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Bart Stupak: Naive or a Fraud ?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

As I reflect back on the events of this past weekend it is difficult to identify the most disappointing event on the way to this unconstitutional power grab, but not impossible.  For me, aside from the passage of  the bill itself, the most significant display of cowardice came from Representative Stupak when he sacrificed the lives of unborn children for the sake of his own re-election.

Of course, I realize the Stupak apologists will point out that he brokered a deal with Mr. Obama to obtain an executive order.  However, I also realize that such an order has no real effect and that it constitutes nothing more than a crass attempt to provide Stupak with political cover for the truly uninformed.

In short, the executive order he brokered means nothing.  First, there is nothing preventing Obama from rescinding it at anytime.  Second, this meaningless gesture will surely fail the second the pro-abortion crowd challenges it in the Courts.  In that regard, it is clear that the Progressive Socialist agenda that passed on Sunday does allow for the funding of abortions with Federal dollars.  Thus, the law will prevail over this hollow executive order.

So, I ask, is Bart Stupak naive and thus really believes that he accomplished something in the name of life or is he just another fraud ?

Since his previous performance in the House to broker the deal restricting the funding of abortion last November provides evidence that he is not naive, I can only reach one conclusion as to his character.  I wonder if his conscience is bothered in the least, or if he has even given a thought to the children who will die as a result of his corrupt bargain - we will probably never know.

Kevin Carey

Endorsements

Monday, February 15th, 2010

For the past 27+ years, I have been actively involved in politics in various capacities.  My experience has included serving as an officer in College Republicans and Young Conservatives of Texas to service as the legal advisor to the Tarrant County Party to time spent as a city councilman to working in my precinct at present.    Since his 1976 Convention speech, I have looked for individuals who fit the mold of our beloved Ronald Reagan. 

In this election cycle, it has never been more important to vote for people who hold true to President Reagan’s principles and the ideals that made this Country great.  Specifically, through our vote we must send the message that limited government, the protection of individual rights, and living within our means is the only true path back to the prosperity, innovation and charity that has always set us apart as a Nation and a People.

To continue the Reagan Revolution, I recommend the following:

Governor: Rick Perry

432nd Judicial District Court: Ruben Gonzales

County Court at Law # 1: Brent Keis

Criminal District Court #3: Rob Catalano

I appreciate your support, your vote, and your hard work in returning America to its rightful place as the “Shining City on the Hill”!

Best Wishes, 

Kevin Carey

The Plan of God, The Plan of Life

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

As you can see from the blogs that I have posted thus far, respecting life and opposing abortion have played an important role in the information that I believe is vital to our Nation.  Last year, I attended St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time which happened to fall on the Sunday designated by the Bishops of the United States as Respect Life Sunday. At that Mass, Father James Hart preached the following Homily that I have reprinted here with his consent. I ask you to prayerfully consider this Homily for your own good, the good of your fellow man, and the good of our American experiment. - J. Kevin Carey

 

The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Genesis 2: 18–24
Mark 10: 2–16
The Plan of God, the Plan of Life
Fr. E. James Hart

I. INTRODUCTION

This Sunday is designated
by the Bishops of the United States
as Respect Life Sunday.
In this week’s Lessons and Gospel-
with respect to the created order-
we have set before us an essential part of the Plan of God
The formation of the family according to His will

Our Lord, commenting on the creation account of Genesis, teaches,
6 …from the beginning of creation,
‘God made them male and female.’
7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,8and the two shall become one flesh.’
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
9 What therefore God has joined together,
let not man put asunder.”1

One man and one woman united in marriage;
and the children born of that blessed union–
This is the institution that God established.
And there is no other!
It does not depend upon the state
The sate depends upon it

As John Paul the Great said,
“Beyond all the cultural changes, there are essential realities
that do not change; rather, they find their ultimate foundation in Christ, who is always the same, yesterday, today and forever. Therefore, the fundamental reference of Christian morality is not
the culture of man but the plan of God.”2

From the institution of marriage
there flows the beauty, the wonder,
the miracle of human life as God would have it,
irrespective of place or time,
in response to the cultural mandate,

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it
and have dominion over the fish of the sea
and over the birds of the heavens
and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”3

 

II. THE PLAN OF GOD, THE PLAN OF LIFE

In light of these realities, Respect Life Sunday begins,
as it always does, with the Church’s witness to life
and this, of necessity, begins with Her opposition to-
The evil of abortion

Why begin here?
Because abortion touches upon
the fundamental issue of our time-
the right upon which every right depends:
the right to life!

As the Bishops of our country have noted,

“Without the fundamental right to live,
the right not to be killed,
no other rights are meaningful.
In fact, without life no other rights can exist.”4

Based upon false and relativistic moral systems
of the apostate culture of man and of our time, however,
arguments, with seeming credibility, are mustered
in opposition to this most fundamental of all rights.

