It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Friday, February 29, 2008

Abortion and Racism Have Always Gone Together


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The recent flap concerning racism and eugenics in Planned Parenthood should come as no surprise. Margaret Sanger (1883-1966), the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a racist who supported the same kind of eugenics ideology as the Nazi Party. Sometimes when one makes such a charge, it's best to let the accused speak for herself...
On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
"...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.

On sterilization & racial purification:
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial "purification," couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities:
"More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control." Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12

On the extermination of blacks:
"We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population," she said, "if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

On respecting the rights of the mentally ill:
In her "Plan for Peace," Sanger outlined her strategy for eradication of those she deemed "feebleminded." Among the steps included in her evil scheme were immigration restrictions; compulsory sterilization; segregation to a lifetime of farm work; etc. Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 107

On abortion in general:
"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

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Free Speech On Trial In United States of America

(WorldNetDaily.com) - A trial is scheduled to begin today in Elmira, N.Y., and lawyers for the defendants say it will be a test of whether the First Amendment affirmations of freedom of speech and freedom of religion still are valid in the United States.

"Choosing to exercise your First Amendment rights in a public place is not a crime," Joel Oster, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund said. "The government has no right to arrest citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights in public."

At issue is the arrest of several Christians at a "gay pride" event is Wisner Park in Elmira in 2007. Julian and Gloria Raven and several others entered the park to pray silently for the participants of the event celebrating homosexual behavior.

Officials with the ADF noted that the materials advertising the event said everyone was invited and it was open to the public. "The group did not draw a disorderly response from event participants," the ADF said...

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

John Hagee Is Anti-Catholic



ATTENTION: John Hagee has now apologized to Catholics, and the Catholic Church, for making these anti-Catholic accusations, and has recanted them entirely...
read more here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It's called "Dispensation Theology," and it is the biggest culprit behind anti-Catholicism in the Evangelical Protestant world...

Dispensation Theology
The entire structure of the theory itself is unbiblical, it results in extreme zionism, and defies 2000 years of historic Christian tradition. (more explained here) It was invented in the middle 1800s, and popularized by Cyrus I. Scofield, in his 'Scofield Reference Bible.' The premise behind Dispensation Theology is that God deals with mankind differently throughout the ages, and has a different plan of salvation for each epic (or "dispensation") of world history. The theory places primary emphasis on ethnic Jews and the ancient nation of Israel. According to "Dispensationalism" (as it's sometimes called), God is primarily concerned with the nation-state of Israel and the Jewish people. The Church, according to Dispensationalism, is merely an afterthought, a temporary concession to allow Gentiles into heaven, while God prepares to return to Israel and the Jews for the final dispensation of world history. According to the theory, God will end the Church age by a "rapture" in which Jesus Christ secretly returns to earth to snatch away the "true believers" (mainly Evangelicals) while everyone else is "left behind" to suffer the terrors of the "great tribulation" (or Apocalypse) when most of the events of the Book of Revelation are supposed to unfold. It is during this great tribulation when God, according to the theory, will put aside the Church and get back to business with the nation-state of Israel and the ethnic Jewish people. In other words, after the rapture, the world will default back to Old Testament times. Jesus will again appear (for a third time) only after seven years of great tribulation have past. He will then restore the ancient Kingdom of Israel and with the Jews will rule the earth for a thousand years.

Reformation Influence
Along with this unbiblical (and seemingly unchristian) theory, comes a virulent form of anti-Catholicism not seen since the days of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. The Catholic Church is often depicted as the "Great Whore of Babylon" of Revelation 17. While this accusation is nothing new, we've been hearing it for five centuries now, it is made anew by the adherents to Dispensation Theology. It is particularly energized by television evangelists like John Hagee, who is certainly not the first to make these claims, but his nationwide popularity gives them a very high podium.

Communist Influence
Hagee compounds an anti-Catholic belief system with common lies about the Catholic Church, some of which were popularized by the Communist Party. One of these lies in particular, was manufactured by the KGB during the Cold War. It was called "Seat 12," and Russian records indicate the plan was hatched at the highest levels of the Soviet Union, to undermine the moral authority of the Catholic Church in Europe, just after the death of Pope Pius XII. The KGB, using their undercover agents in the West, put forward the idea that Pope Pius XII collaborated with Hitler, and was complicit with the Nazis during the Holocaust. The notion first appeared in the West in the form of a controversial play called "The Deputy" written in 1963 by a German named Rolf Hochhuth. The claims were completely unsubstantiated, but that didn't stop the speculation. It eventually culminated in a New York Times bestseller "Hitler's Pope" written by John Cornwell in 1999. The book was criticized by historians all over the world, and soundly refuted by another book called "The Myth of Hitler's Pope," written by a Jewish Rabbi and historian - David G. Dalin. Since then the Vatican has released all the information concerning Pope Pius XII from the secret archives, vindicating his good name, and revealing his successful efforts to save nearly 1 million Jews from the Third Reich. Still, anti-Catholics like John Hagee conveniently gloss over the historical evidence and continue to put forward their communist spawned smear regardless of the facts to the contrary. One would think with John Hagee's supposed high opinion of the Jews, he would listen to one of them who claims a Catholic pope saved nearly 1 million of his people. Judging by Hagee's seeming unwillingness to even acknowledge the existence of such and author and his work, it would appear that Pastor Hagee's love for the Jews only extends to those who agree with his anti-Catholic views.

Catholic League Responds To The Catholic Knight

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  Shortly after 'The Catholic Knight' blog challenged the Catholic League, and other Catholic media outlets, to be consistent in their anti-Catholic criticism of John McCain, or else admit their previous criticism of Huckabee was wrong, the Catholic League responded with this statement...
(Catholic League) - Yesterday, Senator John McCain said he was “very honored by Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement.” The Republican presidential hopeful also called Hagee “the staunchest leader of our Christian evangelical movement,” citing the minister’s pro-Israel stance.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this today:

“There are plenty of staunch evangelical leaders who are pro-Israel, but are not anti-Catholic. John Hagee is not one of them. Indeed, for the past few decades, he has waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church. For example, he likes calling it ‘The Great Whore,’ an ‘apostate church,’ the ‘anti-Christ,’ and a ‘false cult system.’ To hear the bigot in his own words, click here. Note: he isn’t talking about the Buddhists.

