Sunday, August 30, 2009

Secular Franciscan Order...come and see..

A good introduction to the Secular Franciscan Order. Come and see...

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

League Of American Voters - Protect America Healthcare

Why has ABC and NBC refused to run this ad?

We need to stop Obamacare

Pajamas Media has a good article entitled "The Top Ten Reasons We Must Oppose Obamacare". Go read it here.

Health care and the common good

Archbishop Charles Chaput has a good article on health care. Please see his column:
Archbishop's Column

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Text Cloud - St. Caesarius - Sermon 1

Just for fun, I thought I would do a text cloud of St. Caesarius' Sermon 1 to see what words appear most often. Here it is:
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If you would like to read this sermon go to my previous post here.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

St. Caesarius of Arles - Sermon 14

The Fathers of the Church

St. Caesarius of Arles

Sermon 14


(l) Your faith and devotion have given us great joy, dearly beloved. The more attentively we see you come to church, the more joyfully we exult and give thanks to God because He deigns to take possession of your heart in such a way that we derive great joy from your manner of living. I beseech you to observe in your hearts what you show in the body. You know, brethren, that all men have the habit of wanting to show off their new clothes, if possible, or at least bright ones, when they come to church on the holy feasts. If a man has an old tunic he procures a new one, in order that he may go to church well-dressed; if he has a dirty one he hurries and washes it; if it is torn he tries to mend it. The purpose is that nothing about him may appear torn or dirty to human eyes when he goes among men. What we do with regard to our bodies is good and pleasing, but you know it is wrong if we do not do the same thing in our souls. Therefore, just as you fix your body, fix your soul. Do not let your body wear bright garments in the sight of men while your soul is filthy in the sight of the angels. You fear a spot on your clothing: see to it that whatever is dirty in your soul is washed with the tears of repentance. If anything is black, let it be made white by almsgiving; if anything is defiled by dissipation, let it be washed clean by chastity. If anything in the soul is broken, let it be repaired by good works; and if anything is lost, let it be restored by prayer. It does us no good to adorn ourselves outwardly in various ways if inwardly we soil our soul with many sins. What benefit is derived from adorning the servant and disgracing the mistress, in other words, in fixing the body and robbing the soul of good works? Of course we feed the body, although, whether we will or no, in a few years worms are going to devour it in the grave. The soul, however, which we look down upon and despise, is to appear before God and the angels in heaven. Then it will be really in disgrace, if it has defiled itself by dissipation or avarice. Therefore I beseech you, brethren, let us think of the salvation of our soul as much as we can. For our body in this world let us keep only what is sufficient, namely, simple fare and proper clothing. Let us entrust whatever will be better and more useful for our soul to heaven, ‘where neither moth nor rust consumes, nor thieves break in and steal.’1 Indeed, what we keep for our bodies in dissipation in this life we lose either during our lifetime, or at least immediately after our death.

(2) When you assemble in church, let each one give in offering to the poor whatever he can. Moreover, entertain strangers in your dwellings with great kindness; do what you can for them, and wash their feet. Above all, visit the sick, and, if any people are in disagreement, with all your might recall them to peace and harmony. Thus, at the day of judgment that desirable word may be addressed to you: ‘I was hungry, and you gave me to eat,’2 and all the rest. Let no one keep in his heart hatred for his neighbor, but love, instead, for if a man feels hatred toward even one person he cannot be at peace with God. A man’s prayer is not heard by God as long as anger is stored up in his soul. Let that be enough for you, whatever God gives you as the result of your just labors. Let no one commit theft, or bear false witness, for it is written: CA false witness shall not be unpunished.’3 Let no one commit adultery, because the Apostle exclaims: ‘Adulterers will not possess the kingdom of God.’4 And further on : ‘Every sin that a man commits is outside the body, but fornicators sin against their body.’5 No one should do to another what he does not want done to himself, and he should do to others as he wants done to himself. One who has vowed virginity to God should, with His help, keep that promise. Moreover, he should live cautiously and carefully, lest he perish through some unbecoming familiarity or cause others to do so. Virginity is destroyed in a moment’s time, and it cannot be restored in a hundred years. A man or woman who wants to marry should observe virginity until united in marriage. If they are first corrupted, they come to marriage dead, because as soon as adultery is committed the soul is strangled and dies. Any men before they take wives, or girls before they take husbands, whom the Devil has incited to corrupt themselves before marriage, afterwards are so held down by the Devil himself that they can only with difficulty, or not at all, preserve untainted their chastity.

