10 May 2009

Dr. Alan Keyes

"I am going back on campus to prayerfully bear witness. Come, join me, let us trespass together so that in our trespasses we might find ourselves fully in obedience to the will of God." ~ Dr. Alan Keyes

01 April 2009

Catholic Church prepares for tens of thousands of U.S. converts

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2009 / 04:09 am (CNA).- Tens of thousands of new Catholics are expected to join the Catholic Church in the U.S. in 2009, with many doing so at the Easter Vigil liturgies on April 11. Converts to Catholicism are known as catechumens if they have never been baptized and as candidates if they have received baptism in another Christian community and now seek full communion with the Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta, where Catholics have traditionally been a minority, estimates that 513 catechumens and 2,195 candidates will enter the Catholic Church in 2009, about 1,800 doing so at Easter. The figures do not include infant baptisms.

Father Theodore Book, director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Atlanta Archdiocese, said the archdiocese has been “blessed with an authentic dynamism” during recent years. He cited the archdiocese’s annual Eucharistic Congress, saying it draws nearly 30,000 participants.

“One of the many blessings that we have received from the Lord is the large number of individuals entering the Church,” he said.

The Archdiocese of Seattle will reportedly welcome 736 catechumens and 506 candidates, while the Diocese of San Diego will baptize 305 and receive into communion 920 other baptized Christians.

The mostly rural Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama reportedly will have 445 new converts. The diocese’s Cathedral of St. Paul could not hold them and their families for the Rite of Election, which had to be held in three separate ceremonies.

At St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, California resident Heidi Sierras will represent North America at the Easter Vigil, where she will be baptized by Pope Benedict XVI.

The 2008 Official Catholic Directory listed 49,415 adult baptisms and 87,363 people received into full communion in 2007.

21 February 2009

GOP Leaders Boehner & McCotter Thank Cardinal Rigali for Letter to Congress on Protecting the Unborn

PRESS RELEASE

Republicans Accept Pope Benedict XVI’s Call to “Proclaim the Gift of Life, to Serve Life, and Promote a Culture of Life”

Washington, Feb 17 - House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) today sent a letter to Cardinal Justin Rigali of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops thanking him for a Feb. 5 letter the Cardinal sent to all Members of Congress urging legislators to fight to protect the sanctity of unborn human life.

“We stand with you in the defense of all human life,” Boehner and McCotter wrote in their letter. “[W]e are committed to working with our pro-life colleagues on both sides of the aisle to proactively defeat efforts to enact the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) or any similar measure. We are similarly committed to working to retain, and not weaken, laws that prohibit using federal funds for the purpose of promoting or funding promotion of abortion.”

“We will, as Pope Benedict XVI exhorted during his apostolic visit to the United States last year, ‘proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and promote a culture of life,’” the GOP legislators wrote.

NOTE: Cardinal Rigali is chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. A copy of the Boehner-McCotter letter is available here; the text of the letter follows:

February 17, 2009

His Eminence Justin Francis Rigali
Chairman, Committee for Pro-Life Activities
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017-1194

Your Eminence:

As members of the House Republican leadership, we would like to thank you for the February 5, 2009 letter you sent to each Member of Congress. We stand with you in the defense of all human life and look forward to working with you during the 111th Congress.

Despite the limitations of being in the minority, we are committed to working with our pro-life colleagues on both sides of the aisle to proactively defeat efforts to enact the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) or any similar measure. We are similarly committed to working to retain, and not weaken, laws that prohibit using federal funds for the purpose of promoting or funding promotion of abortion, particularly those you cite: the Hyde Amendment, the Dickey/Wicker Amendment, the Hyde/Weldon Conscience Protection Amendment and the Kemp-Kasten Amendment.

In a recent Los Angeles Times article, it was suggested that the Democratic majority is taking a “go-slow” approach on “abortion-rights” legislation. We know their desire is to codify Roe v. Wade, and we will not be caught off-guard by attempts to achieve this goal, whether directly or incrementally. We will, as Pope Benedict XVI exhorted during his apostolic visit to the United States last year, “proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and promote a culture of life.”

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can ever be of assistance to you.

Respectfully,

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
House Republican Leader

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)
Chairman
House Republican Policy Committee

18 January 2009

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02 December 2008

Is Obama Constitutionally Qualified to be President?

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

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21 November 2008

St. Thérèse Relic Makes Space Flight


NEW CANEY, Texas, NOV. 20, 2008 (Zenit.org).- St. Thérèse wrote that she wanted to be a missionary on every continent simultaneously and reach the most remote islands -- now her dream has extended to space flight.

