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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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• Boehner Maps Planned Parenthood De-Funding Strategy
• Pro-Life Group Launches Ad, Tour to De-Fund Planned Parenthood
• Newt Gingrich Expected to Launch Potential Presidential Bid
• Planned Parenthood Spending 200K on Ads for Taxpayer-Funding

More Pro-Life News
• Pro-Life Flash Mob in Chicago Surprises “Walk for Choice”
• Liberal Hollywood Elite Trash Natalie Portman Over Motherhood
• HuffPo, Mother Jones Claim Pro-Life Group OKs Killing Abortionists

• Huckabee Glad Justin Bieber Pro-Life, Hits Abortion Truce
• Family Appealing Hospital’s Decision on Baby Joseph’s Life
• Cain Wins Tea Party Straw Poll, Pawlenty 2nd; Paul Wins Online
• Pope Benedict Delivers Abortion Message to Pro-Life Leaders
• British Doctors Slammed for Unscientific Abortion Guidelines
• Arizona House Says No to Telemed Abortions Without Doctor

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Boehner Maps Planned Parenthood De-Funding Strategy
In a new interview, Speaker John Boehner talked about the upcoming strategy behind the next steps in the battle to de-fund Planned Parenthood and he urged pro-life advocates to be patient. The House of Representatives approved an amendment Congressman Mike Pence offered to the continuing resolution bill to keep the federal government running. The amendment ensures the Planned Parenthood abortion business and its affiliates are not eligible for any federal taxpayer dollars across any federal programs or departments.

Although the House voted by a strong margin to de-fund Planned Parenthood, the next steps are more tenuous. The battle to yank federal funding is complicated by the fact that Senate Leader Harry Reid and his pro-abortion Democratic colleagues control the Senate agenda and pro-abortion President Barack Obama occupies the White House. It is also complicated by the fact that Congress must approve two continuing resolution bills — one that funds the federal government in the short-term before a deadline results in a government shutdown and another that funds the federal government for another year.

David Brody, the Chief Political Correspondent for CBN News, talked with Boehner about the prospects, and asked: “Can you commit to them that (defunding Planned Parenthood) will stay in the CR no matter what?”

“The continuing resolution passed 10 days ago did in fact defund Planned Parenthood and that bill has gone over to the United States Senate,” Boehner responded. “They, like the House, were out last week. What they’ll do with that bill, I have no idea.”

Boehner said that pressing for de-funding Planned Parenthood in the short-term continuing resolution doesn’t make sense.

“In the short term CR though, our focus is on cutting spending and making sure that we keep the government open. In order to get this through the House and through the Senate and signed by the president by March 4th, we’re not going to take any big chances on the fact that they’re looking for an excuse to shut down the government,” he said. “Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer they’ve been rooting for a government shutdown. We do not want to give them an excuse to do that.” Full story at

Pro-Life Group Launches Ad, Tour to De-Fund Planned Parenthood
The Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life women’s political group, today announced a television commercial and grassroots tour across the country to build up support for the movement to yank taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. The SBA List effort is meant to build on the House vote for the Pence amendment as the battle over de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business moves to the Senate as it considers a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.

The organization told today about its 14-stop grassroots tour and $200,000 ad campaign buy, calling it the “Women Speaking Out” campaign, that will include a series of television and radio ad buys thanking members of Congress who stood up for women, young girls and taxpayers with their vote for Rep. Mike Pence’s to deny all taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood through September.

The campaign will continue the following week with a grassroots tour through the districts of those pro-life members and will target representatives who voted against the amendment. Full story at

Newt Gingrich Expected to Launch Potential Presidential Bid
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is expected to launch an exploratory committee in the next two weeks that would help him gauge whether or not he want to mount a full-fledged bid for the GOP nomination for president.

Republican officials told the Associated Press on Sunday that Gingrich, the former House Speaker, would make a decision about the exploratory committee after spending months traveling to key primary election states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

If Gingrich does launch the committee, which allows him to raise and spend funds without becoming an official presidential candidate, he would be the first of the top-tier group of potential Republican presidential candidates to make the move. Herman Cain, a pro-life businessman, has already established a committee — but Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have not.