(3) Above all, give tithes of all your profits to the church for the clergy and the poor; from the nine-tenths which remains in your possession, give alms. By this means redeem your sins and prepare for yourself eternal rewards. Accustom yourself neither to commit perjury nor to swear, because Scripture says: A man that sweareth much shall be filled with iniquity: and a scourge shall not depart from his house’;6 while the Lord says: ‘Do not swear at all. But let your speech be, “Yes, yes; No, no.”’7 Do not curse, because the Apostle says: ‘Nor will the evil-tongued possess the kingdom of God.’8 Do not slander, for it is written: ‘Whoever speaketh ill to his brother will be destroyed.’9 Do not lie to one another, because The mouth that belieth killeth the soul.’10 Likewise, be not arrogant toward your parents or neighbors, because ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’11 When you come to church, present the offering which is to be consecrated on the altar. Indeed, there are many devout poor people who frequently present offerings in church; although they scarcely have the means to live, still they do not come without some gift. On the other hand, there are some rich men who give nothing to the poor, make no offering to the church, and do not blush to share in the offering presented by the poor. These men receive judgment rather than a remedy. Therefore, while there is still time, such people ought to correct and amend their lives.

(4) I also advise you to destroy all the temples which you find. Do not make vows to trees or pray to fountains. Avoid enchanters as poison of the Devil. Do not hang on yourself and your family diabolical phylacteries, magic letters, amber charms, and herbs. Whoever does this evil should not doubt that he has committed a sacrilege. If anyone knows that near his home there are altars or a temple or profane trees where religious promises are made, he should be eager to destroy them by pulling or cutting them down. If anyone fails to do this, on judgment day he will have to render the whole account for the souls of however many come there and commit dreadful crimes. Notice, brethren, that we proclaim in the hearing of God and His angels: Do not despise your herald, if you want to escape your Judge. We give you the advice we have, and may the powerful Lord deign to instill it into your hearts, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

1 Matt. 6.20.

2 Matt. 25.35.

3 Prov. 19.5.

4 1 Cor. 6.9,10.

5 Cf. 1 Cor. 6.18.

6 Eccii. 23.12.

7 Matt. 5.34,37.

8 I Cor. 6.10.

9 According to the editor, Dom Morin, a free translation of Prov. 20.13.

10 Wisd. 1.11.

11 James 4.6.

Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Congressman Brian Baird - A Marine Gives it to Them

A Little Obamacare Humor

Bloodmoney Trailer

Proud to be Catholic - Salve Regina

Here is another version.

And another...

Healthcare - A really good article

Nearing retirement and slowing down, I'm concerned about health care. But not for myself alone, but for everyone. It is a very complicated issue. I have been thinking about Obamacare - it fills the news. But are we getting the facts? I think not.

I've looked at H.R. 3200. No I have not read all 1,000 pages. Who can without a team of lawyers to help make sense out of it? But the legislators have tried to rush it through without most of them understanding what is in it, or ever bothering to read it. Why the rush? So that we wouldn't have time to get a handle on it.

What I have heard and read I don't like. I don't like the inevitable rationing, or the inevitable government system - as it is easy to understand the government will make the rules, they don't have to make a profit and companies will naturally go for the cheaper option. So in the end nationalized health care.

And abortion is elective and it is definitely not health care. Yet it seems we will be paying for it.

Thanks to the Anchoress, I was pointed to a really good article on health care in The Atlantic. It was written by David Goldhill. It is rather long but I urge you to take the time to read it. It surveys the current state of health care and suggests some options.

You can read it here.