The Carmelite community of New Caney, Texas, enjoys the friendship of Colonel Ron Garan, who was on the May 31-June 14 Discovery shuttle mission.

Before heading into space, Garan had called the women religious to request their prayer for the voyage, and he told them he could take some small item into space on behalf of the community.

The sisters reported that the words of St. Thérèse came to mind: "I have the vocation of an apostle. I would like to travel over the whole earth to preach your name and to plant your glorious cross on infidel soil. But oh, my beloved, one mission would not be enough for me, I would want to preach the Gospel on all five continents simultaneously and even to the most remote isles. I would be a missionary, not for a few years but from the beginning of creation until the consummation of the ages."

The Carmelites gave the astronaut a relic of St. Thérèse for his flight.

Now, they report, she has traveled 5,735,643 miles around the earth for 14 days at 17,057 miles an hour. Meanwhile, the sisters commended the world to her intercession.

"Catholics weep over Barack Obama's words..."

Rome, November 20 (CNA).-CNA has exclusively obtained the full-text of Cardinal James Francis Stanford's lecture delivered at the Catholic University of America last week in which the prelate examined President-elect Obama's loyalty to pro-abortion organizations and described his promises as cause for Catholics to weep tears of betrayal.

The full text of this lecture titled, "Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II: Being True in Body and Soul," can be found in our Documents section or at the link: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/document.php?n=780

Commenting on the results of the recent presidential election, Cardinal Stafford said in his speech that on Election Day "America suffered a cultural earthquake." He went on to note that though Obama and Senator Joe Biden clearly stated their "anti-life agenda" prior to the election, Americans were too excited at the prospect of electing a Black President. Now that he has been chosen, the cardinal predicted, "I foresee the next several years as being among the most divisive in our nation's history."

Cardinal Stafford went on to recall Obama's promises regarding abortion issues. He mentioned July 17, 2007 when the Senator told supporters from Planned Parenthood that "We are not only going to win this election but also we are going to transform this nation...The first thing I will do as President is to sign The Freedom of Choice Act…I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional Law...On this issue I will not yield."

"Catholics weep over Barack Obama's words," the cardinal lamented. "We weep over the violence concealed behind his rhetoric and that of Joseph Biden and what appears to be that of the majority of the incoming Congress."

The cardinal's address was hosted by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington D.C.

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07 November 2008

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Catholic News Agency

Young New Yorker leaves police force to become priest

New York, Nov 6, 2008 / 01:34 pm (CNA).- At the age of 25, Nicolas Fernandez had all of the qualities needed to be a great policeman and his future in the force looked promising. However, during his daily work he discovered he needed different weapons to help the “troubled souls” he encountered, so he decided to become a priest.

Born on Staten Island of an Irish mother and a Spanish father, Fernandez has begun his six year-long formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. He had been serving as a police officer for two years when, inspired by the teachings of John Paul II and the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to New York, he decided to change careers and become a priest.

According to El Nuevo Diario, the young seminarian recalls that when he was a policeman, people went to him with their problems because of the uniform he wore. “Now, they will do so because I’ll be wearing a priest’s cassock,” he said.

Fernandez was a patrolman in Brooklyn and his partner always said he could easily rise to the rank of lieutenant. “But that was the last thing I wanted,” he said.

“My choice for the priesthood was influenced by the discourses and speeches of John Paul II on the culture of death, which includes thousands of murders, suicides, homicides and national situations in which children are being abandoned or are victims of abuse in their homes because of drugs,” Fernandez said.

“For these turbulent souls, I never had an external solution as a policeman. There has to be an interior change, a change of heart and therefore, being a priest is necessary,” he added.

06 November 2008

05 November 2008

A Grave Mistake and an Abiding Hope

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Americans have made a grave mistake in electing Barack Obama to the presidency. Yet America herself remains great and is not a mistake, which is why so many of her citizens will continue, with even greater energy and determination, to defend her founding principles.

The man elected to the Presidency said during the campaign that he does not know when a human being starts to have human rights. How can one govern from that starting point of ignorance? Governing is about protecting human rights; to do it successfully, you have to know where they come from, and when they begin.

The President-elect has already failed that test miserably.

The American people do not share Barack Obama’s extreme and offensive views on abortion. They never have and they never will. The coming four years will see a widening gap between the people and their President on this fundamental issue. As Americans come to know how extreme his position is, the intensity of the struggle to protect these children will only increase.

The pro-life movement has made significant gains in the courts and in the law in these last eight years. For the next four, the movement will work to prevent the erosion of that progress.

It would be a serious mistake for people to think that this election means the pro-life movement has no political power. All politics is local. Political power is about people. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was once told that given the political realities, civil rights legislation would be impossible to pass. “We’ll just have to see about that,” he replied. And the civil rights movement was born, stirring the hearts of the people to lead the nation to the victory of justice.

So it is with our movement. The vast majority of Americans are pro-life. They will fight abortion on the local level, opening pregnancy centers and closing abortion mills, activating their Churches and educating their children, proclaiming the message in the media and demonstrating in the streets. The pro-life movement is winning this battle in the hearts and minds of the American people, as opinion polls show and as the shrinking number of abortion mills and abortion providers prove.

Political races are always a swinging of the pendulum. As soon as you win, you begin to lose, and as soon as you lose, you begin the ascent again to winning. In the next two election cycles (2010 and 2012) the pro-life movement will make up for political ground lost in this one.

It is all right to be disappointed at the end of an election season, but one must never walk away. Amidst disappointment is abiding hope in America, where everything remains possible, and where a new chapter of the pro-life movement has just begun. The efforts that were made, and the sacrifices endured in this election season made a difference, and we will build on that difference to see another day when the work and the ballots of pro-life people will dismantle the Culture of Death. We will keep marching toward that pro-life America we seek, and won’t stop until we get there.

25 October 2008

Why do Catholics go to confession?

THE LORD ESTABLISHED THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:21-23).

“Reconciliation or “confession” is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in His love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offenses committed against God. At the same time, sinners reconcile with the Church, because it also is wounded by our sins. We know this sacrament by various names: the Sacrament of Penance, Confession, or Reconciliation.



The Early Church Fathers on
Confession/Reconciliation


The Early Church Fathers taught that Christ passed on His authority to forgive sins to His priests.

The Didache

Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of life. . . , On the Lord's Day gather together, break bread, and give thanks, after confessing your transgressions so that your sacrifice may be pure (Didache 4:14,14:1 [A.D.70]).

The Letter of Barnabas

You shall judge righteously. You shall not make a schism, but you shall pacify those that contend by bringing them together. You shall confess your sins. You shall not go to prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of light (Letter of Barnabas 19 [A.D. 74]).

Ignatius of Antioch

For as many as are of God and of Jesus Christ are also with the bishop. And as many as shall, in the exercise of penance, return into the unity of the Church, these, too, shall belong to God, that they may live according to Jesus Christ (Letter to the Philadelphians 3 [A.D. 110]).

For where there is division and wrath, God does not dwell. To all them that repent, the Lord grants forgiveness, if they turn in penitence to the unity of God, and to communion with the bishop (ibid. 8).

Irenaeus

[The Gnostic disciples of Marcus] have deluded many women. . . Their consciences have been branded as with a hot iron. Some of these women make a public confession, but others are ashamed to do this, and in silence, as if withdrawing from themselves the hope of life of God, they either apostatize entirely or hesitate between two courses (Against Heresies 1:22 [A.D. 189]).

Tertullian

[Regarding confession, some] flee from this work as being an exposure of themselves, or they put it off from day to day. I presume they are more mindful of modesty than of salvation, like those who contract a disease in the more shameful parts of the body and shun making themselves known to the physicians; and thus they perish along with their own bashfulness (Repentance 10:1 [A.D. 203]).

The Church has the power of forgiving sins. This I acknowledge and adjudge (ibid. 21).

Hippolytus

[The bishop conducting the ordination of the new bishop shall pray:] God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . . pour forth now that power which comes from you, from your Royal Spirit, which you gave to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and which he bestowed upon his holy apostles. . . and grant this your servant, whom you have chosen for the episcopate, [the power] to feed your holy flock and to serve without blame as your high priest, ministering night and day to propitiate unceasingly before your face and to offer to you the gifts of your holy Church, and by the Spirit of the high priesthood to have the authority to forgive sins, in accord with your command (Apostolic Tradition 3 [A.D. 215]).

Origen

[A filial method of forgiveness], albeit hard and laborious [is] the remission of sins through penance, when the sinner . . . does not shrink from declaring his sin to a priest of the Lord and from seeking medicine, after the manner of him who say, "I said, to the Lord, I will accuse myself of my iniquity" (Homilies in Leviticus 2:4 [A.D. 248]).

Cyprian

The Apostle [Paul] likewise bears witness and says: "Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord "[I Cor. 11:27]. But [the impenitent] spurn and despise all these warnings; before their sins are expiated, before they have made a confession of their crime, before their conscience has been purged in the ceremony and at: the hand of the priest . . . they do violence to his body and blood, and with their hands and mouth they sin against the Lord more than when they denied him (The Lapsed 15:1-3 (A.D. 251]).