“In Hagee’s latest book, Jerusalem Countdown, he calls Hitler a Catholic who murdered Jews while the Catholic Church did nothing. ‘The sell-out of Catholicism to Hitler began not with the people but with the Vatican itself,’ he writes.

“For the record, Hitler persecuted the Catholic Church and was automatically excommunicated in 1931—two years before he assumed power—when he acted as best man at Joseph Goebbel’s Protestant wedding. Hitler even bragged about his separation from the Church. As for doing nothing about the Holocaust, Sir Martin Gilbert reminds us that Goebbels denounced Pope Pius XII for his 1942 Christmas message criticizing the Nazis (the New York Times lauded the pope for doing so in an editorial for two years in a row). Much to Hagee’s chagrin, Gilbert also says that Pius XII saved three quarters of the Jews in Rome, and that more Jews were saved proportionately in Catholic countries than Protestant countries. Indeed, Israeli diplomat Pinchas Lapide credited the Catholic Church with saving 860,000 Jews. No religion can match that.

“Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee.”

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1962 Divine Office Now Available

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This pocket version of the 1962 Divine Office is designed for use by the laity. It contains the Ordinary, Psalter, and Common of Saints, minus the nocturn readings for Matins, in both Latin and English. This private publisher provides this text free of charge for PDF download. It is also provided for purchase in pocket book form at the affordable price of $12.65 (American). CLICK HERE for details.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Television Ads For Catholicism

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Please take a moment to view the video in the right menu bar. This is just one of a few television ads that catholicscomehome.org hopes to air in the months and years ahead. If you think this is a worthy endeavor, as I do, then click here to help.

Hang In There Mike!

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Former Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on SNL to explain why he hasn't dropped out of the presidential race...



It made for a great joke, but there is a serious side to this whole business. Mike Huckabee is the LAST remaining Pro-Life candidate in the presidential race that has actually won some primaries. He literally is the LAST voice for the Pro-Life movement in this presidential race. All the other candidates are either overtly Pro-Abortion (Clinton and Obama) or are very weak on the Pro-Life cause (John McCain). Huckabee stays in the race for one reason, and one reason only, which is to give us a voice. It's to give Pro-Life voters a say in this election. He'll stay in until McCain either gets the delegates he needs to wrap up the nomination, or until we have a brokered GOP convention. We should know which it will be after the Texas primary closes on March 4th.

Bring Life To BOTH Political Parties

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Even if you're not a Democrat, consider joining this organization anyway, and together we can bring the gospel of Life to both sides of the political debate.  (Keep in mind that joining a particular interest group within the Democratic Party IS NOT a commitment to vote for Democratic candidates, nor does it mean you support the DNC, but it DOES give you a voice within the party itself.)  If every Pro-Life Christian did this, it would bring the Democratic Party to its knees, forcing the party into some much needed soul searching...

Democrats For Life...
Who We Are
Democrats for Life of America, Inc. is a national organization for pro-life members of the Democratic party.

Our Mission
Democrats for Life of America exists to foster respect for life, from the beginning of life to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia. Democrats for Life of America is one of over 200 member organizations of Consistent Life: an international network for peace, justice and life.

What We Do
We mobilize Democrats at local, state, and national levels to:
  • elect pro-life Democrats to office
  • support pro-life Democrats while in an elected position
  • promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform
  • achieve pro-life legislation with the help of national and state pro-life democrats
  • participate actively in Democratic party functions and offices
JOIN HERE

America Goes The Way Of Europe

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: As the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico quietly negotiate the terms and conditions of the coming 'North American Union' (NAU), the people of the United States slowly display the same cultural trends as well. The late great United States is going the way of Europe, and it seems there is nothing we can do to stop it from happening....
(The Christian Post) - A massive religious study showing that a large number of Americans are religiously unaffiliated caused pollsters to question whether America is heading down the same religious path as that of Europe – where people may consider themselves religious but don’t belong to any institution.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life study, based on more than 35,000 interviews, found that 16.1 percent of the U.S. population described themselves as unaffiliated – the group with the greatest net gain in members.

The unaffiliated category includes atheists and agnostics, but is mostly made up of respondents who said they were “nothing in particular” (12.1 percent).

Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, noted there was a “double pattern” in the unaffiliated category, where the group as a whole is growing as well as those who consider themselves religious but who are not affiliated with any religion.

“I think both of those things are really quite interesting,” Lugo commented.

More than a third of those unaffiliated said that although they have no particular religion, they at least find religion to be “somewhat” important to “very” important in their personal life.

“Let me underscore again one of the significant findings of the unaffiliated,” said Greg Smith, research fellow of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. “A high percentage of them said religion is still important to them, about six percent of the American public as a whole.”

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey estimates the United States is still 78 percent Christian, but is tethering on its reputation as a Protestant nation, at 51 percent and falling.

In future studies, Smith said the group will see if the United States is experiencing the religious “phenomenon” that is already quite common in Europe – “believing without belonging.”

“[For] many people in Europe, religion has become deinstitutionalized even though they still have certain religious beliefs,” Smith said. “So one key question is whether the rank of those who believe but do not belong to religious institutions is a trend that is expanding as we go forward.”

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Does Veiling Bring Respect?

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: A reader of 'The Catholic Knight' recently posted this remark:
"Interestingly, I have noticed that men treat me much more nicely and respectfully when I am veiled. Perhaps at its deepest level this response springs from gratitude for the restoration of the other half of the eschatological sign." - source
She mentioned that she often wears her veil in public on the way to and from mass. I am curious about this phenomenon. Are there any more women who have had similar experiences? Please respond in the comments section below...


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Sunday, February 24, 2008

American-Canadian Army Merger


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Don't get me wrong, I'm glad our nations are "cooperating" in disasters, but am I the only one who sees a problem with this?...
(WorldNetDaily.com) - In a ceremony that received virtually no attention in the American media, the United States and Canada signed a military agreement Feb. 14 allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that does not involve a cross-border crisis...

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Maybe we should just get it over with and merge the two countries into one. Then we can bring in the Mexican Army and call it a day. Seriously, this is just one more step toward the North American Union (NAU). Don't you just love how our leaders like to call us "crazy" whenever we bring it up? Then they turn around and do this kind of stuff in secret and hope we don't notice.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Dobson & Huckabee Secret Meeting

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: What were they talking about?...
(NewsMax) - Mike Huckabee left Texas for a speaking gig in Colorado on Friday and spent an hour with one of his biggest fans -- James Dobson, according to a report in the Rocky Mountain News.