Also, a large group of lesser-known potential candidates ranging from Tim Pawlenty and Haley Barbour to John Huntsman, Mitch Daniels and Rick Santorum, have yet to open up an exploratory committee. Full story at

Planned Parenthood Spending 200K on Ads for Taxpayer-Funding
The Planned Parenthood abortion business is rolling out a new television commercial designed to persuade members of the Senate to support the continuation of its taxpayer funding.
The $200,000 ad buy includes commercial spots that will run on cable television, plus network TV and radio in the District of Columbia. The ads are a response to the House vote for the Pence amendment to ensure the Planned Parenthood abortion business and its affiliates are not eligible for any federal taxpayer dollars across any federal programs or departments.

The Senate is also considering a continuing resolution and could vote on an amendment that would also cut off funding, though pro-life advocates are expected to have a much harder time in the Senate than they did in the House in getting the amendment approved, thanks to pro-abortion Senate Democrats having a majority control over the chamber.

The new Planned Parenthood commercial features Carolyn Smithers, a woman who says she was diagnosed early at a Planned Parenthood facility with cervical cancer. The goal is to emphasize the non-abortion services Planned Parenthood offers — even though the abortion business has been exposed by its falsely touting mammograms as a potential service for women, despite not actually offering mammograms at any of its centers. Full story at

Pro-Life Flash Mob in Chicago Surprises “Walk for Choice”
A pro-abortion “Walk for Choice” rally was held in downtown Chicago’s Daley Plaza on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Participants of the “Walk for Choice” were protesting HR Bill 3 which limits taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. As a response to the “Walk for Choice,” anonymous teens and young adults organized a “Pro-Life Flash Mob” over the span of a few days. The goal of the event was not to counter-protest, but to give a positive message of joy and life to Chicago.

The youth assembled inconspicuously around the plaza before the rally hiding their giant yellow balloons in black trash bags. When the “Walk for Choice” had assembled, the youth prompted by music coming from a backpack sound system then proceeded to unveil the helium balloons imprinted with the word “LIFE.” Full story at

Liberal Hollywood Elite Trash Natalie Portman Over Motherhood
To hear the members of the liberal Hollywood elite tell it, actress Natalie        Portman committed the ultimate sin last night at the Oscars when she took the stage to accept the Academy Award as best actress.

Portman was honored for her dramatic role in “Black Swan,” and she began her acceptance speech with the usual gratitude for the people whose relationship to the movie, however large or small, paved her way to the stage to receive one of the most coveted awards of the evening. After thanking fellow nominees, her parents, and the directors past and present who guided her career, Portman saved her concluding praise for “my beautiful love,” dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

Then, as if to underscore how the bright and promising career and the accolades she’s received up to that very moment paled in comparison, a visibly pregnant Portman thanked Millepied for giving her “the most important role of my life.”

The comment about becoming a mother likely drew approving smiles from most of the millions of Americans and worldwide viewers tuning into the televised Oscars ceremony, but it was revolting for Slate writer Mary Elizabeth Williams. Full story at

HuffPo, Mother Jones Claim Pro-Life Group OKs Killing Abortionists
Two liberal publications, the Huffington Post and Mother Jones, have seized on a recent dustup in an attempt to make one mainstream pro-life group appear as if it is copacetic with shooting abortion practitioners. A national controversy recently ensued over legislation in South Dakota that pro-abortion detractors wrongly said would give people a legal defense against shooting abortion practitioners. The bill never did that and the intent of the legislation was actually to help pregnant women fend off violent attackers who prey on them and their unborn children.

Americans United for Life is the sponsor of the model language South Dakota legislators relied on for their controversial bill — but the lawmakers made changes to the bill that went beyond the scope and intent of the model language AUL put together.

Still, that didn’t stop the pro-abortion publications from attacking the pro-life group.