Nevertheless I urge you to contact your Senators and Representative and tell them what you think - I did. The health care system needs to be fixed. It does not need to be taken over by the government.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Stop the Abortion Mandate

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Faith - Sermon 12 - St. Caesarius of Arles

St. Caesarius of Arles (468-542)

Sermon 12


(1) In all the divine lessons, dearly beloved, faith is lauded with many praises; in fact, not only sacred Scripture but also the entire human race ceaselessly extols it. Would that it were praised by the lives of men as it is praised with the tongue! As it is preached with the mouth, so may it be observed wholeheartedly; as it is uttered with the lips, so may it be fulfilled in deed. So great is the virtue of faith that even those who refuse to keep it still presume to praise it. Truly deservedly is faith extolled, for without it no good work is ever begun or completed, according to what is written: ‘Without faith it is impossible for anyone to please God.’1 In the person of Christ and the Church it is said concerning it: ‘Come, my neighbor from the beginning of faith.’2 The Apostle Paul commended it individually in that list in which he praised all the saints of old:’ By faith Abel, by faith Henoch, by faith Noe, by faith Abraham pleased God’3 and so forth. Concerning this the Lord Himself said in the Gospel: ‘Thy faith has saved thee,’4 and again: ‘if thou believest, all things are possible to him who believes’5 and: ‘if you have faith even like a mustard seed, you will say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted, and be transplanted," and it will obey you.’6 Although the virtue of faith is commended with so much praise, the essence of its name is not known by many. Faith received its name from a fact, that is, from something which is done, and in it is contained the strength of all human as well as divine things. Therefore, even if a man says verbally and with many oaths that he possesses faith, if he is unwilling to fulfill in deed what he says verbally that he believes, that is not faith. Faith, as I said, derives its name from a fact.

(2) Let us see what a man should do if he wants to keep his faith intact. Doubtless, he should trust with all his heart that what is the exceedingly firm foundation of the Christian religion is true, namely, what God promises and what He threatens. Then, indeed, a man can understand the word faith and realize more fully its power, if he keeps before his eyes those two facts: the reward of eternal life and the penalty of endless punishment. Since it does no good to believe in one and doubt about the other, each one should examine his heart with great diligence to see whether he faithfully believes. Perhaps a man knows that in these two matters he possesses true faith, maintaining with a firm heart that the just will receive glory after their good deeds, while the unjust will suffer endless punishment after their evil. If, while faithfully believing these truths, he strives with his whole mind to perform good works so that he may arrive at the reward, and to avoid evil so that he may escape punishment, a man should rejoice that he is keeping an upright faith. Moreover, he should give thanks to God and with His help endeavor to persevere in the very work. Therefore, brethren, if you will carefully pay attention to this, you can realize more fully the name and power of faith. Because faith received its name from a fact, as I said before, if you say a thousand times that you have faith but refuse to fulfill in deed what you promise in words, it is not faith at all. Moreover, if you claim to believe in the reward which God promises and the punishment which He threatens and still, as was said, refuse to act in such a way as to escape endless punishment and obtain eternal rewards, there is no faith at all in you. Not only does it fail to benefit you to say in words that you are believing, but it even does you much harm. It is better for a man not to promise than to be unwilling to fulfill what he has promised. The name of faith alone cannot free you. Instead, as was said already, you will be doubly guilty if you refuse to carry out what you have promised verbally, for the Holy Spirit proclaims to you through James: ‘Faith without works is dead.’7

(3) Although a man ought to fulfill everything he promises if possible, that first excellent promise which we make to God at the time when we are reborn in baptism we should especially safeguard with His help. We are asked at baptism whether we will renounce the Devil, his pomps, and his works; we freely answer that we will renounce them. Since infants can by no means confess this themselves, their parents stand as surety for them. Therefore, if we faithfully observe what is the first and fundamental fact of the Christian religion, it is certain that with God’s help we will be able to do the rest. However, if we neglect to fulfill what we promise to God, I do not know whether we will be able to preserve the faith which operates among men. Now, if we dangerously make a promise to an influential man when we neglect to carry it out, how much more dangerously do we make a promise to God and then not pay it? We fear a man so much because we dread death or material loss; we refuse to give God what we promise because we are entirely without fear for the death of our soul. Where is that Gospel text which says: ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body’ But rather be afraid of him who, after he has killed, has power to send it to hell’?8 Therefore, what is promised to God should be done first of all, in order that what is promised to men may be fulfilled. Let each one examine his own conscience. If he sees that he has kept his promise and knows that he has renounced the Devil with his pomps both in word and in deed, he should rejoice that he has kept his faith whole. However, let him be secure concerning the past in such a way that he is solicitous for the future, because not he who has begun but ‘he who has persevered to the end will be saved.’ 9 Let no one believe, perchance5 that faith can only be shattered by mortal sins. What difference does it make whether a man strikes and kills himself with a larger or smaller sword? Anyone who says this should notice that faith can even be endangered by idle talk, of which the Lord said an account must be rendered on the day of judgment. Moreover, ‘Whoever says to his brother, "Raca," or "Thou fool!" shall be liable to the fire of Gehenna.’10