Friends with the Focus on the Family founder for 14 years, the Republican candidate did not disclose the details of their conversation -- but did chat about his campaign, outside the nonprofit's headquarters. Dobson also was mum about what they talked about.

Outside, Huckabee knocked McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton...

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Of course this is just speculation on my part, but if I were to give it an educated guess, I would say their discussion included the possibility of creating a third political party, or how they would work to remake the Republican Party over the next four years should John McCain win the nomination but lose the election. Based on Huckabee's comments after the meeting, attacking both the Democratic and Republican frontrunners, I would suspect this to be the case.

Crusade For Life In the Democratic Party

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Some of my readers will have noticed by now that I've been writing some unusual things lately. My most recent posts outline the most likely way a successful Pro-Life third party might be started, without crippling the Pro-Life movement. I'm sure that raised a few eyebrows.

Now the title of this entry has probably really got you wondering. Well, before you wonder if I've finally lost my marbles, keep in mind that I am a knight, and one thing we knights do best is crusade.

That's right, I'm on a Pro-Life crusade, and this really shouldn't surprise anyone. Catholic knights have been crusading for the unborn for decades now. However, this Catholic Knight (being the blogging junkie that he is) has been watching this presidential election very closely, and I've seen a very disturbing trend.

The Pro-Life movement is in serious jeopardy in this country. In case you haven't been keeping track, the Pro-Life movement has already been dealt a major blow, and I'm afraid its an omen of things to come.

Allow me to explain. Last December the field of Republican candidates displayed a wide assortment. Of the many contenders available, only two were truly Pro-Life. The first was Senator Fred Thompson, and the second was Governor Mike Huckabee. All of the rest were either overtly "Pro-Choice" like Mayor Rudy Giuliani or passively "Pro-Choice" (using Pro-Life rhetoric) like Governor Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain. Thanks to the conservative vote in the Republican Party being split between Thompson, Romney and Huckabee; John McCain was able to skate into first place with just a minority of Republican support. Now he's virtually the nominee. Governor Huckabee remains in the race, hoping to get just enough delegates to force a brokered convention, and I wish him luck. Believe it or not, right now he is the ONLY presidential candidate standing up for the Gospel of Life, and the way things look right now, they may just lock the doors on him at the GOP convention. Huckabee (the only Pro-Life candidate left) is seen by GOP insiders as a "troublemaker" and "outsider." Most Pro-Life voters may not realize it yet, but the Pro-Life movement is in serious trouble. For nearly 30 years we've had the Republican Party in our back pocket. No Republican candidate could even hope to get the nomination without our blessing, and now that's all about to fade away.

Let's just assume for a moment that John McCain actually wins the presidency. What will we have? Well, we will have a passively "Pro-Choice" candidate (who calls himself Pro-Life), who believes abortion should be kept legal in many circumstances, and favors embryonic and fetal stem-cell research. This man has already said he would like to see the Republican Party go back to it's previous platform (before Ronald Reagan) which allowed for abortion. Once elected president, you can be sure he'll work hard to make that happen. If he is elected president, he will have proved that a Republican can be electable to the highest office of the land even with a passively "Pro-Choice" record. In effect, he will have proved to the GOP that the party doesn't need to cater to the will of Pro-Lifers anymore. In effect, the election of John McCain to the presidency may very well do more harm to the Pro-Life movement in this country than the election of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama could ever do. If McCain gets to the Whitehouse, we may very well see the end of Pro-Life control in the Republican Party.

Because of this, and it may sound crazy to some, I think Pro-Lifers might serve the movement well by making sure John McCain does not become President of the United States. As difficult as it may seem, the movement will be able to keep control of the GOP if it sends a clear message to the leadership by insuring a McCain defeat in November. That message will be simply this. Either give us a REAL Pro-Life candidate, or we'll sink every presidential campaign in the Republican Party for as long as we can.

That's Phase 1 of my crusade. Now enter Phase 2. The second phase involves one of two options, both will be difficult, but we have to start getting people to talk about this now. We've got just a little over four years to prepare. The first option is what I outlined in the last two entries. We could create a Pro-Life centrist party, designed to give a voice to Pro-Life Democrats outside of the Democratic Party. I based this idea on the model of the "Christian Democratic" parties in Europe. Organizing a third party is tough business, and often unsuccessful. I pointed out in the previous entries that the ONLY way to make it work would be two draw voters from both the Left and the Right evenly, otherwise you doom yourself to failure, and cripple the Pro-Life movement by splitting the Pro-Life vote in the Republican Party. Because of the difficulties surrounding this kind of operation it may be untenable, but nevertheless the option had to be outlined. So now enters the second option, which brings us back to the title of this entry. The second option of Phase 2 is to wrestle back control of the Democratic Party.

Okay, before you think I've been smoking something, hear me out. The Pro-Life movement is in trouble, and that in part is the fault of the Pro-Life movement. For nearly 30 years, it has virtually limited itself to one side of the political discourse in this country. By allowing the Republican Party to own our issue exclusively, we've created a situation where we've allowed the Democratic Party to go off the deep end on so many issues -- especially the issue of Life. In doing this, we've allowed the Republicans to control us, by pulling our strings, making us promises they had no intention of keeping. Would it surprise you to know that the power to stop abortions in this country has been within the ability of Congress for over 30 years. Congressman Ron Paul outlines this on his campaign website here. Yet the Congress refused to act - not just the Democratic controlled Congresses, but the Republican controlled Congresses as well. Why is this? Because the abortion issues serves our politicians well, on both sides of the isle. It polarizes the American people perfectly, creating a perpetual divide politicians can use to galvanize their support, and keep them in office for years - even decades. As long as we the people keep fighting over this issue, they the politicians continue to benefit from our hostility. All the while babies keep dying, and would-be mothers feel like they have no "choice" at all.

So Phase 2 of the Catholic Knight's crusade is to get the Pro-Life movement out of the single party business and put it in a position were it can begin to control the debate from BOTH SIDES of the American political system. We need to wrestle control of the Democratic Party away from the extremists in the culture of death. How do we do that? It's simple. We invade!

Yes, leave it to a crusading knight to plan an invasion when our forces have taken a beating and it looks like we're about to retreat. The world tells us to retreat, but the Lord tells us to advance, so let's advance already. Here's how we do it.

First, we don't vote for John McCain this November. Now I would never tell you to vote for a Pro-Abortion politician like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. So I'm going to advise that we either vote for a Pro-Life third-party candidate, write in Huckabee's name on the ballot, or just don't vote for president this time around. Remember, a vote for McCain is a vote FOR fetal stem-cell research and keeping abortion legal in many cases. Second, we invade the Democratic Party by switching party membership for the next four years, and joining Democrats for Life. Now this doesn't mean you have to vote Democrat, and it certainly doesn't mean you have to give a dime to the DNC. Certainly, you might want to vote for a Democrat if he's Pro-Life, but if he's not, there is no reason why you can't vote for the Republican alternative. So you register as a Democrat, (if you must register in your state), vote only for Pro-Life Democrats (rare as they may come), then you join Democrats for Life, and begin lobbying the DNC to get the party platform changed to a Pro-Life plank.

Yes, it's a little bit crazy, but it can work, and you know at this point we've got nothing to lose. If we punish the GOP this year for compromising on the Pro-Life issue with John McCain, than we'll have them in check for the next four years anyway. You can bet they'll be running a solid Pro-Life candidate in 2012, because they're not going to want to repeat the mistake they made this year and hack off the Pro-Lifers again. Then, while we've got the GOP in check for the next four years, we put a strangle hold on the Democratic Party by implementing phase 2 of the above plan. What do you say? Who will join this knight on this crusade? What's it worth to you? What have you got to lose? Think about it. Then pass this story on to your Pro-Life friends and family.


Notice the Knight's Emblem in the upper left corner of this picture?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pro-Life Third Party

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This presidential election cycle has seen serious talk about the creation of a Pro-Life third party. The inevitable nomination of John McCain in the Republican Party will only serve to solidify the resolve of some to make it happen. The chief operatives behind this are mainstream Evangelical leaders, who should not be underestimated. They do have the political clout to make it happen should they decide to take that route.

However, we should take note that the creation of any Pro-Life third party will only siphon votes away from the Republican Party if it presents itself as both socially and fiscally conservative. In effect, if Evangelicals go the ultra-conservative route in the creation of a third party, it will only hurt the Republicans, insuring Democrat victories for the long-term future. The country will end up taking a hard Left turn, further damaging the culture of life, because votes on the Right will be split between Republicans and the new Pro-Life third party.

There is only one recipe for success of the viable third party in American politics - especially a Pro-Life third party. It would have to be a Centrist party -- either Center Right or Center Left. The reason for this is to insure that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats gain an advantage from the creation of a third party. A new third party would have to draw people from both sides of the Left-Right debate. It would have to siphon off just as many Democrats as Republicans.

Evangelical leaders considering a third party are going to have to understand that it's suicide for the Pro-Life movement to go this route if the goal is simply to create an ultra-conservative alternative to the Republican Party. These same Evangelical leaders are going to have to sit down with another group of Christians if they want to create a recipe for success.

Catholics have long been a disenfranchised portion of the American political system. The teachings of the Church call for both social-conservative demands (such as Pro-Life and Pro-Family issues), and yet simultaneously affirm the value of what is often called a fiscal-progressive ideology. All of this aimed at protecting the human dignity of each and every person from the womb to the tomb. Democrats promised Catholics more fiscally-progressive policies than the Church ever called for, and yet told Catholics they had to sell their souls to the goddess of abortion and gay-marriage in order to get it. Republicans rally Catholics to join with Evangelicals in creating a 'culture of life,' but then do nothing to address the economic issues leading many women to have abortions. Clearly, the teachings of the Church call for some kind of combination of what the two parties offer, but not the total agenda of either one. The problem is, so long as these two parties are opposed to each other, virtually no part of either agenda is ever going to be enacted.

If Evangelical leaders want to create a successful third party, without harming the Pro-Life movement, then they're going to have to sit down with the Catholics and put together something similar to the "Christian Democratic Union" in Germany. It would have to be a Center-Right party, that is staunchly Pro-Life and against Gay-Marriage. Because of our American heritage though, it would have to favor gun-rights and oppose gun-control. However, at the same time, it would also have to champion such things as universal healthcare, school choice and greater option for higher learning. It would have to adopt a tax policy like the Fair Tax, which progressively taxes the rich based solely on spending habits, and simultaneously gives option to the poor via tax rebates. In essence, the agenda of this third party would have to focus on the human dignity of each and every person. In other words, it would have to be based on the Pro-Life ethic par excellence. Everything from social matters to fiscal matters would have to be centered on human life and dignity.

Any attempt at a third-party outside of this model will be destined for failure, having disastrous effects on both the country and the Pro-Life movement. A Pro-Life third party would have to be attractive to some Liberal Democrats, as well as some Conservative Republicans. Only a socially-conservative and fiscally-progressive approach would accomplish that.... See a Proposal for a 'Christian Democratic Union USA'

Catholics Can't Support Pro-Choice Candidates

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: You can't be Catholic and 'Pro-Choice.' The whole 'Pro-Choice' argument is a misnomer anyway, because most women who have abortions feel like they have no choice. Catholicism demands that every human life is precious and must be protected. Voting for a candidate that says abortion is "okay" is like voting for a candidate that says terrorism is "okay." There really is no moral difference when one understands the teachings of the Catholic Church. So-called "Pro-Choice" Catholics are an oxymoron. It's like calling yourself a "Pro-Terrorism Pacifist." The only "choice" these Catholics are making is the choice between Catholicism and apostasy. Choose the "right to abortion" and you've only chosen to flush your Catholicism down the toilet.
(CNSNews.com) - A statement by the Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas, criticizing Hillary Clinton's speech and rally on a Catholic college campus because of her pro-abortion stance is being cheered by some Catholics and dismissed by others.

In a Feb. 12 statement about Clinton's campaign stop at St. Mary's University, Archbishop Jose Gomez, said: "The Catholic bishops of the United States, in their 2004 document Catholics in Political Life, affirmed that when dealing with political candidates and public office holders, 'The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.'"

"Our Catholic institutions must promote the clear understanding of our deep moral convictions on an issue like abortion, an act that the church calls 'an unspeakable crime' and a non-negotiable issue," Gomez said...

