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I Try Not to Do This Too Often March 31, 2009

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but I wanted to really remember these words about Kathleen Sebelius and receiving of the Eucharist.

That Archbishop Wuerl and Bishop Loverde would back up Bishop Naumann in regard to the future Secretary of Health and Human Services is a significant development in the effort of some bishops to enforce Canon 915: “Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to holy communion.”
This will send the message to other bishops that if they choose to pronounce members of Congress from their dioceses unfit for communion, their authority will be respected in D.C. and across the Potomac in Virginia. The ramifications are enormous: For example, if Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston stated publicly that Sen. John Kerry was in violation of Canon 915, he would not have been able to receive communion at Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass in Washington, D.C., a year ago. Rep. Nancy Pelosi would not have been able to celebrate her elevation to speaker of the House with a special Mass at Trinity College,
Some will argue that neither Archbishop Wuerl nor Bishop Loverde will attempt, through their priests, to deny Governor Sebelius communion. But this misses the point, and the significance, of how the combined statements of Bishops Naumann, Wuerl, and Loverde have created a new and more vulnerable situation for the pro-abortion Catholic members of Congress. As Archbishop Raymond Burke has explained, Bishop Naumann did not impose a “sanction” on Governor Sebelius; Bishop Naumann asked Sebelius, not the clergy, to apply Canon 915 to herself.
But if Sebelius were to receive communion in D.C. or Northern Virginia, it would likely generate a news story that would mushroom quickly, involving the priest who administered communion and his bishop. This is not news coverage that Sebelius, or the Obama administration, would want to deal with.
No doubt there are priests in both dioceses who would have little compunction about giving communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians, but whether they want to get into a media-generated spat with their bishop over a high-profile politician is another matter.
A final point: Archbishop Wuerl and Bishop Loverde’s collegial response to Bishop Naumann destabilizes the relationship between pro-abortion Catholic politicians and their bishops back home. The question will arise as to why Governor Sebelius should be the only politician in Washington who has been called to account under Canon 915. What about the dozens of others in Congress who have a 100 percent pro-abortion voting record? What about Vice-President Joe Biden himself?
Will other bishops seize this opportunity to apply Canon 915 to politicians in their dioceses, knowing that Archbishop Wuerl and Bishop Loverde will back them up? Given the determination of the Obama administration and the Congress to roll back all restrictions on abortion, I wouldn’t be surprised.


Complete article here by Deal Hudson. 

HT to CatholicFire and InsideCatholic

To view an article by Archbishop Naumann regarding the nomination to the cabinet position and his position regarding Mrs. Sebelius click here.

 Written by JC



My Top Ten Favorite Current Television Shows

Filed under: Blog Parties,Media — alwayswithme @ 9:52 am

I found a blog  called ohamanda.  She  hosts a Top Ten list on Tuesdays and thought I’d participate.

In no particular order my favorite current television shows:

1.  Life on Mars (finale this week)

2.  LOST

3.  NCIS

4.  Life

5.  The Closer

6.  House

7.  CSI and CSI – NY

8.  Burn Notice

9.  Bones

10.  Castle

To see other folks favorite things head over here.


Do You Remember These? March 30, 2009

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I loved these when I was a kid and now here they all are in one place, the lyrics and some You Tube Videos.  In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, maybe you will recognize these:

Best of Schoolhouse Rock Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks Schoolhouse Rock! (1973 TV Series)
Best of Schoolhouse Rock
by Various Artists
Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
by Various Artists
Schoolhouse Rock! (1973 TV Series)
by Various Artists
Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication Rock Grammar Rock (Schoolhouse Rock 1973) Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock
Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication Rock
by Various Artists
Grammar Rock (Schoolhouse Rock 1973)
by Various Artists
Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock
by Various Artists
Schoolhouse Rock: America Rock Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks Schoolhouse Rocks the Vote!: A Benefit for Rock the Vote

To see what other bloggers are talking about, visit Talk About Tuesdays!


A Great Post on the Benefits of Being Frugal

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can be found here:

Go check it out and let me know what you think!


The Simple Woman’s Daybook

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the sun is shining and the grass is green.  Remnants of all the snow we got yesterday lingers only in the shaded edges of our yard.
Around the House…
are piles of papers waiting to be sorted, jackets that need to be hung up, floors that need to be swept and counters that need to be cleared.


to enjoy tea and water instead of diet soda, how to deal with ADD and what to do instead of reading so many books.


a meal plan for the month, and a neater home for my family and I to enjoy.


 I haven’t been reading anything at all of late.  We moved my comfy reading chair to the bedroom to watch fish so the room I read in doesn’t have a place for me to land.  I can’t seem to make myself do it anywhere else, is that weird?  I do have a book on tape to listen to while I walk the treadmill.  But I don’t consider that reading really.

In the Kitchen…

I need to straighten up before I cook but we will have some roasted vegetables and a simple soup.


things that will help get my world a bit more ordered so that I can enjoy the moments instead of react to the chaos.  The process is long and I fall back frequently but I keep working at it.  Thank God for a patient husband and a loving son.

Inspired by…
the sound of water as it trickles through the aquarium in the otherwise mostly silent house.
I was also inspired by Susan to make this entry.  To see more entries in this blog party head over to a Simple Woman’s Daybook to see what others are doing.







I Really Like This Post March 29, 2009

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Maureen Wittman has a great post on what to do with your money in light of the Notre Dame fiasco.


So Proud of Our Son

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Last night my 10 year old son was so excited about the Kids Choice Awards or whatever they are called being on.  The Jonas Brothers were going to be on, Dwayne whats his name was hosting (from Escape From Witch Mountain), and the Pussycat Dolls!  I asked him who the Pussycat Dolls were and he didn’t know (but I do).  What are the Pussycat Dolls doing on a kids awards show?  I told him that they were inappropriate for his growing young man’s eyes and that when they came on I would have him change the channel and when they were done he could change it back.  No questions asked.  He did just as I asked without complaint.  I love that boy. He motivates me to be a better mom and that is what I learned this week.


Red Envelope Up Update

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If you don’t feel like you have time to do this on your own, click here to order it done for you.


Found Another Blog Party That Looks Fun March 28, 2009

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Friday’s Fave Five #30


Five favorite things that happened this week, I like the positiveness of this series so here are mine, in no particular order:

1.  We had a fantastic time at the AMA Supercross Races in St. Louis.  Spur of the moment trip but lifetime of memories for our son.  One of those, “I am so glad we did that now things”.

2.  Installation at TOPS completed. 

3.  Calling my dad after Missouri made that great shot right at the buzzer and him answering “what a shot!”    This is significant because we are Kansas fans, but Kansas fans who appreciate great work.  Way to go Tigers.

4.  Laying in bed this morning cuddling with DH.  We never get to do that.  Thank you rain and sleet.

5.  Lunch at Accurso’s, yummy!  New favorite Italian Restaurant.

For more Favorite Fives click here.


Glad to See Students Stepping Up March 27, 2009

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The Notre Dame issue, which I know I said in a previous post to not even get me started, but I just saw that there are groups of students at Notre Dame starting to speak out on the Obama at their graduation thing.  Here is the link, I’ll be quiet now.