worse harm); the graver the evil the more serious a reason required for the cooperation;

2. The importance of the reason for cooperation must be proportionate to the causal proximity of the cooperator’s action to the action of the principal agent (the distinction between proximate and remote);

3. The danger of scandal (i.e., leading others into doing evil, leading others into error, or spreading confusion) must be avoided.

Remote Material Cooperation With Intrinsic Evil

I wish that Cardinal O'Malley learned from Cardinal O'Connor about this type of situation.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The March for Life is like "a poor man's World Youth Day"?

Excuse me?!

This statement is from the latest entry in Cardinal Sean's blog...

I told the principals that I realize there will always be a limited number of people able to go to World Youth Day due to the travel and the expense but, in a sense, the March for Life is something of “a poor man’s World Youth Day.”

Although we do not have the joy of having the Holy Father present in Washington, the young people who go get to experience the witness of hundreds of thousands of people dedicated to their Catholic faith, and particularly the thousands upon thousands of young people that have become a growing presence each year. Many of them have been inspired to live their faith more fully after experiencing the March for Life so I urged the principals to try to be as creative as possible in finding ways to enable the largest number of their students to attend each year.

Cardinal Sean was speaking to a meeting of the Catholic High School principals in the Archdiocese of Boston. His words encouraged me to speak to the principal of a high school that I'm thinking of sending my daughter to *but* it bothered me that he missed the opportunity to state the message of why it was important for Life for young people to attend the March. My daughter attended it for the first time this year and she found it incredibly inspiring!

But it's like "a poor man's World Youth Day"?

Wow! Thanks Cardinal Sean...

Is the March for Life just a photo-op for him?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Call to Arms!

There seems to be some confusion from Cardinal O'Malley as to whether the Pope, Cardinal's, Bishops, Priests and lay people can respond to a woman who wants to discuss abortion by giving her abortion as an option, providing her with instructions on how to obtain that abortion and a phone number to a 24 hour hotline, calling her a taxi to get her to the abortions and permitting Planned Parenthood to monitor these new Catholic standards of the Gospel of Life with a personal Planned representative to monitor conversations between the healthcare workers and the woman asking for an abortion at a Catholic facility to ensure compliance.

When Catholics found out the details of how the Cardinal's plan would work at the level of Catholic healthcare providers and patients seeking abortions and distributed the information, the Cardinal sent out the following:

To be perfectly clear, Caritas Christi will never do anything to promote abortions, to direct any patients to providers of abortion or in any way to participate in actions that are contrary to Catholic moral teaching and anyone who suggests otherwise is doing a great disservice to the Catholic Church. We are committed to the Gospel of Life and no arrangement will be entered into unless it is completely in accord with Church teaching.

However, Planned Parenthood made Caritas put their promises in writing and then released the content of those promises to the Boston Globe:

From the Globe:

The Connector Authority board, which oversees the Commonwealth Care program, voted unanimously in favor of the joint venture proposed by Centene Corp., a St. Louis-based health organization, and Caritas Christi Health Care Network.
The vote followed several closed-door sessions in which officials from Centene and Caritas, the minority partner in the joint venture, assured regulators that women will have "ready access" to family planning and reproductive services, an issue that sparked concerns from abortion foes and reproductive rights activists.
Among the written assurances are a pledge that medical staff operating under the Centene-Caritas insurance plan, known as Commonwealth Family Health Plan, will inform women of their healthcare options, including abortion. The insurers will also provide a toll-free customer service line, available around the clock, to inform women abou t where they can get contraception, sterilization, and other family planning services not offered in the immediate setting. In an emergency, a service representative will arrange transportation to the nearest appropriate facility, officials said.
The regulators promised to watch closely. "We will certainly monitor their performance ," said Jon Kingsdale, the authority's executive director. "We will not allow them to start up or continue if they are not in compliance."
As a measure of the underlying tensions, four board members emphasized the need for oversight.