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Catholics cannot support 'Pro-Choice' candidates. So that means no Catholic can support Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama and still remain a good Catholic. Simultaneously, no Catholic need support John McCain in this election either. Granted he is the "lesser of three evils" because he opposes abortion-on-demand, but he still permits abortion in some cases, and favors fetal stem-cell research. That means he's not really Pro-Life in spite of his rhetoric. So what it really comes down to in this election is this. A "good Catholic" really can't support any of the frontrunner candidates. It might be permissible to support John McCain, but only by a very narrow margin, and only because the Democrat alternatives are so bad on this issue. Still, if one supports John McCain, one is throwing a vote in favor of abortion in some circumstances, and in favor of fetal stem-cell research. The fact is, "good Catholics" are disenfranchised in this election. They only candidates we can support have very little chance of winning. So what's the American message to Catholics this election season? It's simple. The American message to Catholics this election season is that the only "good Catholic" is a bad Catholic, meaning one who doesn't really follow the moral teachings of the Church.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Religious Right Is Dead - Enter The New Christian Democracy

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Deacon Keith Fournier has written an excellent article explaining the demise of the "religious right" which helps to explain the current crisis the Republican Party finds itself in this election year. The problem faced by the GOP is infinitesimal compared to the greater problem faced by Christians commonly identified as "social-conservatives" or the "religious right." I highly recommend this article. The lessons I glean from it are as followers...
  1. Christian voters should seek to identify themselves outside of any political party, or any broader politically based movement, such as "conservatism."
  2. Christian voters should be skeptical (even distrustful) of political parties, and their tendency to co-opt Christian voters by couching their party agendas in religious terms. 
  3. Christian voters need to go back to their core values to define who we are, and what we're about.
Deacon Keith Fournier suggested four core pillars upon which a truly Christian social-political movement can be built, outside of any traditional partisan (Republican or Democrat) identity...
  1. The Dignity of Life
  2. The Primacy of the Family
  3. Authentic Human Freedom
  4.  Solidarity with the Poor
Contrary to common belief, Christian voters can hold authentic good-faith positions, on either side of issues commonly associated with one political party or another.  We can do this without compromising the tenets of the Gospel. For example, the following are some issues Christians fall on either side of in good-faith, and in keeping with the teachings of Christianity...
  • Gun Control
  • Universal Healthcare
  • Taxation (higher, lower, method, means, system, etc.)
  • Illegal Immigration
  • etc.
The article explains the rest in more detail. I do hope you will click through to read the whole thing, and perhaps we can use this blog as a forum to discuss Deacon Keith Fournier's ideas more in depth. I invite your comments below.

read the article here

Monday, February 11, 2008

Huckabee To Catholics: I'm In It To Win For The Culture Of Life

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee sent a message to Catholic voters on Saturday....
(Catholic Online) - "I am going to remain in this race until someone gets a majority of delegates at the Convention... I am resolute... about the Pro-Life planks of the Platform ...and a Marriage Amendment."
read full story here

Governor Huckabee, a former baptist minister, is by far the most "Catholic" candidate in this presidential race, agreeing with all three points of Pope Benedict's Non-Negotable Truths for voting Catholics. Huckabee's tax plan also addresses other Catholic social doctrines, including option for the poor. Political pundits have repeatedly stated that a Huckabee nomination is "impossible" now with John McCain so far ahead in the delegate count. The following video addresses the absurdity of that claim...

Friday, February 8, 2008

Delegate Count - It's Not Over!


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Even though the mainstream media has already crowned McCain the winner of the GOP nomination, Huckabee still stands a good chance of stealing the prize! The following is some important information, just in case you didn't know...
1) According to RealClearPolitics McCain has 720 delegates & still needs 471 to win.
That means he has to get 44% of the remaining delegates to secure 1191.

2) So Huckabee needs to win 57% of the remaining delegates to force this to a Brokered Convention.

3) On Super Tuesday McCain got 42% of the vote in Blue States and only 26% in Red States. Over 60% of McCain’s delegates have come from Blue States. Do we really want our candidate picked by States that we have very little chance of winning in the Fall?

4) Remaining delegates: Red States = 711 [ 70.5% ], Blue States = 297 [ 29.5% ]

RED States Left:
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47 Louisiana
39 Kansas
63 Virginia
140 Texas
88 Ohio
39 Mississippi
69 North Carolina
57 Indiana
33 Nebraska
45 Kentucky
32 Idaho
32 New Mexico
27 South Dakota

5) Every time Republicans have gone to a Brokered Convention we have won!

Abraham Lincoln – 3rd Ballot - Won Presidency
Rutherford Hayes – 7th Ballot - Won Presidency
James Garfield - 36th Ballot - Won Presidency
Warning Harding – 10th Ballot – Won Presidency

6) Conservatives Unite! There is still time! Win the Red States and we go to the convention for a discussion about what it means to be a republican.

Hope this brings encouragement and hope. It is not over!

source

Here's The Math...

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Dr. James Dobson Endorses Mike Huckabee for President

(The Christian Post) - Mitt Romney’s pullout from the presidential race have many curious if the party’s right wing will coalesce behind Mike Huckabee, who touts himself as the “authentic conservative” in what he calls a now two-man race for the GOP nomination.

Nearly immediately after Romney’s withdrawal, Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family released a statement announcing his endorsement, as an individual, of Huckabee.

“I am endorsing Gov. Mike Huckabee for President of the United States today,” the influential, evangelical leader declared Thursday night. “My decision comes in the wake of my statement on Super Tuesday that I could not vote for Sen. John McCain, even if he goes on to win the Republican nomination.”

Dobson had lamented that McCain appeared close to winning the Republican nomination after his big wins in the Super Tuesday contests. He lambasted the Arizona senator for what he deemed as anti-family and anti-conservative stances.

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This is a MAJOR endorsement, and will probably turn the tide of the election. The media has all but proclaimed McCain the winner of the GOP nomination, but they're in for a very BIG surprise. This endorsement is going to energize the Evangelical base of the Republican Party, and the surge Huckabee is about to receive will be like a tidal wave.

Practicing Catholics will also find Dobson's endorsement attractive, as Dobson's organization "Focus On The Family" has endeavored to help all Christians (Catholic & Protestant) with family and social issues.