With the scathing headline, “Revealed: The Group Behind the Bills that Could Legalize Killing Abortion Providers,” Mother Jones cited several people who criticized the “AUL-inspired legislation,” saying it “could be used to incite violence against abortion providers” and claiming “the series of AUL-backed bills allowing for justifiable homicide in defense of a fetus have all helped put the culture wars back on the nation’s front pages.” Full story at

Huckabee Glad Justin Bieber Pro-Life, Hits Abortion Truce
Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said over the weekend he’s glad pop icon Justin Bieber expressed pro-life views on abortion in a recent interview. Huckabee painted the revelations that Bieber is pro-life as another way in which the next generation of Americans is defying the pro-abortion expectations liberals have for young people — by saying, as Bieber did, that they oppose abortion and regard it as “the killing of a baby.” Full story at

Family Appealing Hospital’s Decision on Baby Joseph’s Life
The family of a 13-month-old baby boy says they are appealing the decision by a Canadian hospital to not allow him to have a tracheotomy so they can bring him home as they did eight years ago with their baby daughter Zina. Baby Jospeh Maraachli is the subject of controversy as his parents are fighting a hospital that wants to remove his breathing tube. They want the boy to be able to die peacefully at home with his family, but the hospital will not perform the tracheotomy. Instead, they asked Ontario’s Consent and Capacity board for permission to remove the breathing tube and a judge recently agreed with the doctors’ position. Full story at

Cain Wins Tea Party Straw Poll, Pawlenty 2nd; Paul Wins Online
Herman Cain won the straw poll this weekend at a Tea Party summit conference featuring thousands of conservative activists gathering to hear some of the potential presidential candidates. The Tea Party held a live straw poll during today’s final event and Cain, a pro-life conservative radio talk show host and former Godfather’s Pizza chief executive, won the American Policy Summit’s live poll out of 1,600 votes cast. He finished with 22 percent of the vote compared with 16 percent for pro-life former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Full story at

New York City to Vote on Bill Bashing Pregnancy Centers
The New York City council will vote on Wednesday on a bill that would place stringent limits on the advertising pregnancy centers use and require them to post signs designed to dissuade women from seeking their abortion alternatives services. 
Full story at

Pope Benedict Delivers Abortion Message to Pro-Life Leaders
Pope Benedict XVI delivered a message on abortion to pro-life leaders during his meeting with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which has spent the last three days examining post-abortion problems for women and stem cell research. 
Full story at

British Doctors Slammed for Unscientific Abortion Guidelines
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, under legislation passed yesterday, any physician’s office performing five or more first trimester abortions a month will now be classified as a hospital, subject to special regulations established by the state Board of Health within the next 280 days. Upset by the new legislation – which passed by a bipartisan vote – Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said, “You know and I know there isn’t but one issue involved here. It’s abortion. … It isn’t women’s health.” 
Full story at

Arizona House Says No to Telemed Abortions Without Doctor
Concerned that women’s health will be put at risk if the controversial practice of telemed abortions comes to Arizona, the state House today voted to ensure that medical abortions must also have a physician’s oversight. 
Full story at


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Deacon  and Friends:

I’m writing to you today to remind you about an upcoming event that you will not want to miss this Saturday, March 5th if you are in the Detroit, Michigan area:

Holy Trinity Apostolate’s
14th Annual Pre-Lenten Symposium

Holy Stoles: John Paul II, Fr. Solanus Casey, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., Archbishop Sheen, and Bishop Frederic Baraga.

Many people cannot travel to Rome for the Beatification of Venerable John Paul II so this is an opportunity to venerate the Holy Stoles of these Saints-To-Be!

HOLY TRINITY APOSTOLATE’S 14th Annual Pre-Lenten Symposium
MYSTERIUM FIDEI… Pope Paul VI Mystery of Faith

Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 8 AM – 4 PM

Venerable Solanus Casey, OFM Cap. 1870 -1957

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Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church
41233 Ryan Rd.
Sterling Heights, MI 48314

HOLY MASS: The Most Rev. Alexander K. Sample – “Heroic Virtue in the Life and Ministry of the Servant of God, Frederic Baraga”

From Rome: Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Sarno – Vatican Official; Father Andrew Apostoli; Fr. Robert T. McDermott; Brother Richard Merling and Sister Maria Inviolata.
Master of Ceremonies: Vic Faust WXYZ Action News.
Register at
Registration – 7 AM
Holy Mass – 8 AM
Closing/Benediction – 4 PM

No Charge for Seminarians

Confessions throughout the Symposium

Includes Lunch if Pre-Registered

Check Payable to Holy Trinity Apostolate
P.O. Box 7095
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Cost: $40 per person ($45 at the Door)

For information, contact Donna at 586.268.8814.