"I remain somewhat concerned about implementation," said Nonnie Burnes, state commissioner of insurance and a former Planned Parenthood board member. "I am willing to support this as long as we have some way to monitor this" in doctor's offices and other healthcare facilities.

The Cardinal had to stop saying that there would be no abortion referrals and instead a new statement essentially saying he was ignorant of whether forcing Catholics to inform women about abortion, providing them with instructions and 24 hour hotline abortion referral service, sending her by taxi to get the abortion and permitting doctors and nurses to be monitored by Planned Parenthood passed the muster of the Gospel of Life and is waiting on the opinion of our faithful National Catholic Bioethics Center to see if this is honest to God Catholic credo.

There's a simple formula to get to that answer. If the Pope can't do it and Cardinal's and priests can't do it - neither can Catholic physicians or any other heatlhcare worker. Further physicians take a civil oath not to do any harm - and sending people by taxicab to be killed violates that oath.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center must give their opinion confidentially and it is the Cardinal's responsibility to release that opinion. A week has gone by and in that week, the Cardinal permitted Caritas to enter into the contract.

THIS IS FOCA. FOCA is here. FOCA is being put in by Cardinal O'Malley.

Please do not sweep this under the rug where the rapes of our children used to reside. This is murder and when a Cardinal is trying to implement it, we have the duty to step up into the public square and say this is outrageous and wrong - - just as we do with Pelosi, Sebelius and Obama.

We are not a cult. Release the details to the public so that they may act upon it and stop this abomination.

Boston needs your help TODAY. Please help us by getting into the public square what is going on and encouraging people to contact the Nuncio and Vatican officials.

Copied below is the email addresses, phone numbers, etc for contacting the Papal Nuncio and Vatican offices...

His Excellency Pietro Sambi
Apostolic Nuncio
3339 Massachusets Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008-3687
202-337-4036 FAX

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI PP
Apostolic Palace
Via Del Pellegrino
Citta Del Vaticano 00120
Vatican City State
011.3906. FAX

His Eminence Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
Cardinal Secretary of State
Secretariat of State
Apostolic Palace
Vatican City 00120
The Vatican
11 39 06 6988 3438
011 39 06 6988 5088 FAX

His Eminence William Cardinal Levada, S.T.D.
Cardinal Prefect
Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith
Secretary - Fr. Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, SJ
Piazza del S. Uffizio 11
00193 Rome
011 39 06 6988 3357
011-39-0696100596 FAX
011.3906. FAX

His Eminence Claudio Cardinal Hummes
Cardinal Prefect
Congregation For the Clergy
Piazza Della Città
Leonina I
00193 Rome
011 39 06 6988 4151
011 39 06 6988 4845 FAX
Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Csaba Ternyak

Rev. Msgr. Arthur Calkins
Assistant to President Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos
Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"
Piazza Pio XII 3
00193 Rome
011.3906. FAX

His Eminence Cardinal Antonelli
Pontifical Council For the Family
Piazza S. Calisto 16
00153 Roma, Piazza S. Calisto, 16
011.3906. FAX

His Eminence Franc Cardinal Rode
The Congregation For Institutes of Consecrated Life and For Societies of Apostolic Life
Piazza Pio XII 3
00193 Rome
011.3906. FAX
Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Piergiorgio Silvano Nesti, C.P.

His Eminence Cardinal Francis Arinze
Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Roman Curia
Mailing Address:
Palazzo delle Congregazioni, 00193 Roma, Piazza Pio XII, 10

Most Reverend Albert Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith Patabendige Don
Congregation for Divine Worship & Discipline of the Sacraments
Piazza Pio XII 10,
00193 Rome
011 39 06 6988 4316
011 39 06 6988 3499 FAX

His Eminence Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re
Cardinal Prefect
Congregation For Bishops
Piazza Pio XII #10
00193 Rome
011 39 06 6988 4217
011 39 06 6988 4300 FAX
011-39-0669-885303 FAX
Secretary: Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio