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Editorial: Newtown is Our Town. Mourning the Massacre, Considering America's Culture of Death Comments

A visibly shaken Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy told us all, as we hung on his every word, that "evil visited this community today and it's too early to speak of recovery." He was absolutely correct. This has become America's tragedy. We all know deep within that those little children are our children as well. Evil visited the entire Nation on December 14, 2012. It is causing us to pause and examine ourselves. Continue Reading

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  1. DLL
    2 years ago

    Rafael Marie: we all make our comments here. President Obama is not my choice for President. I have written my share of negative comments about him. He frustrates me because he could serve to unify our country with his charisma instead he is divisive. Each republican candidate for President got a character assassination from the President and his party. The Church repeatedly was accused of being against woman's rights,when in fact they were trying to protect religious freedom. During the right to life anti abortion marches on Washington the last 4 years President Obama and the secular media have deliberately ignored those people who marched there. President Bush never did. We still have roe vs wade. A bad law takes a lot of time to reverse. We must all pray. God is pure love. We must be loving as Christians. I do not always make my comments with as lovingly as I should. I am aware of this whenever I write. It bothers me if someone thinks I am judging them. Only God judges each and every one of us. Faith is a Gift. On earth heaven and hell is a state of mind for each and every person. Personally I know heaven and hell. That is actually a grace from God. If I didn't have some idea of what both states of mind were like than I would have poor judgement as far as trying to do the right thing is concerned. I am Catholic because I want to please God,in pleasing God,I am right because in all Christ ever did,He was always pleasing to God. The Church is my instructor. Love is what people must feel,that is a love for God,when we write our comments. This message is more to my self than to you,so that with what I write,I can Consider myself warned! God bless you and all who read this. Pray for the end of abortion,also pray for President Obama. May he use his magnetic charisma to act for the love of God,as he says he is Christian,to end abortion and to unify our nation,once again as one nation under God. In god we Trust. America needs to pray so that there will be no more senseless mass murders of innocents. Merry Christ Mass!

  2. Ryan
    2 years ago

    Rose, I think you are in fact the one that needs to actually look up the 2nd ammendment while you are telling DavidandJoan to do just as that as the 2nd ammendment reads "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". So I saved you the 2mins it would have taken you to actually read it. As you can see, our fathers wrote this ammendment with not the thought of the average citizen owning what we know today as semi-automatic assault weapons for sport but as a means to protect and to defend our country against foreign foes. I am not stating my opinion as I understand this is a very complex debate in light of the tragedy in CT; I am merely asking you to take your own advice and look something up before taking someone else's comment to task. God bless the families of the victims of Sandy Hook

  3. rafaelmarie
    2 years ago


    Au contraire!

    You are the deranged monster and non-Catholic and should be seeking help for not accepting that your re-election of the monster obama has caused this great tragedy, and the tragedy of further free abortions through obamacare, obama's acceptance of gay marriage, lack of school prayer, etc., etc., etc.! You are an accomplice to the tragedy that happened in that grade school!

    On top of that you are a liar! God does punish! Just look at all the examples in the Bible and hell!

    Yes, God forgives, but only if you repent of your sins!

    You should ask yourself why are you so angry???

    Is it because what I say bothers your conscience???

    Or whatever is left of it???

    I am just a sinner, but I am sure of one thing, I am Catholic, as opposed to you, because you have essentially excommunicated yourself from the Catholic Church (latae sententiae) by voting for obama and making abortion even more possible! And that is a fact!

    May God have mercy on your decrepit soul!

    Fr. Matthew Habiger, HLI

    Can a Catholic in good conscience vote for a politician who has a clear record of supporting abortion? Or is it a sin to vote for a politician who regularly uses his public office to fund or otherwise encourage the killing of unborn children?

    I take the position that it is clearly a sin to vote for such a politician. Let us examine the issue. I shall appeal to arguments based on authority and to arguments based upon the consequences of such a vote.

    Every Catholic should know that abortion is a gravely serious evil, and as such is never to be supported. In the Vatican's "Declaration on Procured Abortion" (Cardinal Seper, Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1974) there is a discussion of "Morality and Law" (#19-23). "Man may never obey a law which is in itself, immoral and such is the case of a law which would admit in principle, the liceity of abortion. Nor can he take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law or vote for it. Moreover, he may not collaborate in its application. It is, for instance, inadmissible that doctors or nurses should find themselves obligated to cooperate closely in abortions and have to choose between the law of God and their professional situation." (22)

    Pope John Paul II in "Evangelium Vitae" states "I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. ... No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself and proclaimed by the Church" (EV 62C).

    "The 1917 Code of Canon Law punished abortion with excommunication. The revised canonical legislation continues this tradition when it decrees that a person who actually procures an abortion incurs automatic (Latae sententiae) excommunication" (Canon 1398) " The excommunication affects all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached and thus includes those accomplices without whose help the crime would not have been committed" (Canon 1329).

    "By this sanction the Church makes clear that abortion is a most serious and dangerous crime, thereby encouraging those who commit it to seek without delay the path of conversion. In the Church the purpose of the penalty of excommunication is to make an individual fully aware of the gravity of a certain sin and then to foster genuine conversion and repentance"(EV 62B).

