Friday, January 28, 2011

Anti-Christian bias is OK at the BBC, says former presenter

Anti-Christian bias is OK at the BBC, says former presenter

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cardinal Newman Society News

Special Note from Fr. McCloskey

January 25, 2011

Dear CNS Member,

I am writing to ask for your prayers. But let me begin by telling you about a miracle…

I have a special devotion to the patron of The Cardinal Newman Society, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. He was a leading Anglican intellectual in the 1800s whose conversion to the Catholic faith has inspired millions around the globe.

It was therefore my delight to produce and host a television series on Cardinal Newman that has aired several times on EWTN. At the end of the show I presented a prayer card in support of Newman's beatification.

The rest is history, laus Deo!

Deacon Jack Sullivan of Massachusetts—who suffered from a crippling spinal disorder—watched my EWTN series and prayed the prayer card, asking Newman to intercede for him. Sullivan was miraculously cured.

A Vatican team of scientists has since found no worldly explanation for the cure, and we joyfully celebrate Newman's recent beatification by Pope Benedict XVI.

That means that The Cardinal Newman Society has a very powerful ally to help us.
I am certain our prayers to him for intercession will work miracles for the renewal of Catholic higher education around the world.

Which brings me to the point of my letter: I urge you to pray for The Cardinal Newman Society.

No doubt you are as concerned as I am about our nation, the state of Catholic higher education and the Church today. But I am also hopeful.

The Cardinal Newman Society has just the right approach—taking Pope John Paul II's advice to "Be Not Afraid!" Our staff has committed to…

Taking the fight to the heterodox professors.

…Holding Catholic colleges accountable for campus dissent.

Exposing performances of the vile and harmful V-Monologues.

…Protesting colleges that give honors to pro-abortion speakers.

…Following up on our groundbreaking student survey research and promoting solutions to the problems of promiscuity, pornography and loss of faith on Catholic campuses.

Promoting the faithful colleges listed in The Newman Guide.

…Encouraging Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on campuses.

…Continuing to be your advocate to college officials, faculty and bishops for authentic Catholic education.

CNS will do all of this, but you must know that we are being challenged at every turn by those who want to continue secularizing our Catholic campuses.

I have seen firsthand on college campuses how the Culture of Death creeps into dormitory life.

I have learned how colleges (sometimes unwittingly) encourage promiscuity and homosexual lifestyles, causing life-long damage to students.

I have counseled students whose faith has been shattered by the deadly combination of living in unregulated residence halls at night and being indoctrinated by dissenting professors by day.

Pope Benedict has said that the crisis of Truth on our Catholic campuses is rooted in a crisis of faith, and in that he is surely right.

Let us truly thank God for our Holy Father!

He is such a beacon of light in the raging secular storm we are living in.

The Holy Father's observation that Catholic colleges must live their faith completely, from the classroom to the dorm room, contains a lesson for the essential work of The Cardinal Newman Society.

The success of CNS in promoting renewal will depend on more than our hard work, fidelity to the Magisterium and dogged determination.

We will fight the battles in this world for Catholic renewal, but CNS needs your help to fight the spiritual battles that are at the heart of the problem!

Join me today with your fellow CNS Members—and the intercession of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman—in a nationwide campaign…

to pray for the conversion of our wayward Catholic campuses and the success of the new and faithful Catholic colleges.

to pray for The Cardinal Newman Society, that it may always be guided by the Holy Spirit in all that it does to promote authentic Catholic higher education.

to plead for the intercession of the Blessed Mother, especially for a return to a culture of chastity on campuses.

to ask for the assistance of Saint Michael the Archangel in confronting the Culture of Death that has captured many of our Catholic campuses.

I know that you believe in the cause that The Cardinal Newman Society is fighting for.

Will you now commit to offer some time in prayer for CNS?

When our Lord and the Blessed Mother have asked the faithful—people like Saint Faustina, Saint Bernadette, and the holy children at Fatima—to do things, they have asked for prayer. For prayer!

The reason, of course, is that with God all things are possible!

No matter how smart we are (or think we are), no matter how hard we work or plan, it is nothing without God.

By the same token, no matter how bleak or daunting a situation may be, including perhaps the sad state of so many Catholic colleges, we must rely on the virtue of hope that God's will shall be done.

I am convinced that there is real momentum for Catholic renewal at our colleges, and if The Cardinal Newman Society's faithful members commit to pray for this just cause, our efforts will be unstoppable.

Can you imagine the effect that 10 people praying every day would have?

How about 100 prayers at Mass every week??

How about 1,000 CNS Members in evening prayer?

How about 5,000 prayers every month for an intention?

What am I asking you to do? I am asking you to commit to praying regularly for our cause:

•Will you pray once a month?