(4) Therefore, as was already said, let each one consider what he promised in the sacrament of baptism. Since he made a pact with the Lord, let him see whether he has violated it in any way. When the question was asked: ‘Do you renounce the devil, his pomps, and his works?’ then the priest offered a contract for approval. When the individual answered: ‘I do renounce them,’11 it was approved. For this reason, as was said above, if we refuse to do what we have promised to God, I do not know whether we will be able to preserve fidelity to men. Now, we have promised to renounce the Devil with his pomps and works. Almost no one is ignorant of what the Devil’s pomps are, yet it is necessary for us to mention them at some length. All furious, bloody, or shameful spectacles are pomps of the Devil. To be a slave to gluttony or drunkenness, to subject one’s unfortunate soul to lust or dissipation, certainly belongs to the Devil’s pomps, because in such actions his will is fulfilled. What need is there to say concerning adultery, murder, robbery, and false testimony that they are part of the Devil’s pomp and works, since no man can be ignorant of the fact? There is no doubt that to observe omens and to summon charmers, sorcerers, soothsayers, or seers belongs entirely to the pomp and works of the Devil. For this reason, since few people can be found who happily are free from all these things, each one, as I already said, should return to his own conscience. While his soul is yet contained in this poor body he should hasten to redeem or correct through repentance, almsgiving, and especially the forgiveness of his enemies, whatever of these aforementioned vices he knows has been or is present in himself. With God’s help let him strive so to cure past wounds that he may never again presume to commit anything whereby he might be wounded anew.

(5) Let no one vainly deceive himself by saying: I believe in God’s mercy, that the faith and my baptism which I have received will never die. You believe rightly, if you have done what you promised. If you have kept the pact which you entered upon with the Lord, rest assured that your faith and baptism will not perish. However, if you have not fulfilled in deed what you promised in word, with what boldness or with what kind of a conscience do you feel sure that your baptism will not perish, since you have not kept your contract? Listen to the Lord’s words saying: ‘What does it avail you to call me, "Lord, Lord," and not to practice the things that I say?’ and again : ‘He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me,’ and: ‘not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father in heaven’12 Carefully notice that, according to the lines quoted above, it does a man no good to say that he possesses faith, if he neglects to fulfill in deed what he promises in word. As the Scriptures say: ‘If thou hast vowed anything to God, defer not to pay it. For an unfaithful and foolish promise displeaseth him. It is much better not to vow than after a vow not to perform the things promised.’13 In order that we may understand these facts clearly from our relations with our servants, let someone tell me whether it is enough for him if his servant says all day that he is his lord and ceases not to commend him with praises, but refuses to do what has been commanded. Therefore, if words without deeds do not please us, how much more can faith without works fail to benefit us in the sight of God? Above all, we must fear lest someone believes so strongly that he will receive God’s mercy that he does not dread His justice. If a man does this, he has no faith. Likewise, if he dreads God’s justice so much that he despairs of His mercy, there is no faith. Since God is not only merciful but also just, let us believe in both. Let us not despair of His mercy because we fear His justice, nor love His mercy so much that we disregard His justice. Therefore, we should neither hope wrongly nor despair wickedly. A man who hopes wrongly thinks he can merit mercy without penance and good works; one who despairs wickedly does not believe he will receive mercy even after the performance of good works. Therefore, above all, we should consider and fear lest we believe that faith without good works can suffice for us. Let us fear the words of the Apostle James: e just as the body without the soul is dead, so faith also without works is dead,’14 and further: ethou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well. The devils also believe, and tremble.’ 15 See, brethren, the Apostle says that a man who believes and does not act has the faith of demons. Now if one who believes but fails to act is called similar to demons, it is for you to judge what hope a man can have if he does not believe. The demons believe God exists, but they do not perform what He commands; this man is proved not to believe, because he is unwilling to fulfill in deed what he seems to promise in word.

