Our Lady of Soccorso
STATE OF THINGS, November 24, 2006
November 24th 2006 @ 5:55 pm
Prepared by: Camille Giglio

 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR. 
Walk for Life, 2007, January 20th, San Francisco.
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1. Editorial: Election results.
2. PP in your diocese?
3. Campaign for Human Development
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EDITORIAL:  WHAT HAPPENED?
Though many web site publishers and commentators struggled to find wisdom and enlightenment in the election results, my best guess is that not enough Republicans, conservatives and Pro Lifers came out to vote - period.  Too many California citizens are disillusioned with Schwarzenegger and with President Bush, as they have a right to be, but, unfortunately, the down ticket  felt the ennui, not the Governor not the President.

It’s not the Republican Party that loses it’s we the citizens and, especially the babies, who lose.
 
The one clear message to be perceived is that we pro life and/or conservative Christians are beginning to wake up to the fact that Republican commitment to defending human life is little more than campaign rhetoric. What we need to further understand is that any politician left on his/her own will gravitate to the group that funds and keeps them in power regardless of that group’s philosophy.
 
Rick Santorum, R-PA) lost his election because, the pundits say, he was being punished by conservatives for supporting the pro abort Arlen Spector over a pro life Republican newcomer candidate. Well, not only that,  but Pennsylvania pro lifers remembered that he also supported the miserable Governorship of New Jersey’s Pro abort Republican Christy Todd Whitman.  Who is the real Rich Santorum? The pro lifer who so eloquently defended the ban on partial birth abortion or the Party Yes man who supported strident pro aborts over pro life candidates?

 
The responsibility for this loss, not just of a Republican majority in Congress, but a loss of protection for the babies and the defenseless innocent, can be laid at many doorsteps. Apathy on the part of voters who presumed that the Republicans wouldn’t lose, apathy on the part of religious leaders who refuse to educate the laity to the true social and moral teachings of their faith, The Republican Party that refuses to get behind the very candidates who stand ready to support the planks in the Republican Platform on the environment, family issues, medical care and on and on.  The Republican Party has, basically, a very worthwhile Platform but no politician seems willing to support it. 

 
Huge amounts of money were spent by the tax and spend groups on tv advertising promoting false impressions of environmental and health situations.  And, many Democrats happy with the Governor’s delivered promises and appointments of Democrats to state level positions,  voted for the incumbent but not the full ticket. Schwarzenegger sure is a “Stand alone guy.”

 
Did you know that on the eve of the election, Nancy Pelosi managed to slip $25,000 to Planned Parenthood and the YES on prop 87 - Environmental campaign - switched about $70,000 of its funds over to the NO on Prop 85 campaign?  Remember all of the statements by former President Clinton regarding Prop 87?  Protect our children, etc. Clean up the environment for the health of our children, etc. etc. But keep parents out of the minor daughter’s decision for an abortion.
 
A certain Southern California unopposed Congresswoman is reported to say that she doesn’t care about the election, she just wants a Democrat President so that she can get an Ambassadorship to an African-American Country in the near future. Constituents be damned, I guess.

 
Following the election results, the Los Angeles Catholic newspaper, the Tidings, carried an article discussing the defeat of Prop 85 - the Parents Right to Know initiative.  Ned Dolejsi, the Director of the California Catholic Conference was quoted as saying that though Prop 85 lost, it was a great opportunity to get groups who normally don’t work together to come together in support of this Initiative. The next time there is such an initiative they will work together even better.
 
Question: Why does the church with one of the largest populations need to work together with other groups when they have the faithful who vote?  These were not other religious groups with whom it would seem perfectly correct to work.  Where was the incentive from the pulpit to support life and human dignity.  Religious can take a position on Propositions. Religious can explain the moral concerns surrounding election promises relating them to biblical and church faith tenets.  Much was made, at the eleventh hour of Cardinal Roger Mahoney’s taped message exhorting the faithful to vote for Prop 85, but it was too little, too late.  Too few churches of any faith denomination, so we learned, permitted bulletin notices or inserts informing people of the issues and asking support for life.

That may be the fault of the Diocesan and state Catholic leadership but it also shows an unwillingness on the part of the pro life faithful to challenge their reluctant pastors to defend life.
 
Be assured that though the voting may have been a protest against Republicans the Democrats see this as a mandate to proceed with their progressive social agenda, as does the Governor. There will be a return of the Physician Assisted Suicide legislation, universal government controlled health care including abortion, birth control and school based delivery of health care, universal pre school and universal government sponsored day care.
 
All of these come under the purview of life issues. They affect family values, family authority, life begetting and ending issues. ALso the issue of eugenics is rearing its ugly head once more. The idea that there are some lives not worth living. That human life can be engineered to achieve a human standard of perfection that only a government agency can provide.
 
Please start off the new year promising to be more outspoken in the defense of life.
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2.  IS PP IN YOUR DIOCESE?
Recently the Contra Costa Times carried an article about St. Mark’s Catholic Church, in Richmond, California, inviting Planned Parenthood to give presentations to their young parishioners on sex education.  This is a parish with a majority of low income, mainly Latino immigrant population.