    The argument can be made that voting is a very remote form of cooperation in abortion. But is it all that remote? The legislator who votes for abortion is clearly a formal accomplice, giving formal cooperation with abortion. S/he shares both in the intention of the act, and in supplying material support for the act. If I vote for such a candidate, knowing full well that he will help make available public monies for abortion, or continue it decriminalization, then I am aiding him/her.

    It is a hard fact that when funding dries up for budgets of abortuaries, the abortion provider lays off staff, making fewer abortions possible. Unlike the pro-life movement, the abortion industry is not staffed with volunteers, who stand to gain no commercial advantage. If budgets are cut, the staff is reduced. If the abortuary is unprofitable, it closes its doors.

    It is not sufficient to think that, since candidate X takes the 'right position' on other issues such as the economy, foreign relations, defense, etc. but only goes wrong on abortion, one can in good conscience, vote for him/her. Abortion deals with the first and most basic human right, without which there is nothing left to talk about.

    Is this too stringent a way of thinking? Is it not nuanced enough, or does it do injustice to the complexities of a pluralistic society? Consider this question in light of another issue. Would voters be understanding and nuanced in their toleration of a known racist? Or would that be sufficient reason for everyone to consider him/her unfit for public office? Why should we understand intolerance in the case of racism, but not in the case of murdering unborn babies? Abortion is not just another "issue" - it is a matter of life and death, the great civil rights issue of our time.

    In his homily delivered at the National Shrine on 21 January, Bernard Cardinal Law said: "We who are here are challenged by the words of the Holy Father who calls us to be aware that we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the culture of death and the culture of life. We find ourselves not only face with, but necessarily in the midst of this conflict; we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life."

    "That is what Catholics are called to: to be unconditionally pro-life. There is no ambiguity in the words of Peter's successor. To be Catholic is to be unconditionally pro-life. To support abortion, to advocate the right to choose an abortion can in no way be considered a catholic option. ..."

    "All too many of us, however, have hidden the Gospel of Life under the bushel basket of political expediency. How scandalous it is to see the evidence of Catholic votes supporting those who deny the Gospel of Life! It is easy to criticize Catholic elected representatives who have rejected life. Do we not need to be even more concerned with the far greater number of Catholic voters who fail to challenge those politicians?"

    "Our task within the household of faith is clear and daunting, my brothers and sisters. It must be made abundantly clear in pulpits, in classrooms, in the lecture halls of our colleges and universities, in the Catholic press, in the way we vote, that to be catholic is to be unconditionally pro-life."

    It is a scandal that Catholic politicians vote for bills which fund or otherwise advance abortion. They should be named, publicly shamed and admonished so that they can cease their evil and return to God.

    To vote for such a candidate is to willfully participate in that candidate's choices and deeds. It is a sin, and must be repented.

    Fr Matthew Habiger,
    Human Life International
    4 Family Life
    Front Royal VA 22630
    (540) 635-7884

  4. Jane
    2 years ago

    Can we all please write to President Obama and our Senators and ask them to please make laws that respect ALL life, from conception until natural death, as this will cure the country of these "random" shootings. I really don't think these shootings will end if this does not happen!

  5. Carolyn
    2 years ago

    Newtown, CT is a call to all Catholics to pray the rosary everyday and Mary will multiply your prayers. Evil is here, we must combat it.

  6. Thomas
    2 years ago

    Thank you Deacon for your comments on our youngest children. They are appreciated by me and most God loving people. When people understand a death of a child by either a weapon or a surgical instrument is the same thing, killing, our world will start to recover it's love of God. Yes, Newtown is Our Town, but so is every abortion mill in the world. Time to end this slaughter.

  7. David and Joan
    2 years ago

    I equate the carrying of a gun as the same as putting feces in ones pocket. Guns are designed to destroy. Cars,pot,alcohol and the like are not,but they can be items that foster or become items of abuse,by an abuser. Guns spell an intent to Mame or kill. Society creates its freaks by what it condones and sells. This is an unpopular as a viewpoint to literally hate guns,but I believe the greatest weapon to develop is a peaceful one,that weapon is the extremity that sits superior on the human body and is positioned between the shoulders,on top of ones neck. Educate the young to love peace. That is the greatest defense.

  8. Emanuel
    2 years ago

    @ rafaelmarie
    You need help, fast. God does not need the blood of these kids to prove a point, or to punish them for the sins of their parents! Your apocalyptic ramblings are not Christian, nor human at all, no one in their right mind could write what you have just written. What has happened is a tragedy. Those kids were not responsible neither for the abortions or Obama's reelection you insensitive delusional monster. Get help! And don't you dare call yourself a Christian, don't you dare! You are as bad and as deranged as the shooter. God does not judge or punish, our actions do that for us, everyone is invited into salvation, and everything can be forgiven, that is the magnitude of Father's love, that is the truth for which Jesus testified with his life. Don't you dare ever call yourself a Christian.

  9. Joe
    2 years ago

    God has been taken out of schools. There is only one answer and that is "God". He can and will answer All our problems. President Obama should stay out, he has allowed millions of unborn to be murdered. You will not hear the liberal media stand up for God. They will blame guns. The President still has not told the families of those killed in Bengazi the truth. And now they want to redefine marriage.

  10. Gerald
    2 years ago

    Murdering is a personal choice. Abortion is a personal choice. Our best approach is to change people's hearts. Trying to change society by writing more man-made laws is a waste of time.

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