Thanks to Mam Marilou for the heads up!
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is calling on all Catholics to join in a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life, to be celebrated in local parishes and dioceses Nov. 27. [No word yet from the CBCP if the Catholic Parishes in the Philippines would join! So far the Archdiocese of Lipa is the only one to organize a vigil.]
The Pope will celebrate the vigil in St. Peter's Basilica on the eve of the First Sunday of Advent, and is requesting "all diocesan bishops (and their equivalent) of every particular church preside in analogous celebrations involving the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements," a communiqué from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reported.
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments and the Pontifical Council for the Family collaborated in creating an outline for the vigil, and the U.S. bishops' conference is developing resources for the parishes.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas, chairman of the episcopal conference's pro-life committee, highlighted the "unprecedented" nature of this request from the Pontiff. [True indeed! The Pope is feeling the wrath of the devil against life! And the "rights" advocates are against this! They call it "pro-birth". Well, you may call them "pro-sex without responsibility"!]
In a statement written for Respect Life Month, which begins Friday, the prelate said, "I heartily encourage all Catholics, whether at home or traveling over the Thanksgiving holidays, to take part in this special prayer." (In the United States this year, the First Sunday of Advent is the Sunday after Thanksgiving.)
He noted that the purpose "according to the Holy See is to 'thank the Lord for his total self-giving to the world and for his Incarnation which gave every human life its real worth and dignity,' and to 'invoke the Lord's protection over every human being called into existence.'"[All stages of life! From natural birth to natural death...and everything in between! Sometimes, I can't help but remember how those who bark mad against the pro-life movement are the ones who are guilty of mistreating other people: verbally abusive, unfair wages...you know, typical capitalist mentality. "Don't care what happens to my workers or their families. As long as I earn money!... Ooops, TMI.]
The statement also provided a reflection on the theme of this Respect Life Month, which is: "The Measure of Love Is to Love Without Measure."
"With over 1 million innocent children dying from abortion each year, the plague of abortion remains embedded in our culture," Cardinal DiNardo stated. [Anybody care to talk about this from the Rabid Harlots?]
He observed that "in many areas of public policy, the rift continues to widen between the moral principles expressed by a majority of Americans and the actions of government."
The prelate explained: "For example, Americans oppose public funding of abortion by wide margins, with 67% opposing federal funding of abortion in health care in one recent poll." [I am not much into the numbers game...but...]
"In early 2009, Catholics and others sent over 33 million postcards, and countless e-mails and letters to members of Congress, urging them to 'retain laws against federal funding and promotion of abortion.'
"Yet in March of this year, Congress passed a health care reform law that allows for federal funding of abortion in some programs and could pressure millions of Americans to help subsidize other people's abortions through their health care premiums."
"Defenseless human life is also placed at risk today in the name of science, when researchers seek to destroy human life at its embryonic stage for stem cell research -- and demand the use of all Americans' tax dollars to support this agenda," the cardinal stated. [When adult stem cell research yielded more promising results than embryonic stem cell research! Why are they so hungry to murder those embryos, or let's put it bluntly "HUMAN LIFE IN ITS EARLIEST STAGES"!]
He noted that "in a recent poll commissioned by the Catholic bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, 57% of respondents favored funding only stem cell research avenues that do not harm the donor, using stem cells from cord blood, placentas, and other 'adult' tissues."
"Only 21% favor funding all stem cell research, including research that requires killing embryonic human beings," the prelate added.
"Yet the current administration issued guidelines last year to fund human embryonic stem cell research, and some in Congress are preparing legislation to ensure continued funding despite a federal court's finding that these guidelines may violate the law," he warned.
Cardinal DiNardo affirmed, "Becoming a voice for the child in the womb, and for the embryonic human being at risk of becoming a mere object of research, and for the neglected sick and elderly is one of many ways we can teach our fellow citizens that 'The Measure of Love is to Love Without Measure.'"
Ironic and funny how the POTUS descended from black slave immigrants...victims of oppression and discrimination, defenseless and voiceless, is not fighting to KILL and MURDER the defenseless and voiceless.
And it is only a matter of time before it comes to our shores.
Educate your families about contraception and abortion. Learn the truth!
Nobody benefits from these measures except the pharmaceutical companies...the politicians who inked a deal with the devil...and perverts who want to have sex without responsibilities!
Anybody care to call this choice and human rights? That is some LIBERTY you have there!