In November of 2000, James Dobson and Charles Colson participated in a conference in Rome hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Family and by the Acton Institute, a Catholic organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The two also met with Pope John Paul II. The Colorado Springs Gazette (Dec. 9, 2000) noted that the personal meeting between the pope, Colson and Dobson was a “special moment” because Evangelicals and Catholics have disagreed with one another for centuries concerning the role and infallibility of the pope. One conference participant, Robert Sirico, a Catholic priest and president of the Acton Institute, said that Vatican officials “could not recall a similar meeting involving such high-level evangelical Protestants taking place at the Vatican.” According to the Gazette, the Catholic News Service reported that Dobson praised the Catholic church for its efforts to protect the family and said that while he has some theological differences with the Roman Catholic Church, he often agrees more with the Roman Catholic Church than with other Evangelicals on issues such as abortion, premarital sex and homosexuality (Foundation magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2001).

ALERT: Britain Surrenders To Islam !

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: England's spiritual head, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has conceded to the inevitability of Islamic Law in Britain. For nearly a generation now, the liberal attitudes and policies of the British Isles have sentenced the Christian population of the nation to death by birthrate. Artificial contraception, combined with abortion on demand, and the abandonment of Christian sexual morality, has resulted in a decreasing native population. As a result, Great Britain has been forced to import as many foreign immigrants as possible to provide enough wage earners for taxation purposes. This keeps their social security and universal healthcare system afloat. However, the only people who want to immigrate to Britain are the same people who want to immigrate to France, Germany, and the rest of Northern Europe. They are African and Middle Eastern Muslims, many of whom reproduce at over five-times the birthrate of the native English population. You do the math. A Muslim takeover of the British Isles is virtually irreversible now. Islamic law will soon follow. The head of England's 50 million Anglicans now attempts to prepare his flock for the inevitable...
(ThisIsLondon) - The Archbishop of Canterbury has today said that the adoption of Islamic Sharia law in the UK is "unavoidable" and that it would help maintain social cohesion.

Rowan Williams told BBC Radio 4's World At One that the UK has to "face up to the fact" that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.

He says that Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court. He added Muslims should not have to choose between "the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty".

Dr Williams said there was a place for finding a "constructive accommodation" in areas such as marriage - allowing Muslim women to avoid Western divorce proceedings.

Other religions enjoyed such tolerance of their own laws, he pointed out, but stressed that it could never be allowed to take precedence over an individual's rights as a citizen.

He said it would also require a change in perception of what Sharia involved beyond the "inhumanity" of extreme punishments and attitudes to women seen in some Islamic states...

read full story here

The Catholic Knight Featured On CNN Website

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Making national news once again, The Catholic Knight was briefly cited on the blogroll of CNN's politics website. (link is here - may not be active long) About a year ago, The Catholic Knight was featured on MSNBC's blogroll.

A Second Chance?

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  Early reports indicate that Mitt Romney will soon pull out of the race (perhaps today).  With his withdraw, will he endorse Huckabee over McCain, and if so, are there still enough delegates left for Huckabee to win the nomination?

Rush Limbaugh Pushes McCain-Huckabee Ticket

(ABC News) - "For all intents and purposes, McCain is the Republican nominee," a defeated Limbaugh said on his radio show today. Limbaugh suggested McCain will march Republicans to defeat in November unless he picks former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, who did well among Christian evangelicals last night, as his running mate.

"Here's the thing about McCain: he can't win conservatives in the South by virtue of this primary yesterday," Limbaugh said. "These blue states that McCain won last night are places where he has no chance in November."

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Rush Limbaugh, arguably one of the smarter conservative radio talk-show hosts, has conceded defeat of the traditional conservative cause for the 2008 election. Though he has not conceded defeat of traditional conservatism in general.

This unfortunate event is the result of the right self-destructing over the last week. In what can only be described as a right-wing meltdown, conservative radio talk-show hosts took to the airwaves last week, endorsing Mitt Romney for president, while simultaneously assailing McCain and Huckabee. Their attack of McCain was understandable, as the Senator from Arizona has worked against conservative causes many times in the past. However, their attack on Huckabee was strategic in nature. While Huckabee, the former governor from Arkansas, may not meet the ideals of traditional conservatism on every issue, he is however favored in the South and Midwest, mainly for his strong Pro-Life and Pro-Family record. This is a feature not shared by his rival Mitt Romney, the former governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts, who's "Pro-Life" views really amount to a passive "Pro-Choice" stand, and whom some accuse of working with the courts to establish gay-marriage in the state. Romney was the favorite of radio talk-show hosts because of his conservative record on fiscal matters. Pro-Life advocates, (including 'The Catholic Knight' blog), warned that compromise on the Pro-Life issue would result in disaster for the GOP, and that Romney could not gain enough support in traditional Southern states to win the Republican nomination. Huckabee was sighted as the only Republican candidate favored to win in the South. In the end, Pro-Life advocates (including yours truly) were vindicated, but at the cost of the 2008 election. Mike Huckabee handily won the Bible Belt as predicted, performing extremely well in the only states he did not win - South Carolina and Missouri - loosing by a very narrow margin to John McCain. The McCain victory in Missouri and South Carolina was extremely uncharacteristic of these traditionally conservative states, and they serve as a microcosm of what has happened in the Republican primaries. The conservative vote in the GOP has been split. While conservatives normally control the direction of the Republican party, in this election, fiscal conservatives have favored Mitt Romney, who has also been endorsed by conservative talk-radio show hosts nationwide. Social conservatives on the other hand, have favored Mike Huckabee, who's Pro-Life and Pro-Family record have made him a guaranteed win in the Midwestern and Southern states. For the last couple weeks, conservative talk-radio hosts have echoed the claims of the Romney campaign that Huckabee is "stealing votes that rightfully belong to Mitt Romney." Super Tuesday however, told a different story. As Romney placed third in all the Southern and Midwestern states, it became apparent that it was Romney who was "stealing votes" from Huckabee and not the other way around.

Now that Super Tuesday is past, the 2008 election has been spoiled for the conservative cause. With the conservative vote split, the centrist wing of the Republican Party has handily placed John McCain in the lead for a GOP nomination. Rush Limbaugh, the most prominent host on conservative talk-radio, has recognized the inevitability of a McCain nomination, and the demise of the conservative cause for this election. Regardless of which party wins the Whitehouse in November, one thing is sure. We will have a Liberal president.

The election has now been reduced to a vote between the lesser of two evils. The best conservatives can now hope for is to stop Hillary or Obama from gaining the presidency. The compromise of Pro-Life principles by the fiscal conservatives, and conservative talk-radio, by the endorsement of Mitt Romney, has resulted in all conservatives losing their cause in this November's election. Traditional conservatism will not be represented by either mainstream party on the ballot. We could say that the endorsement of Mitt Romney has created a self-fulfilling prophecy for fiscal-conservatives and conservative talk radio.