Of how much greater faith and salutary fear are they who . . . confess their sins to the priests of God in a straightforward manner and in sorrow, making an open declaration of conscience. . . I beseech you, brethren; let everyone who has sinned confess his sin while he is still in this world, while his confession is still admissible, while the satisfaction and remission made through the priests are still pleasing before the Lord (ibid. 28).

Sinners may do penance For a set time, and according to the rules of discipline come to public confession, and by imposition of the hand of the bishop and clergy receive the right of Communion. [But now some] with their time [of penance] still unfulfilled . . . they are admitted to Communion, and their name is presented and while the penitence is not yet performed, confession is not yet made, the hands of the bishop and clergy are not yet laid upon them, the Eucharist is given to them; although it is written, "Whosoever shall eat the bread and drink the cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord" [I Cor. 11:27] (Letters 9:2 [A.D. 253])

John Chrysostom

Priests have received a power which God has given neither to angels nor to archangels. It was said to them: "Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose, shall be loosed." Temporal rulers have indeed the power of binding: but they can only bind the body. Priests, in contrast, can bind with a bond which pertains to the soul itself and transcends the very heavens. Did [God] not give them all the powers of heaven? "Whose sins you shall forgive," he says, "they are forgiven them; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained." The Father has given all judgment to the Son. And now I see the Son placing all this power in the hands of men [Matt. 10:40; John 20:21-23]. They are raised to this dignity as if they were already gathered up to heaven (The Priesthood 3:5 [A.D. 387]).

"Senator, thank you for your commitment to life… I'd like to give you something. Here is a Miraculous Medal blessed by Pope Benedict XVI."


http://www.eduardoverastegui.com.ar/ingles/noticias/noticias_ingles_pag_36.htm


October 18, 2008

Eduardo Verastegui, producer and lead actor of the 2007 American film Bella, endorsed Sen. John McCain on October 15th in Colorado.

On October 17th, Verastegui was invited to Miami to speak at a rally Senator John McCain, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Sen. Mel Martinez, Florida’s former Governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Verastegui said, "I am endorsing Sen. McCain for President because of his commitments to end abortion, to protect traditional marriage, to select conservative judges and to pass a just immigration reform."

Verastegui reminded the audience that more than 45 million babies have been killed by abortion in America since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

"We need to put an end to abortion, and political candidates play a very important role in this matter. More than 200,000 Latino babies are killed by abortion each year in the USA. This holocaust must end. That's why we must elect Senator McCain. He will defend and protect the most innocent of his country, the beautiful babies in their mothers' wombs."

After the rally, Eduardo met with Sen. McCain, saying, "Senator, thank you for your commitment to life… I'd like to give you something. Here is a Miraculous Medal blessed by Pope Benedict XVI."

Sen. McCain said, "Thank you so much!" Then Sen. McCain reached into his pocket and took out a Blessed Mother Teresa medal that he always carries with him. He said, "Eduardo, now I am going to keep both of these with me everywhere I go." Verastegui also gave a Miraculous Medal to Mrs. McCain.

"I was touched when I found out that the McCains adopted one of their daughters from Mother Teresa's orphanage in India. I think there is nothing more beautiful than to give a child a home, but not only a home, but a family who will love them and sacrifice for them. I hope one day that I can do the same."

Verastegui believes that unless Americans elect a president who will defend fundamental human rights, no one can expect a sound economy, health care or national security… including immigration reform.

Verastegui said, "I can make hundreds of movies like Bella, and they will hopefully save many babies, but it's never going to be as powerful as a president nominating judges who observe constitutional law. After all, we are just one pro-life Supreme Court Justice away from overturning Roe v. Wade."

"We can never vote for any candidate that supports abortion."

Barack Hussein Obama is pro-abortion and he has promised to codify the Roe v. Wade decision by signing the proposed Freedom of Choice Act, which would strip Americans of their right to protect innocent human lives, even from the savagery of partial-birth abortion, during which the abortionist pulls a baby from his mother's womb, stabs his skull and vacuums out his brains. This is inhumane. (May God mercy on us.)

Verastegui also emphasizes McCain's commitment to protect traditional marriage. Unlike Obama, McCain supports the right of states to legally define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Regarding immigration…

Verastegui says, "I'm very grateful to this wonderful Country for opening the door to my dreams... this Nation has been such an amazing blessing in my life, this nation has been an amazing blessing to all immigrants - including the entire Latino community - precisely because of leaders like Senator John McCain who sacrificed his life to serve his Country so we can all enjoy the freedoms that make America so great."

Sen. McCain has spent his entire life fighting for a cause bigger than himself, since he was a prisoner in Vietnam, until today. He has always used his talents to serve others, "He always puts people first, and that is the first reason why I'm supporting him, he is a selfless leader who has incredible character and integrity, and that is the most important quality our next president should possess."