• “Abortion is a political matter;
and the Church should not be involved in politics”

To the contrary, abortion is not a political matter;
Rather, it is a moral matter, which has been politicized

It is a matter of right and wrong…

• “It’s my body. I have the right to choose.”

Abortion kills an innocent human being who,
from the moment of conception,
is a genetically unique human person
distinct from his or her mother and father.
A mother or father has no more right to kill their unborn child
than they do their two year old toddler.
Does a father have the right to kill his child
because the child lives in that father’s house?
Neither does the mother or father have the right to kill their baby
just because he is, for the moment, living in the mother’s womb.

It is your body, but the baby is not!
No one has the right to choose to kill
an innocent human being!

• “The fetus is just a clump of cells, a glob of tissue”

The only significant difference
between a fetus and fifteen-year old
is a few years and a few meals.
That “fetus” is a person, like you, like me!
Just because he is small
doesn’t mean that he is not human.

That baby is not just a clump of cells,
but an innocent human person!

God, our Creator and Redeemer,
compels us, as the family of God,
to protect the small, the innocent, the helpless!

• “A fetus becomes human when it can live on its own,
outside the mother’s womb.”

If being dependent means not being human,
then toddlers, the handicapped,
the injured, the sick, the old are not human-
which is absurd!
Love protects and cares for children,
the handicapped, the injured, the sick, the aged.

That baby, although defenseless, is a human person
from the moment of conception!
His Creator and Redeemer would have us come to his defense-
The defense of the defenseless!

• “You can’t legislate morality”

But in truth we legislate morality all the time.
We have laws, for instance and rightly,
against slavery, bigotry, rape, incest, murder,
theft, and child abuse.
Why?

Because these things are intrinsically wrong
In other words, they are evil.

No one in their right mind, for instance,
believes we should be able to practice
slavery or murder or sexual-abuse
under the auspices of “a right to choose” or “as a right to privacy.” To the point, there is no circumstance, time or place which would justify these heinous acts

The same holds, without exception, for Abortion
Because,
Abortion is always the willful killing of the most innocent!

Those who, in conformity to the Plan of God,
seek to establish a just society
will-they must-legislate morality!

There are profound depths in our Lord’s imperative,

“Suffer the little children to come unto me,
and forbid them not;
for of such is the kingdom of God.”5

But surely the defense of those children
from the moment of conception
is the bare minimum required of us

Can we, as His people, do anything less?

If we would do God’s will, if we would be faithful Catholics
we must be opposed to the evil of abortion,
without exception!

 

As the Catechism teaches us,
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”6

 We, as faithful Catholics
and men and women of good will
must be pro-life!

I am acutely aware, however,
that feelings run high around this issue.

I am also aware that in the most extreme case-
to wit: a pregnancy which is the result of a rape-
many people find it appalling
that the Church should insist that even then
the life of the unborn child is to be protected and nurtured.

But I would ask you to lay aside the “feelings” for a moment-
as real as they are.
I would ask you to answer the question,
At the moment of the conception of a human life,
what is it that takes place?

Again, the Catechism states,
“The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not ‘produced’ by the parents - and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final Resurrection.”7

 This being true, regardless of the circumstances,
would you take the life of an innocent baby
because of the wrong done by another?

Do you think that one intrinsically evil act
justifies the perpetration of another intrinsically evil act-
that the evil of rape justifies the evil of murder?

In simple terms, that two wrongs make a right?

If you do, how, then would you square this
with the most fundamental principle of morality:

 

It is never right to do evil that good may come8

 

Again, we, as faithful Catholics and men and women of good will
must stand in defense of all innocent human life!

May the grace we receive in this Holy Eucharist,
this sacrifice of love,
enable us to make the fundamental reference
of our lives, our families, and our beloved country
not the culture of man,
but the Plan of God,
revealed to us in His Holy Word,
and confirmed to us by the Tradition of His Church

 

 

 

1  Mark 10: 6-92
2  VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2003, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Veritatis Splendor
3 ESV Genesis 1:284 From this years USCCB Respect Life Program Flyer
4  From this years USCCB Respect Life Program Flyer
5 DRA Mark 10:14
6 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2270, Cf. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Donum Viate I, 1
7 Ibid, Section 366; Cf. Pius XII, Humani generis: Denzinger-Schonmetzer. Enchiridion Symbolorum, Definitionum et Declarationum de Rebus Fidei et Morum (1965) 3896; Paul VI, CPC #8; Lateran Council V (1513): Denzinger-Schonmetzer. Enchiridion Symbolorum, Definitionum et Declarationum de Rebus Fidei et Morum (1965) 1440
8 Romans 3: 8

 

 

 

Pro-Life Response to Obama’s Anticipated Speech

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Bishop John M. D’Arcy
114 W. Wayne St.
South Bend, IN 46601

Re: President Barack Obama speaking at Notre Dame Graduation

Dear Bishop D’Arcy:

I am writing you as one of many concerned, Catholic lay Faithful about the decision to allow President Barack Obama to speak at Notre Dame’s upcoming graduation proceedings. While I join those voices that have articulated concern with the decision to allow this most ardent of pro-abortion presidents to speak at a Catholic institution from a political perspective and with those that are concerned about this decision from the perspective of diminishing the authority of the Church when speaking on issues of morality and ethics, these are not my only concerns. I write you out of concern for your Soul and the Souls of those who might convince themselves that abortion is an acceptable “choice” in light of the obvious ambiguity and confusion that will be created by giving President Obama the honor of a platform at this Nation’s alleged “premier” Catholic University.