(6) Now I want to speak to your charity briefly, so that you may be able to understand more fully the works of faith and its virtue. The whole virtue of faith seems to consist in two things: one, as was already said, that we believe most firmly that what God promises is true; the other, that it is fixed in our minds that what God threatens is not false. Believe with your whole heart and mind that after good works you will receive the reward which is promised; similarly, without any hesitation believe that, if you have done evil, you will suffer endless punishment. Then you may know that your faith is entire, on condition that you fulfill by deeds what you believe in your heart, and without any delay turn away from evil to do good. In turning from evil you believe there is punishment; in doing good you believe that you will attain to a reward. Know, however, that it does not benefit you to believe the one and doubt the other. It is profitable to turn away from evil only if a man immediately does good. Likewise, it is advantageous to do good only if one completely turns away from evil. I have mentioned this because there are many people who seem to give alms as the result of robbery and fraud, yet are unwilling to desist from these evils. As I have said, dearly beloved, it is profitable for you to avoid evil if you know that you are doing what pleases God. Then you can devoutly believe a reward will be given to you because of your good works, if with God’s help you begin to refrain entirely from evil. Indeed, if you want to do good and evil at the same time, what can it avail to build up on one side and to destroy on the other, to rob one man and to clothe another? To such men the Lord says in the Gospel: ‘Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad.’16 Moreover, Solomon says: ‘As a dog is hateful when he returneth to his vomit, so also the sinner, when he returneth to his sin’;17 while in prophecy we read: ‘woe to the sinner that goeth on the earth two ways’;18 and elsewhere: ‘no man can serve two masters.’19 Therefore, as we have said rather often above, since faith receives its name from a fact or something which is done, a man says with confidence that he believes if he is willing to fulfill in deed what he has said he believes. The whole virtue of faith, as was said, is to believe both what God promises and what He threatens. Now, if we want perfect faith to abide in us, let us avoid evil in fear of punishment, and let us strive with all our strength to do good through the desire for reward. Then we will not be forced to endure eternal punishment with unbelievers and the wicked, but will merit to obtain unending reward along with the faithful who persevere in good works. May He deign to grant this, who, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

1 Cf. Heb. 11.6.

2 Cant. 4.8 (Septuagint)

3 Heb, 11.4-40.

4 Luke 17.19.

5 Mark 9.22.

6 Cf. Luke 17.6.

7 James 2.26.

8 Cf. Matt. 10.28.

9 Matt. 10.22.

10 Matt, 5.22.

11 These are some of the words belonging to the ceremonial of baptism.

12 Luke 6.46; John 14.21; Matt. 7.21.

13 Eccle. 5 3,4.

14 Cf. James 2.26. The text has ‘amma’; the Vulgate has ‘spintu.’

15 James 2-19.

16 Matt. 12.33.

17 Prov. 26.11.

18 Eccli 2.14.

19 Matt 6.24.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Michelle Malkin

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

St. Caesarius of Arles - Sermon 10

The Fathers of the Church
St. Caesarius of Arles
Volume 31
Sermon 10

(1) I beg and exhort you, dearly beloved, if anyone wants to be saved, let him learn the true Catholic faith, firmly adhere to it, and preserve it inviolate. Therefore, each one should see to it that he believes in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God; and yet not three gods, but only one. As is the Father, so is the Son and so is the Holy Spirit. However, every one of the faithful should believe that the Son is equal to the Father in divinity but inferior to Him in the humanity of His body which He assumed from ours; the Holy Spirit, in turn, proceeds from them both. Therefore, dearly beloved, believe in God the Father almighty and in Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son and our Lord. Believe that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary who was a virgin before childbirth and remained one ever after it, continuing without any contagion or stain of sin. Moreover, believe that Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate for our sins, believe that He was crucified, believe that He died and was buried, believe that He descended into hell to fetter the Devil, to free the souls of the just who were being kept under guard, and to take them with Him to the heavenly paradise. Believe that He arose from the dead on the third day, showing us the manner of our resurrection. Believe that He ascended into heaven with the body He had assumed from ours, believe that He sits at the right hand of the Father, believe that He will come to judge the living and the dead. Believe in the Holy Spirit, believe in the holy Catholic Church, believe in the communion of saints, believe in the resurrection of the body, believe in the forgiveness of sins, believe also in eternal life.