Now all we have left is the hope for a McCain-Huckabee ticket, and the prayer that Huckabee will somehow be able to moderate the McCain tendencies to move toward the Left. Only by uniting behind this less than desirable ticket, can the right hope to stop Hillary (or Obama) in November. Will they be able to do it? Only God knows the answer to that now.

Addendum (2/9/2008):
It isn't over until it's over, and don't count Huckabee out just yet. He doesn't need to win the majority of delegates to get the nomination. All he needs to do is prevent McCain from winning the magic number needed (1191) to secure an automatic nomination at the GOP convention. If no candidate reaches that number, the GOP goes into a brokered convention, and in that kind of scenario, Mike Huckabee stands a good chance of actually winning the nomination regardless of the delegate count. Since Romney's withdraw from the race, Dr. James Dobson's endorsement of Huckabee, and today's wins for Huckabee in Kansas and Louisiana, it looks like all bets are off for McCain. It looks like in Mike Huckabee's candidacy, conservatives will make their last stand before the GOP convention. Prepare for a revolt on the right!

Like Apostolic Times - Some Jewish Leaders Will Never Be Satisfied

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: On Monday, February 4th 2008, Pope Benedict XVI responded to concerns of some Jewish rabbis regarding the language of the Good Friday prayers for the Jews in the old Tridentine missal. Some might argue he would have been better off if he just left it alone, but nevertheless, it is within his papal powers to make such changes at his discretion. In an attempt to show good will to the those concerned about the older prayers, and still maintain the overall essence of what the prayer is all about, Pope Benedict XVI made the following change....

One unofficial translation (only the Latin text is to be considered official):
Let us pray, and also for the Jews.

May our God and Lord enlighten their hearts, so that they may acknowledge Jesus Christ, saviour of all men.
Let us pray.
Let us kneel.
Arise.

Almighty and everlasting God, who desirest that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of truth, mercifully grant that, as the fullness of the Gentiles enters into Thy Church, all Israel may be saved. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

The pope effectively removed such language as "may the Lord God remove the veil from their hearts" and "the blindness of that people" and may they be "rescued from their darkness." Though he did not change the premise of the prayer, which is to pray for their general conversion. The prayer is sandwiched between similar prayers for heretics, schismatics and pagan unbelievers. It has always been the tradition of the Church to pray for this since the most ancient times. While most Jewish leaders find the prayer offensive, some non-dissenting rabbis have pointed out that the prayer is not offensive to them at all, and that Jews have historically had a similar prayers. One prayer observant Jews must pray regularly is:
Baruch atah Hashem Elokenu melech haolam, shelo asani goy … Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who did not make me a Gentile.

The prayer is from a Tana’itic source and it is in Rabbinic rather than Biblical Hebrew. "Goy" means an individual Gentile. What is the context of this prayer for an observant Jewish man?
Siman 46:4: A person must say the Blessings shelo asani goy (Who did not make me a non-Jew), shelo asani aved (Who did not make me a slave), and shelo asani isha (Who did not make me a woman) every day.

The point here is that Christianity and Judaism have a historic context in which these prayers came about. They help define what these great religion are, and help distinguish them from each other. The pope's decision to remove certain elements of the Good Friday prayer for the Jews was an act of charity. He was simply trying to eliminate any language that might be twisted, or construed, as demeaning to the Jewish people. But he left the historic tradition and context of the prayer untouched. It was, in my opinion, one of the most perfect acts of authentic ecumenism I've seen in recent times. What was the public response of prominent Jewish leaders? OUTRAGE! I'm sure most Jews don't feel this way, but when we look at the history of the apostolic times, this has always been the case. The message of Christianity has always been far less offensive to the average Jewish population than to the most vocal elements of Jewish leaders. Here we are some 2000 years later, and some things haven't changed at all....
(Corriere della Sera) - Italian Rabbinical Assembly: "Pause for reflection in the dialogue" with Catholics

The opinion on the change of the Good Friday prayer: "An abandonment of the very conditions for dialogue"

ROME - And now, a rupture. The Italian Rabbinical Asseembly considers necessary a "pause for reflection in the dialogue" with Catholics after the modification of the Good Friday prayer for the Jews.

And it underlines that the modification decided by Pope Ratzinger is "an abandonment of the very conditions for dialogue". The Assembly states so in a note signed by its president, Rabbi Giuseppe Laras.

read story here (italian)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Super Tuesday - Get Out And Vote!


Romney Responsible for Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts

(WorldNetDaily.com) - Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes may not get invited to the televised debates but that doesn't mean he's going stay out of the fray or not attack his opponents when he believes they've abandoned his party's values – particularly on the issue of same-sex marriage.

On his campaign website this week, Keyes blasted former Gov. Mitt Romney for being "single-handedly responsible for instituting same-sex marriage in Massachusetts" for the way he responded to a state court ruling in 2003.

"Most people are unaware of the way Massachusetts came to adopt same-sex marriage," the former Reagan administration diplomat said. "They think the state's Supreme Judicial Court forced it to happen. That's incorrect."

"The court merely issued an opinion stating that, in its view, the existing marriage law was unconstitutional because it failed to allow persons of the same sex to marry," Keyes said. "The court then gave the legislature 180 days to 'take such action as it may deem appropriate in light of this opinion' – implicitly telling lawmakers to come up with a new marriage statute."

Noting that the legislature did not act within the court-imposed 180-day window, refusing to let the judiciary infringe on its law-making powers, Keyes said the only reason same-sex marriage became the law was because of Romney's actions.

"Mitt Romney pushed through same-sex marriage all by himself, in the absence of any authority or requirement to do so, having a complete misunderstanding of his role as governor and of the significance of the court's opinion," said Keyes.