Dignitaries from around the world will be hand delivering these sacred articles, which all combined have been used in hundreds of cases of blessings for the benefit of healings from people suffering from numerous infirmities. After the March 5th symposium the stoles will be returned to the different parts of the world where they came from, so this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

If you will be near Detroit this Saturday, March 5th, I ask you to please consider attending the symposium since this is a beautiful way to show our appreciation for the Holy Catholic Priesthood we all so dearly love at Opus Bono Sacerdotii.

May Our Lady of Priests be your health and your protection…


Dear Friend in Christ,

Can you imagine being arrested and jailed for merely protesting an immoral law; giving a speech against it.  If the Planned Parenthood backed legislation passes in the Philippines, Catholics there won’t have to imagine that possibility – it will be the reality.

Please watch this episode of The Vortex and pass it along to as many friends and family as you can.

GOD Bless you and your loved ones,

Michael Voris
~senior executive producer,

Choices do have consequences and what you don’t know CAN hurt you!

Empower yourself and friends. Even if your aren’t currently sexually active, you should know what modern research shows regarding sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, abortion effects and the emotional fallout that can come from premature sexual involvement. You thought you had heard it all before? You’ll be surprised at what you learn here!

► Risky Life Style
► STD Roulette
► Safer Sex
► Abortion ??
► The Future is Now
Go to this Site for the answers:

Lutheran Convert: Richard Lane

Lutheran Convert…

Richard Lane

Richard is a full time Catholic lay evangelist and frequent guest on various Catholic television and radio programs. Ric

[Excerpt] “There is no other way back to God, without going through Jesus; and we (Catholics) have Him present with us at the Celebration of the Mass! I no longer just ‘go’ to Church or ‘attend’ Church; I RUN to the CELEBRATION of the Mass each Sunday and every day I possibly can. I RUN to be in COMMUNION with Him; I RUN to be in His Presence in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Alter; I RUN to prostrate myself in front of “My Lord and My God!”

Read Richard’s conversion story here: it’s amazing!
Deacon John


Lost raider of the ark: Pictured is Donald Mackenzie of Stornoway, Scotland, a Noah’s Ark hunter who mysteriously vanished in September 2010 while searching for the biblical vessel on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. His friend, Florida filmmaker Jeremy Wiles, is trying to find him.
JUPITER, Fla. – “What’s more important – finding Noah’s Ark or finding a friend?”

This is the profound and haunting question echoing across the planet through the mind of Jeremy Wiles.

The Jupiter, Fla., filmmaker can be described as a man of obsession – obsessed with Noah’s Ark since his childhood, and today obsessed with locating his friend and fellow ark hunter who mysteriously vanished on Turkey’s Mount Ararat in September, sparking the worst kind of speculation.

“It’s feared there was an accident or he was murdered,” Wiles told WND. “I helped organize an expedition to find him, but he wasn’t discovered.”

Read more here:

Check out this website I found at

Recently, two new books have been issued outlining fascinating information about Medjugorje, which is the most famous apparition in nearly a century (since Fatima in 1917).

One of the books, written by two news reporters, Marijan Sivrić and Ivo Šćepanović (Medjugorje: 30 Years of a Phenomenon), says at least six hundred healings have been credibly reported at Medjugorje. “The Holy See observes with caution but the documentation only increases the observer’s curiosity of the Medjugorian happenings,” they report. “Recorded cases of the healings of people from all over the world are kept in the information center, along with all the given documentation which is then forwarded to medical and theological examiners.” The two journalists cite an especially impressive cure of multiple sclerosis — wherein a woman who had been unable to walk suddenly was able to hike more than seven miles to the shrine from the hotel she was staying at in Ljubuški. They report that the case was studied by twenty-five experts. So far, they say, “there are 143 similar documents of healings that can’t be medically explained.”
Read this article here:

Ad Buy, Grassroots Tour Target Planned Parenthood Funding

‘Women Speaking Out’ Campaign to Rally Supporters, Target Opponents of Defunding Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — Today, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) announced the launch of a 14-stop grassroots tour and $200,000 ad campaign in support of its efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in the Continuing Resolution (CR). Starting tomorrow, the “Women Speaking Out” campaign will launch a series of television and radio ad buys thanking Members of Congress who stood up for women, young girls and taxpayers with their vote for Rep. Mike Pence’s (R-IN) amendment to deny all taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood through September. The campaign will continue the following week with a grassroots tour through the districts of those pro-life Members and will target Representatives who voted against the amendment.