(2) Therefore, if anyone wants to be a disciple of Christ, he should keep His commandments and love humility as He Himself said: ‘Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. ‘1 Why ‘of heart, ‘ I ask? Because there are many who seem to be humble outwardly, but within are full of the swelling of pride. Christ ‘humbled himself for us, ‘taking the nature of a slave, becoming obedient to death, even to death on a cross.’2 For us, brethren, and to take away our sins, He assumed human flesh, was born of a virgin, laid in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, condemned by the Jews and persecuted by them, seized, scourged, defiled with spittle, crowned with thorns, fastened with nails, pierced with a lance, hung on a cross, given vinegar with gall to drink, and reputed among the wicked. Besides, dearly beloved, He endured all these things to free us from the jaws of hell. Therefore, since the Lord bore so many and such great things for us, we ought to follow in His footsteps and imitate the example of the saints if we want to reach Him. The Lord says in the Gospel: ‘If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me,’3 and elsewhere: ‘go, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and come, follow me.’4 The holy martyrs, dearly beloved, followed in His footsteps and drank the chalice of suffering which He drank. The Apostle Peter was crucified for the name of Christ, Paul was beheaded, Stephen was stoned, and how many others suffered thus for His name.

(3) For this reason, brethren, crucify and ‘mortify your members which are on earth,’5 in order that you may please Him who created you. One who was proud should be humble ; the unbelieving, faithful; the dissolute, chaste; the robber, worthy; the drunkard, sober; the sleepy, vigilant; the avaricious, generous; the deceitful, kind in speech. The detractor or envious person should be upright and kind; one who sometimes came late to church should now hasten there more frequently. Let each one redeem himself with abundant almsgiving, for, ‘As water quencheth a fire, so alms resisteth sins.’6 Distribute among the churches and the poor every year tithes of all the fruits you gather. Love fasting; avoid gluttony and drunkenness. Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the sick, and seek those who are in prison. Receive strangers in your homes, wash their feet, and dry them with linen, kiss them tenderly, and prepare beds for them. Let no one commit theft or murder or adultery or perjury, or bear false witness. Every man should honor his father and mother that he may live long on earth. Let him cherish God more than himself and love his neighbor as himself. If anyone has committed any of the aforementioned offenses, he should quickly amend his life, make his confession, perform true penance, and then his sins will be forgiven him. If you are willing to do what I have suggested, brethren, you will merit pardon for your sins and obtain eternal life: with the help of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

1 Matt. 11.29.
2 Phil. 2.7,8.
3 Luke 9.23.
4 Matt. 19.21.
6 Eccli. 3.33.
5 Col. 3.5.

C-SPAN Caller Blasts Media on ObamaCare

Think European health care is great? Watch this.

Think European health care is great? Watch this.

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Here is H.R. 3200 a.k.a. ObamaCare

The Doctor is in has a link to this bill which can be found here.

He offers a brief summary of the bill in his recent post. It begins:

If you have a serious case of insomnia, have far too much time on your hands — or have a vested interest in not seeing government take over your health care — then you will want to spend quality time reading the legislation which will change your life, irrevocably and disastrously, forever: HR 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009″. Various summaries and commentaries are floating about the web, and while helpful, they are tainted by too much histrionic commentary, often SHOUTED TO MAKE A POINT! which may or may not be be a valid inference from the legislation.

Here’s the HTML version with links.

So now you can go straight to the source, and judge for yourselves. Even though your elected representatives will try to pass this without reading it, that doesn’t mean you can’t do the responsible thing and get informed.

Go to his blog, linked above, to see the rest.

Thanks Doc.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Obamacare and Charity and Truth

Crossed the Tiber brought to my attention an editorial in the National Catholic Register that I thought was important to share and call to your attention.

See the Tiber Jumper's post here.

Following is a short quote:

Of course, all of those questions are moot if a health-care proposal fails to protect the right to life. Health care that pays for abortion or pressures older patients to forgo necessary treatment isn’t a health-care system at all, but a death machine.

No matter how it is structured or how many benefits it provides to people, Catholics must oppose any legislator who proposes or supports a death machine.

Love and truth demand that."

See the National Catholic Register's editorial here.