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November 13, 2008

American BRAVEHEART: Father Jay Scott Newman, stalwart priest

Nov 13 06:59 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him “constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.”
The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.

“Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president,” Newman wrote, referring to Obama by his full name, including his middle name of Hussein.

“Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exits constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ's Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation. . . .”

[See my earlier post on about Father Newman on this weblog: “Good Times in Greenville.”] Say some prayers for this good priest. He's going to be pummled for this. Treasure in heaven. 

Okay, Comments Are Now Working (Sort of)

Whew. After a lengthy diagnostic, trouble-shooting phonecall with my personal tech-support amigo (a.k.a. Father Bud — God bless him), we figured out what the problem seems to be with this blog not showing comments. 

In fact, your comments are there — or at least the capability for you to post them is there — but because I'm using an “enhanced” template, comments don't show up on the main page. Why, I don't know. But, hopefully, Blogger will soon fix that odd lacuna in the software.

So . . . to see the comments and/or to post comments of your own, you have to click the title of the post, and voilá! They appear. 

I'm sorry for the nuisance. At least we do have comments, and in due time, if the fix ever comes in, you'll soon be able to see them on the main page. For now, though, just click the post headlines and we're in business. 

“What If?”

Mark Mallett asks the intriguing question, “What if?” in the wake of the dire result of the most recent U.S. Presidential election. His answer is equally intriguing, and I think I agree with his conclusions.

“[W]hat if Obama begins to bring stability to the world? What if foreign tensions began to ease? What if the war in Iraq seems to conclude? What if racial tensions ease? What if the stock markets begin to appear more stable? What if there appears to be a new peace in the world?

“Then I would tell you it is a false peace. For there can be no real and lasting peace when death in the womb is enshrined as a universal 'right.' . . . ”

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Genesis 19:1-29 on My Mind

I grew up in Mission Viejo, a great town in sunny Southern California. My younger sister Mary still lives there with her husband Joe and their three kiddos. This morning, she sent our family members this video, which provides a glimpse of the seething rage among many of the foes of Proposition 8.

Mary wrote, “I am sure you are all aware that California had Prop. 8 on the ballot during this past election.  'Yes' on 8 meant a ban on same-sex marriage. This was an ugly battle this year, and we saw many demonstrations for and against Prop. 8. Personally, Joe and I had two 'Yes on 8' signs stolen from our front yard.  Thank God it passed but, unfortunately, over a week later there are still many violent and destructive protests occurring. This news video is not uncommon to what we have seen out here in the past few weeks.  These are scary times.”

Watch the hatred from these men as they scream and rage at an elderly woman who calmly defies them. Then ask yourself what planet the news anchor dude has been living on for him to be able to ludicrously pronounce at the end of the clip that there is “a lot of hate on both sides.” Both sides? I saw plenty of hatred in this video, but it was coming from one side in particular. You be the judges.

And then go check out Genesis 19:1-29.