“There is one word that grassroots America articulated over and over when it comes to use of its tax dollars for objectionable purposes, and that word is a resounding ‘no,'” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “As we look at funding for Planned Parenthood, that word is being repeated across the country. Americans reject the idea that they would be forced into an alliance with sex traffickers and those who put the needs of women and young girls last. This campaign is a reminder of what this last election was all about.”

The campaign will kick-off tomorrow with a four-day $75,000 television and online ad buy throughout NY-25 and the Syracuse-area thanking Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle for standing up for women, young girls and taxpayers with her vote to defund Planned Parenthood. The 30-second spot will air 182 times over four days and can be viewed here. The script reads:

    With America drowning in debt, why is Washington spending millions on Planned Parenthood?

This corporation has shown a willingness to aid sex traffickers, covered-up statutory rape of young girls, and is America’s number one abortion provider.

Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle courageously said no to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

Thank you, Congresswoman Buerkle, for standing up for women, young girls, and taxpayers. Later in the week, radio ads will air in the districts of Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Joe Walsh (IL-08), Frank Guinta (NH-02), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and Patrick Meehan (PA-07), thanking them for standing up for women.

The following week, Votes Have Consequences Project Director Marilyn Musgrave and former Planned Parenthood Clinic Manager Abby Johnson will hold press conferences with local pro-life leaders in districts thanking the Members above who voted to defund Planned Parenthood and targeting those who voted against the amendment.

Those targeted who voted against the amendment include Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Bruce Braley (D) (IA-01), Bill Keating (MA-10), David Cicilline (RI-01), Jason Altmire (PA-04), Maurice Hinchey (NY-22), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Bill Owens (NY-23).

The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm election cycle. Overall, the SBA List was involved in 90 races including 62 wins and 28 losses. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill; increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent; filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four.

For further information, please contact Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, once the foremost abortionist in the United States and then perhaps abortion’s most effective opponent, died on Tuesday at age 84. The Washington Post obituary mentioned that his 28-minute film, The Silent Scream, released in 1985, “became a sensation, widely distributed by antiabortion groups and screened at the White House by President Ronald Reagan, who urged members of Congress to see the movie and ‘move quickly to end the tragedy of abortion.'”

Read this article here:

Spring buds
Spring Buds


February 28, 2011

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! Nature is awakening and on the trees the first buds are seen which will bring most beautiful flowers and fruit. I desire that you also, little children, work on your conversion and that you be those who witness with their life, so that your example may be a sign and an incentive for conversion to others. I am with you and before my Son Jesus I intercede for your conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call.”  (February 25, 2011)

On Friday, before this message was given, Denis wondered out loud what Our

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 Lady would say, given the drastic events in the Middle East and Northern Africa.  He expected something dramatic.  So, he was a little bit surprised that Our Lady spoke about flowers and fruit and conversion.  (That’s a guy for you!)

But as we prayed about this message it became clear that Our Lady was speaking directly to this time we are in.  But, from her heavenly vantage point, she sees things differently than we do.  What does she see?  Springtime.  She sees this time as a springtime in the world.  

She draws our attention to the budding plants, presenting their first pale green shoots.   These shoots are a promise of the springtime to come.  They assure us that new life is coming; that flowers will bloom and fruit will follow.  And then she makes an analogy.  Those pale green shoots are compared to our personal conversions.  Just as the buds on the plants presage a coming of new life, so do our personal conversions presage the coming of a springtime in the Church and in the world.  We are the first fruits of a coming renewal of faith and life in this world so darkened by sin.

Indeed, Our Lady’s children all over the world are bursting forth with new life, new faith, new hope, and new love.  We are putting God in the first place, loving our neighbor as our selves, and praying for the salvation of souls.  We are responding to the graces God is sending through Our Lady, and those graces are like the new sap that is beginning to flow through the trees, they are the graces that will convert souls.  We are the first buds.  It is up to us to make a strong showing, to be witnesses to the graces God wants to send on all mankind. 

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“I desire that you also, little children, work on your conversion and that you be those who witness with their life, so that your example may be a sign and an incentive for conversion to others.”  The springtime will spread through us to others, until the whole world is converted and filled with life.  That is the answer to these dramatic times.  A new springtime!

In Jesus and Mary!
Cathy Nolan 

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