The Catholic Spectator

  1. The Todd Duncan Story (Written by Lisa Spellman)

    A recent graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Todd Duncan has been a practicing Catholic all his life. College is a time when some young people drift away from their faith, but it had the opposite effect on Todd, and in an unexpected way. It all began freshman year, when Todd realized that his Protestant friends had a much better grasp than he did on matters of faith, the Bible, and even theology. God’s grace led Todd to true fellowship, to the St. Irenaeus Center, and to a profound love of the Catholic Church.

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  2. The New Eugenicists

    The following is excerpted from a story:

    Dr. Warren Hern, one of the last abortionists willing to perform very late-term abortions in the United States, has written published works describing man as a “malignant eco-tumor” destroying the earth.

    Esquire magazine reports in a story entitled “the Last Abortion Doctor,” that Hern, the director of the Boulder Abortion Clinic since 1975, argued in a work called Urban Malignancy: Similarity in the Fractal Dimensions of Urban Morphology and Malignant Neoplasms that growing human populations act like a “malignant ecotumor.”

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  3. Healthcare Not a Right

    Following are selected excerpts from an article titled Bishops Wrong: Healthcare Not a Right by Father Michael Orsi. Thank you Father Orsi for exposing this latest example of misrepresentation by the USCCB.

    The USCCB needs to be either reformed or disbanded before they can cause any more harm. I vote for the latter.

    Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development released a statement made to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate stating that “health care is not a privilege but a right and a requirement to protect the life and dignity of each person.” They couldn’t be more wrong.

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  4. Healthcare Trumps Abortion

    The following is excerpted from Deal Hudson’s article at

    The Congress and the White House have little to fear from the bishops’ official statements opposing the abortion provisions in the health care bill. Unlike with President Barack Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame, there is no chorus of bishops’ voices rising in protest against the bill; most of the Catholics in Congress support it, and mainstream Catholic organizations like Catholic Charities USA and the Catholic Health Association — which some assume speak for the bishops — have also voiced their support.

    The overall impression given by Church leadership thus far is that universal health care coverage is so badly needed that they are not willing to endanger the legislation by protesting too loudly against abortion coverage.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Hudson is right. Once again, the abortion issue is relegated to the back burner by our leadership.

  5. Indult to be Revoked?

    The following is excerpted from a story on

    Pope Benedict XVI does not want the faithful receiving Communion in their hand nor does he want them standing to receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. According to Vatican liturgist, Monsignor Guido Marini, the pope is trying to set the stage for the whole church as to the proper norm for receiving Communion for which reason communicants at his papal Masses are now asked to kneel and receive on the tongue.

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  6. The Sisters of Reparation

    My wife and I spent this past weekend visiting with the Sisters of Reparation in Steubenville, Ohio. Although the intent of our visit was to perform maintenance on their various chimneys and furnaces, we did get to spend some time socializing. I must say that I won’t soon forget the warmth and hospitality that these fine sisters showed to me and my wife.

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  7. Church “Expert” Spouts Off

    Kathleen Kennedy Townsend spouts off in Newsweek Magazine (selected excerpts):

    In truth, though, Obama’s pragmatic approach to divisive policy (his notion that we should acknowledge the good faith underlying opposing viewpoints) and his social-justice agenda reflect the views of American Catholic laity much more closely than those vocal bishops and pro-life activists. When Obama meets the pope tomorrow, they’ll politely disagree about reproductive freedoms and homosexuality, but Catholics back home won’t care, because they know Obama’s on their side. In fact, Obama’s agenda is closer to their views than even the pope’s.

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  8. American Idol?

    Selected excerpts from CNA on Cardinal Cottier:

    Responding to Cardinal Georges Cottier’s recent article praising President Obama, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister has said the cardinal almost exalts Obama as “a new Constantine, the head of a modern empire that is also generous toward the Church.”

    Magister responded by saying that Cardinal Cottier “denies that Obama can be considered ‘pro-abortion,’ and even attributes to him the desire to ‘do everything possible to make the number of abortions as small as possible’ just as did ‘the first Christian legislators, who did not immediately overturn the Roman laws that were tolerant toward practices inconsistent with or even contrary to the natural law, like concubinage and slavery.’”

  9. Undermining the Unity of the Church

    Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue on disobedience in the Church (selected excerpts):

    Bishops who have deep theological differences with the Pope are undermining the unity of the Catholic Church, a prominent English bishop has claimed.

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  10. Bad News for Local Pius XII Bashers

    Bad news for some local Pius XII bashers:

    The Vatican’s secret archives on Pius XII should be ready for opening in about five years and will clear him of accusations that he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust, the archives’ head said on Thursday.

    “He was a great pope, who, as you know, is under attack for his presumed silence on the Shoah,” said Monsignor Sergio Pagano, using the Hebrew word for the Holocaust. “But in reality he did many things for Jews and for prisoners of World War Two”.

    “There will be some nice surprises, even as far as the Jews are concerned,” Pagano said, adding that the pope did not remain inactive when Jews were rounded up for deportation on October, 1943.

    “Pope Pius took great risks, even very great personal risks, to save Jews. I can’t say more now but whoever wants to open their eyes in five or six years will be able to open them,” he said. Reuters News Agency

  11. Dissent is Childish

    The Holy Father sets the dissidents straight (Lifesite News)

    “Paul wants the Christian faith have a ‘responsible’, an ‘adult faith,” said the Holy Father. “The word ‘adult faith’ has in recent decades become a popular slogan. It is often used to refer to the attitude of those who no longer adhere to the Church and her pastors, but choose for themselves what they want to believe and not believe – a kind of do-it-yourself faith.”

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  12. What Part of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis is So Hard to Understand?

    The following is an excerpt from Father Kevin Murphy’s column in the June 28 bulletin for St. Louis Church in Pittsford:

    I know to raise the issue of women and married men to be considered as priests is unacceptable for some among us…not for me…I pray that wherever priests come from that we as God’s family would be open to allow people to serve…if you feel only male celibates should be ordained, fine, encourage and pray for that…wherever the vocations come from, let us just pray and accept them to serve.

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  13. Wards of the State

    From Phil Lawler at

    More and more often, the charitable agencies run by American Catholic dioceses are doing business with the government, providing contract services to fill various social needs. The offices of Catholic Charities, at both the local and national levels, receive the lion’s share of their funding from government programs. They have become agencies of the welfare bureaucracy. The agencies themselves are no longer truly acting for the Church, carrying out the corporate charity of the faithful. They are now wards of the state.

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  14. Cardinal O’Malley Pulls the Plug

    From a press release by Judie Brown and the American Life League:

    “Praise God! After months of tireless effort from American Life League and pro-life heroes in Boston and around the country to expose a potential scandal only days away from becoming a tragic betrayal of Catholicism’s unwavering commitment to the dignity of the human person, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has heard our voices and will end the joint venture with abortion-providing Centene Corp!

    “Cardinal O’Malley has answered our call and beat the clock as the minutes ticked away until the July 1 launch of the new CeltiCare Health Plan and the Catholic Church’s participation in the intrinsic evil of abortion.

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  15. They Will Shudder

    Virginian Judge Harvie Wilkinson on partial birth abortion (LifeNews):

    “The fact is that we-civilized people-are retreating to the haven of our Constitution to justify dismembering a partly born child and crushing its skull,” Wilkinson wrote. “Surely centuries hence, people will look back on this gruesome practice done in the name of fundamental law by a society of high achievement. And they will shudder.”