"The court never ordered him to act, nor did he have the right to act, since the legislature never changed the law. Romney claimed he had no other choice, but that's completely untrue."...

read full story here

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Full Circle - Evangelicals Go Monastic

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In recent years the Catholic Church has seen a sharp spike in the number Evangelical converts. 'The Catholic Knight' was part of that trend, having entered the Church just eight years ago this Easter. Many of these converts are made by their own choice, without having married into the Church via a Catholic spouse. But the Catholic Church isn't the only ancient form of Christianity seeing a rise in Evangelical converts. Eastern Orthodoxy has also seen a sharp rise in the number of Evangelical pilgrims seeking reconciliation with their ancient Christian roots. As Catholic and Orthodox Christianity benefit from this Evangelical awakening, the trend doesn't stop there. Within Evangelicalism itself the seeds of a new movement (actually a very old movement) are starting to take root.  Believe it or not, some Evangelicals are beginning to find the missing link in their spiritual development by embracing a form of Benedictine Monasticism...
(The Boston Globe) - The image of the Catholic monk - devoted to a cloistered life of fasting and prayer, his tonsured scalp hidden by a woolen cowl - has long provoked the disdain of Protestants. Their theological forefathers denounced the monastic life: True Christians, the 16th-century Reformers said, lived wholly in the world, spent their time reading the Bible rather than chanting in Latin, and accepted that God saved them by his grace alone, not as reward for prayers, fasting, or good works. Martin Luther called monks and wandering friars "lice placed by the devil on God Almighty's fur coat." Of all Protestants, American evangelicals in particular - activist, family-oriented, and far more concerned with evangelism than solitary study or meditative prayer - have historically viewed monks as an alien species, and a vaguely demonic one at that.

Yet some evangelicals are starting to wonder if Luther's judgment was too hasty. There is now a growing movement to revive evangelicalism by reclaiming parts of Roman Catholic tradition - including monasticism. Some 100 groups that describe themselves as both evangelical and monastic have sprung up in North America, according to Rutba House's Wilson-Hartgrove. Many have appeared within the past five years. Increasing numbers of evangelical congregations have struck up friendships with Catholic monasteries, sending church members to join the monks for spiritual retreats. St. John's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Minnesota, now makes a point of including interested evangelicals in its summer Monastic Institute.

"I grew up in a tradition that believes Catholics are pagans," said Roberts, who was raised Southern Baptist and serves as a pastor in a Baptist church. "I never really understood that. Now I'd argue against that wholeheartedly."

In an era in which televangelists and megachurches dominate the face of American evangelicalism, offering a version of Christianity inflected by populist aesthetics and the gospel of prosperity, the rise of the New Monastics suggests that mainstream worship is leaving some people cold. Already, they are transforming evangelical religious life in surprising ways. They are post-Protestants, breaking old liturgical and theological taboos by borrowing liberally from Catholic traditions of monastic prayer, looking to St. Francis instead of Jerry Falwell for their social values, and stocking their bookshelves with the writings of medieval mystics rather than the latest from televangelist Joel Osteen....

read full story here

Friday, February 1, 2008

Dr. James Dobson Won't Vote For McCain

UPDATE 8/30/2008: Dobson changes his position on John McCain; says he will vote for him because of Sarah Palin...
(NewsMax) - Call it the Palin effect -- John McCain's choice of Alaska's governor Sarah Palin has motivated many conservatives previously reluctant to support his candidacy to surrender their enthusiastic support.

Notably among them is Dr. James Dobson, the very influential conservative leader, who heads the nationwide Focus on the Family organization. Dr. Dobson, who has flatly declared that he would not vote for McCain now says he will, and attributes his change of mind to the senator's choice of solidly conservative pro-life Gov. Palin to be his running mate.

Earlier this year, Dr. Dobson had announced on the nationally syndicated “The Dennis Prager Show” that he “cannot and will not vote for Senator John McCain.” Friday on Prager's Show, he changed course and announced his enthusiastic support of McCain on the heels of the announcement by McCain of Palin as his vice presidential running mate.

Speaking with Prager, Dr. Dobson said he now feels the same excitement he felt when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated.

"That was one of the most exciting days of my life, because everything that we had hoped for and been working for had come to pass," he told Prager. "I feel very much that way today. Maybe that’s an overstatement. Maybe time won’t validate it, but this is a very exciting and encouraging day for conservatives and pro-family activists. I am just very, very pleased."

Noting that he has become very concerned about the prospects of the very liberal Barack Obama winning the presidency, he told Prager, "So I’ve been moving in John McCain’s direction...

read full story here

Original story below....

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Here we have the reason why Senator John McCain CANNOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES beat Hillary Clinton or Barack Hussein Obama. He won't get the support of the Religious Right. Evangelicals have a tremendous amount of respect for Dr. James Dobson, and a lot of practicing Catholics like him too. When he says he's NOT going to vote for somebody - people listen. If John McCain can't get Dobson's endorsement, or he can't even get him to stop saying he won't vote for him, then it's over for McCain before it even begins. If Dobson won't vote for McCain, than neither will most Evangelicals, and you could say that about a lot of practicing Catholics too. Without that social-conservative voting block, the election is over, because there is no way the Republican candidate can win without it....
(Newsmax.com) - While John McCain has risen to the top of the heap among contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson remains adamant that he will not support McCain’s bid for the White House.

Dobson, one of the nation’s most influential evangelical Christians, declared more than a year ago that he wouldn't support McCain under any circumstances, saying McCain didn't support traditional marriage values.

A Dobson spokesman told the New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick Wednesday that he stood by that position, and as a matter of conscience could never vote for the Arizona Senator....

read full story here
This goes back to what I've been saying on this blog all along. If you settle for a concession candidate (like McCain or Romney) on the Republican side, you'll end up with a Democrat in the Whitehouse this November. If the Republicans want the social-conservative vote this November, (and they can't win without it), than they're going to have to nominate a candidate social-conservatives can get excited about. That requires a candidate with a solid Pro-Life record, and neither McCain nor Romney fit the bill. McCain has a mixed record on abortion and favors embryonic stem-cell research. Romney says he's Pro-Life, but has a 100% Pro-Abortion record from Massachusetts, and says he favors letting states keep abortion legal if they want to. Only one viable candidate on the Republican side remains, who has a solid Pro-Life record, and that's Mike Huckabee. This is it folks. It's either going to be Hillary or Huckabee in the Whitehouse this November. It's one or the other. If Republicans put up a concession candidate (like McCain or Romney) they'll lose the election for sure.

The moral to this story is this. STICK BY YOUR GUNS! Stand up for what you believe in, and if you're going to fail, then fail with your integrity intact. Go down fighting for what you believe in, and never ever settle for second best. If Republicans put the Pro-Life issue on the back-burner, by nominating McCain or Romney, they will only lose everything in the end.