This parish is heavily infiltrated by community activist organizations such as ACORN (Alliance of Community organizations for Reform Now) and PICO (Pacific Institute for Community Organizing) who are engaged in providing the youth with activist, lobbying and community protest training.
 
On October 23, the Diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Voice, carried an article entitled “Alameda AIDS Ministry reaches out to teens.”  This article reported that groups of students from the several Catholic churches in the city of Alameda, interested in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, following a talk by an HIV positive young man, distributed AIDS literature to all the catholic and public high school libraries in the city. The material was published by ETR - Education and Training Resources - the publishing arm of Planned Parenthood located in the San Jose area.

In both situations it was the Directors of Religious Education who spearheaded the activities that brought Planned Parenthood into the churches.

California Right to Life has now sent two letters to the Oakland Diocese Bishop, Allen Vigneron, with only one reply and that being a canned automatically generated response.
 
There is a myriad of material generated by authentic Catholic publishing houses and organizations such as Priests For Life and Human Life International that could have been used to educate these students. Why were they ignored?  Who oversees what the DREs do?

Also recently there has been a great deal of activism generated in the diocese by a group called California Power and Light (there is also an Oregon Power and Light). This group promotes environmentalism by showing an Al Gore film on Global Warming. Though CIPL/OIPL spokespersons deny it, this is a way to get around the prohibitions on church involvement in promotions of Democrat Party candidates.
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Stop Planned Parenthood’s efforts to permanently expand Medicaid  (American life League report)

 

Planned Parenthood reiterated in its strategy document its intent to permanently expand the Medicaid program to include coverage of birth control.

 

Currently, Medicaid pays for birth control under what are normally called, "Family Planning Waiver Programs." A full history and current status of these waiver programs can be found on the web site of Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute.

 

We present here a short summary of the Guttmacher Institute article:

 

In the early years of the joint federal-state Medicaid program, eligibility was limited largely to low-income, single mothers and their children who were receiving welfare. In the 1980s, however, Congress broke the welfare-Medicaid link for pregnancy-related services by first allowing and later requiring states to extend eligibility for Medicaid-covered prenatal, delivery and postpartum care to women with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level.

 

In the 1990s, several states began pushing for Medicaid expansion to cover family planning services. In addition they raised the eligibility to 185% of the federal poverty level. Unlike the increases for pregnancy-related care, which are specifically provided for in the federal statute, these expansions require approval-generally referred to as a "waiver"-from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicaid.

 

As of December, 2003, the Guttmacher Institute reported that 18 states have gained approval for these waivers and another four states were waiting for approval. The states have a real incentive to push for these programs because the federal government pays 90% of the cost of providing family planning services and supplies under Medicaid, compared with 50-77% of the cost of other medical services, including pregnancy-related care.

 

Even before the new Planned Parenthood strategy document, it was leading efforts in Congress to make the providing of these family planning services a normal part of the Medicaid program so that they will not need to be obtained through waivers. The strategy document confirms that this is a major thrust nationally for PP.

 

Those opposing Planned Parenthood across the country should immediately put pressure on their state governments, and your elected members of congress, to end any “waiver” programs that currently exist and to keep “family planning” programs out of Medicaid.

Stop Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs

 

In 1986, Planned Parenthood announced a corporate goal of having its form of sex education in every school district in the nation. In addition, it clearly stated that these programs should be mandatory for all students.

 

In the latest strategy document, Planned Parenthood confirms that this is still a goal for Planned Parenthood.

 

This means that all of us must be ever vigilant in dealing with our schools. American Life League has a book, Parent Power!!, that has been helpful to parents all over the world in stopping these offensive Planned Parenthood programs.

 

You can obtain a copy of the book by calling 866-LET-LIVE or by ordering online.

 

Use the proven plan to defeat Planned Parenthood
 
For many years, people have been using American Life League’s Plan to Defeat Planned Parenthood with much success. It is the execution of this plan that has put Planned Parenthood in the position where it feels so “on the defensive.”

 

We call on all of you to read and implement this plan in your communities and your state. Doing so will continue to put pressure on Planned Parenthood and will result, in God’s time, in the closing of all Planned Parenthood operations in the country.
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Increased Access to Contraception Not Linked to Decrease in Numbers of Unplanned Pregnancies, Abortions, Letter to Editor Says
The belief that increased access to contraception will "reduce rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion" has "intuitive appeal, but the data prove otherwise," Susan Wills, associate director for education for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, writes in a Washington Post letter to the editor in response to a Post opinion piece by William Saletan, science and technology reporter for Slate magazine. According to Wills, CDC data indicates that contraceptive use is "virtually universal among women of reproductive age." The "problem" is that condoms and oral contraceptives "with typical use" have a 12-month pregnancy risk of 15% and 9%, respectively, Wills writes. In addition, studies conducted in California, Washington state, Scotland, England, Sweden and China "show no reduction in pregnancy or abortion rates despite increased availability of contraception or emergency contraception," Wills concludes (Wills, Washington Post, 10/21). (Kaisernetwork.org)
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“Delivering As One”, Secretary-General Puts Gender Equality At Center Of UN Reform Proposal (excerpted from a C-Fam report by Austin Ruse)
By Samantha Singson
     (NEW YORK

-Camille
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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
- St. Pius X, Jucunda Sane, March 12, 1904