Another example of John McCain's strong character and leadership is his commitment to immigration reform. Senator McCain introduced a very important immigration bill called the "McCain- Kennedy" bill.

My question is this, "Where was Obama when this important bill was moving through the Congress?" Obama abandoned the Latino community because he did not want it to hurt his political career. On the contrary senator McCain did not run for political coverage, he risked his political career and stuck in there with us just like he did with his fellow Americans in Vietnam. This is one of many examples of his incredible character and this is a man who is willing to sacrifice his political career to put his country and others first.

"Barack Hussein Obama speaks about 'change,' but what change are we talking about? Fidel Castro spoke about change in Cuba. Hugo Chavez talks about change in Venezuela, and other charismatic, well-spoken dictators promised change, but look what happened to their countries."

Obama doesn't represent the values of our Latino community. He has never done anything for us. He doesn't know who we are.

Senator McCain, however, not only knows who we are but he cares about us. Senator McCain is the real change, a real American hero and he is the leader we need to change and improve the direction of this incredible country. "I ask all of you to give him your vote because we all know he has, and he will, give his life for us and this great nation."

"Senator McCain, our Latino community is very grateful for everything you have done for us. We trust in you and we will support you. You cared about us, and you have proven it. Thank you!"

In closing, Verastegui says, "The right to life is the most important thing to me, so I want to do whatever I can to support the best candidates. That's why I support John McCain and Sarah Palin."

For more information, see Eduardo Verastegui's new English and Spanish videos about the sanctity of life, and Obama's pro-abortion agenda at:

www.DuraRealidad.com

21 October 2008

Bishop reminds Catholics to remember Judgment Day in the voting booth

St. Louis, October 18 (CNA).-Bishop Robert J. Herman, the administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has written a column reminding Catholics that their vote will be a decision weighed on the Day of Judgment. He urged Catholics not to treat the unborn as the neglectful rich man treated Lazarus in the biblical parable.

"Judgment Day is on its way," the bishop wrote in the St. Louis Review. "We cannot stop it. We don't know when it will come, but just as surely as the sun rises daily, the Son of Man will come when we least expect."

"For many, this coming election may very well be judgment day, for this election will measure us," he continued, referencing Christ's words of judgment in Matthew 10:32-33:

"Everyone who acknowledges Me before others, I will acknowledge before My heavenly Father. But whoever denies Me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father."

Bishop Herman asked the faithful to consider what kind of witness they give to God when they enter the voting booth on Election Day.

"The decision I make in the voting booth will reflect my value system. If I value the good of the economy and my current lifestyle more than I do the right to life itself, then I am in trouble," the bishop wrote.

He cited Pope John Paul II's apostolic exhortation Christifideles laici, which said outcry on human rights is "false and illusory" if the right to life is not defended to the maximum.

"The right of our children to be protected from destruction is greater than my right to a thriving economy," Bishop Herman continued.

"My desire for a good economy cannot justify my voting to remove all current restrictions on abortion. My desire to end the war in Iraq cannot justify my voting to remove all current restrictions on abortion."

Bishop Herman looked to the spiritual dimension as well.

"Those 47 million children our nation destroyed are still living. We have destroyed their bodies, but their souls are still alive. When our Lord comes again, they may very well be there to judge us. Even worse, Jesus tells us that whatever we do to the least of our brethren, we do to Him. We would truly shudder if we heard the words, 'I was in my mother's womb but you took my life!'

"It is quite possible that we might see these children, but, depending upon the choices we have made, we may very well be separated from them by a great chasm which cannot be crossed, much as the rich man who ignored Lazarus, the poor man, during his lifetime here on earth but was separated from him after death."

Bishop Herman said the "deepest problem" with many Catholics is that they have become accustomed to rationalizing away a "life of sinful actions" headed in the wrong direction.

"My goal is not to engage you in some political party way but to engage you with our Savior and His teachings. We need to constantly challenge our accustomed behaviors in the light of the Gospel," he wrote.

He said the issues of the coming election could help people learn about the teachings of the Catholic Church and to use the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

"When we do this, both we and the heavens will be filled with joy!" he asserted.

"Judgment Day is on its way," he repeated, encouraging people to pray the family Rosary daily between now and Election Day.

In a previous column for the St. Louis Review, Bishop Herman urged Catholics not to put politics ahead of the Fifth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill."

"Save our children!" he wrote. "More than anything else, this election is about saving our children or killing our children. This life issue is the overriding issue facing each of us in this coming election. All other issues, including the economy, have to take second place to the issue of life."