There cannot be any argument with the conclusion that the culture of death is on the rise and that President Obama is a leading spokesman for that culture in the form of his pro-abortion positions.

As I am sure you know, President Obama led the effort to kill an Illinois state ban on partial birth abortions while in the Illinois State Legislature. As president, Mr. Obama has ended restrictions that prevented tax payer dollars from funding abortions overseas. He has also opened a path for using tax payer dollars to encourage the destruction of embryos for research. He has taken aim at the “conscience clause” designed to protect doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers from being forced to participate in procedures (including abortions) that violate their consciences. Most recently, a Federal Judge has ruled that the Bush Administration’s age limit on the “morning after pill” was without reason and, in the process, has opened its use to minors.

I have read your letter of March 24, 2009 concerning Barack Obama’s speech at Notre Dame posted on the Fort Wayne - South Bend Diocese’s website. Obviously, I appreciate the fact that you recognize that the invitation by Notre Dame to the President is inappropriate under the circumstances. However, I do not believe that simply refusing to attend the speech and ceremonies is sufficient. As you well know, your Office carries with it the obligation and authority to act, when appropriate. On the Last Day, you will be asked whether you appropriately exercised the authority of your Office to prevent this abomination from occurring. Will you be held accountable for whatever Souls are lost through any misunderstanding of the Catholic Church’s position on this issue and brought about by your failure to act?

As you know, section 886 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church provides, as follows:

The individual bishops are the visible source and foundation of unity in their own particular churches. As such, they exercise their pastoral office over the portion of the people of God assigned to them, assisted by priests and deacons. But, as a member of the Episcopal College, each bishop shares in the concerns for all the churches. The bishops exercise this care first “by ruling well their own churches as portions of the universal church,” and so contributing to the welfare of the whole Mystical Body, which, from another point of view, is a Corporate Body of Churches.

Section 938 of the Catechism provides that the bishops, established by the Holy Spirit, succeed the apostles. They are “the visible source and foundation of unity in their own particular churches.”

Section 2050 of the Catechism provides that the Roman Pontiff and the bishops, as authentic teachers, preach to the people of God the faith which is to be believed and applied in moral life. It is also incumbent on them to pronounce on moral questions that fall within the natural law and reason.

Aren’t you concerned that the failure to take a firm, purposeful stance in denouncing and requiring the retraction of the invitation of this speaker, constitutes a weak or effeminate pronouncement on this important moral question? If you believe that something as subtle as posting a letter on a website is a sufficient pronouncement, perhaps it would be worthwhile to revisit the actions of your predecessors, the apostles, and what they gave up for Truth.

Section 939 of the Catechism discusses the duty of the bishops to authentically teach the faith. Is teaching limited to letters?

Section 2068 of the Catechism teaches us that the bishops, successors of the apostles, receive from the Lord the mission of teaching all peoples, and of preaching the Gospel to every creature, so that all men may attain salvation through Faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments.

Have you done enough? Do you believe that your letter fulfills the spirit of your obligation to work so that all men may attain salvation?

In Evangelium Vitae, John Paul The Great wrote, “To Claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom . . .” In Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: The U.S. Bishops’ Reflection on Catholic Teaching and Political Life the Bishops, in Conference, remind us of the obligation to teach the moral values that should shape our lives, including our public lives, and that such obligation is central to the mission given to the church by Jesus Christ. While this document was directed to lay Faithful, doesn’t it also apply to you?

Do you believe that this issue provides you with an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel of Life? Frankly, I wonder if the Holy Spirit is providing you this opportunity and that you are ignoring the Call.

In Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict the XVI wrote, in pertinent part, that forming consciences in political life and to stimulate greater insight into the authentic requirements of justice requires a readiness to act.

It is clear that as a Bishop you have the authority and obligation to act. I do not believe that your authority and obligation ends with a letter published on a Diocesan web page. If Father John Jenkins does not understand the gravity of his actions on his soul and the souls of others, then as a successor to the Apostles you have a duty to act. If even one person aborts a child due to the creation of confusion caused by the actions of Notre Dame’s President in allowing this president to speak at its graduation, are you prepared to respond to your Lord and Savior on the Last Day for your Soul and that Soul?

Vivat Jesus!

J. Kevin Carey

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

A warrior for God

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, R.I.P.
(1937-2009)

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