• How about once a week?

• Will you add our intentions to your daily prayer list?

• Are you able to offer an occasional Holy Hour?

• Is it possible to say a little prayer whenever you attend Mass?

I am not asking you for a big commitment. Just incorporate these prayers into your regular prayer life.

If we all just do a little praying the impact will be tremendous!

And consider how powerful your prayers will be if joined to the prayers of students on Catholic campuses.

You know that CNS has been promoting Eucharistic Adoration on campuses and coordinating college displays of the Vatican's International Exhibition "The Eucharistic Miracles of the World."

And our commitment to this program has never been stronger.

The liturgical renewal that is underway in the Church has reached Catholic campuses, and students are clamoring for a return to traditional devotions such as Adoration, Eucharistic processions, 40 Hours, etc.

A few months ago Patrick Reilly sent CNS Members information about the Eucharistic Adoration video CNS is developing to introduce Catholic college students to the power of the Eucharist. By promoting the video and the Vatican's Miracles exhibit we will be encouraging campuses to make Adoration regularly available.

Why have we made this program such a priority?

Simple. When our recent survey of Catholic college students shows that less than 70% of active Catholic students believe in the Real Presence… when more than 6 of 10 support the ordination of women… and when about half of active Catholics at our Catholic colleges support gay marriage, pre-marital sex and the legal right to an abortion… you can easily see why we need to storm Heaven with our prayers!

So please, commit to pray for CNS, for the renewal of our Catholic colleges and universities, and for the students who attend them.

I am truly grateful for the faith you show in the work of The Cardinal Newman Society.

Please know that you are in my prayers.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. C. John McCloskey, III, S.T.D.
Founding Member, CNS National Advisory Board
www.frmccloskey.com

The Cardinal Newman Society
9415 West Street
Manassas, VA 20110

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bishops are to Blame!!

An excellent summary of what we are really dealing with. Listen and learn.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Glasgow honours St Mungo with festival

Glasgow is about to pay the ultimate tribute to its patron saint by honouring St Kentigern, better known as St Mungo, in a week of events.

The city’s religious history, and the Fife-born monk’s role in it, will be brought to life in the annual St Mungo Festival, beginning on Saturday, that is going from strength-to-strength.

This theme of this year’s festival, Mungo’s Bairns, explores what it means to be Glaswegian in today’s multicultural society. St Mungo’s Bairns is also the title of a multi-cultural gala concert at St Andrews in the Square on Saturday. This concert will be recorded and broadcast world-wide by Glasgow-based Celtic Music Radio.

The St Mungo Singers and pupils from St Patrick’s Primary school are taking part in Vita St Kentigern— The Tree and the Bell, celebrating the life of St Mungo in words and song at the Mitchell Library on Saturday at 12 noon.

Glasgow Cathedral is hosting two ecumenical services during the festival, one on Sunday celebrating St Mungo’s life through music and dance, and a feast day service on January 13 for children from city schools. Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow is attending the Sunday celebration and Mass for the Feast of St Kentigern at St Mungo’s, Townhead, on Thursday.

Christians across Glasgow are also encouraged to find out more about their patron saint and events such as Mungo’s Nature Pilgrimage on January 9, reflecting on the religious significance of St Mungo and Glasgow’s coat of arms, are an ideal way to learn more.

—Full details of the events can be found at http://www.stmungofestival.com

—For more on concert broadcast, visit http://www.celticmusicradio.net/

The Worm Turns

Pro-Abortion Feingold Appointed Professor at Catholic Marquette University

The dean of Marquette University Law School announced today the appointment of former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold as Visiting Professor of Law. Feingold is pro-abortion, pro-embryonic stem cell research, and pro-same sex “marriage,” making his hiring grossly inappropriate at Marquette, a Catholic university.

Feingold served as a Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 until he was unseated by Republican challenger Ron Johnson during the 2010 midterm elections. He earned a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. He voted YES to allow “federal funding for research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells…” On the issue of marriage, News Max quoted Feingold in 2006: “Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy.”

Dean Joseph Kearney attempts to white-wash any conflicts of interest between Feingold and Marquette:

While I do not doubt that some of his views are controversial, or, still less, suggest that all of them are right, an institution of legal education is especially well suited to explore multiple dimensions of such issues.

But Pope John Paul II’s apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, Ex corde Ecclesiae, stipulates:

All teachers and administrators, at the time of their appointment, are to be informed about the Catholic identity of the institution and its implications, and about their responsibility to promote, or at least to respect, that identity.

We wonder if Marquette will inform Feingold that his “controversial” views on a range of legal issues are in conflict with the University’s Catholic identity?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011