At Roman Noon today, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, accepted Cardinal William Levada's retirement as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. At the same time, he appointed Most Rev. Gerhard Müller, until now the Bishop of Regensburg, Germany, to succeed Cardinal Levada as Prefect.
Recently in Personal Reflections Category
Jesus on the Cross wakes us up from our dreams, and opens our eyes to the truth... And in him, the sorrow of all mankind becomes the sorrow of God who suffers for love of us. Redemption is this mystery of love and pain: "Where there is no love, put love and you will find love," St. John of the Cross used to say. These words are like a summary of what our journey should be like. We are meant to believe in the force of love. To believe in the fruitfulness of love. This is the great lesson of Jesus on the Cross. That is why his death is fruitful.
and from the Family Research Council:
6 facts demonstrating that abortion is in the health care legislation
Written by Thomas Peters
Monday, August 10 2009 13:19
This morning Speaker Pelosi said "People must be allowed to learn the facts" about health care.
Well, Family Research Council provides six facts about abortion in health care:
1. The House bill specifically includes it. The Capps amendment explicitly allows abortion coverage in the public health plan and subsidizes health plans that cover abortion. (Passed 30-28 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, July 30)
2. Senate Democrats admit it. "[The health care bill] would include, uh, it would include, uh, Planned, uh, Parenthood clinics." (Sen. Barbara Mikulski, July 9, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions-HELP-Committee meeting-Planned Parenthood is the No. 1 U.S. abortion chain.)
3. Senate Democrats refused to ban it. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): "Madam Chairman, would you be willing to put some language in [about] not including abortion services? Then I think you would have more support."Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.): "...No, I would not, uh, be willing to do that at this time." (July 9, Senate HELP Committee meeting)
4. The mainstream media confirms it. ("Government insurance would allow coverage for abortion," Associated Press, August 5, 2009).
5. The Obama administration includes it in its definition of reproductive health care. "Reproductive health care includes access to abortion." (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, July 19)
6. Every amendment to exclude it from health care legislation was defeated by the liberal sponsors. The following is a list of pro-life amendments that would have prevented abortion funding or prohibited abortion mandates for covered services. (For vote tallies and details, see our complete list at www.frc.org here)
I am enjoying my stay in Italy. It is a bit warm, but the mornings and evenings are very pleasant. I am staying in a little pensione as the CPPS are all away at a symposium in Austria. The Pope is on vacation so the crowds are not too big. I have enjoyed showing some friends the sites of Rome for the first time. Other than that I am visiting sites I have never seen before. five minutes from my hotel is the Theatine church of San Andreas (it is not my fault) where the priests pray lauds at 7:30am and then there is Mass at 8:00am. Five minutes the other direction are the Brigittine Sisters and they have adoration, Vespers and Benediction every afternoon at 4:30pm.
Then, of course, there is the food. They know how to eat here. Every time I come to Rome I get to stuff myself and lose weight from all the walking. It is a great way to spend a vacation.
Be assured of prayers for all as I visit the tombs of the martyrs and saints.
...has a blog for his trip to Rome to receive the Pallium. You can find it here.