It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. -- Thomas Jefferson

Friday, November 30, 2012

Atheists find offendant to beat Jesus in court | Times 247


The following excerpts are from WashingtonTimes.com:
  • A lawsuit seeking the removal of a Jesus statue near a Montana ski resort will go on after a national group of atheists and agnostics produced a local member who says he is offended by the religious symbol whenever he swooshes down the slopes.

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Atheists find offendant to beat Jesus in court | Times 247

Independence Forever! Don't Ratify the UN Disabilities Treaty - Ken Blackwell - [page]

The following excerpts are from the article "Independence Forever! Don't Ratify the UN Disabilities Treaty" by Ken Blackwell at Townhall.com:
  • There’s an old story from the Jewish shetls of Eastern Europe. There was a singing contest among the animals. The Nightingale loses, despite her lovely singing voice. Looking down on the jury, she sees the grunting wild pigs. She weeps, not because she lost, she says. “But see who my judges are!”
  • America must feel like the Nightingale whenever she has to go before a UN panel.
  • I had the honor of serving our country as U.S. Ambassador to the UN’s Human Rights Commission. In those days, the UN body had such worthy respecters of human rights as Algeria, Libya, Syria, Vietnam, and Sudan. Today, the UN Human Rights panel now contains such paragons as China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
  • See who our judges are. Today, the U.S. Senate is being asked to ratify the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It’s another of those sound-good UN efforts that fall apart under examination.
  • The Heritage Foundation has warned against this document, which will seriously compromise American sovereignty. Heritage experts refer to it as another UN power grab. They’re right.
  • Just consider how well the UN is doing with its acknowledged responsibilities. 
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Opinion: Stop Blaming the Conservatives


So, the election is well past over. Mitt Romney lost. Barack Obama won a second term much to the chagrin of many.

Most conservatives...the real ones at least...were not surprised. I had many people get angry with me back in the spring, because I said the only difference between Mitt Romney and John McCain, was that Romney had more money, a better wardrobe, and better hair. One lady got extremely upset with me when I said that Mitt Romney looked more like one of the male models for the box front of a mens hair coloring product than a presidential candidate.

Some people have no sense of humor.

I had people who were even more incensed when I said on Facebook back last April or May, that Mitt Romney could not beat Obama. A few I am sure, unfriended me because of that observation.

When I made my post supporting Rick Santorum for the Republican nomination back on January 31, of this year, one of the things that I said was this:

I have watched as the mainstream media has worked overtime in trying to tell us who the best nominee would be, when we all know where their loyalties apparently lie. They hope to convince the people that they know better than the people who the people's best choice would be.

Yes, the mainstream media kept proclaiming Romney the “nominee” in essence if not in fact at the time. One would have thought then, that if people who watched the 2008 race had remotely been paying attention at all, they would have recalled that this same mainstream media was building up John McCain as the nominee. And guess what? Both men the mainstream media hyped as the nominee, lost.

Here's a clue for you. If the mainstream media is continuously pointing someone out as the frontrunner...as the heir apparent... it is because they are hoping that there are still enough people out there who will buy it, and because there are some people...many people I believe... who want to have voted for the “perceived winner”, and then they will vote for the guy who is actually the worst candidate available.

The worst part of this is, that the GOP bought it themselves. Again. Hook, line, and sinker. Especially sinker.

Then they had Karl Rove, Ann Coulter and others going on every news show, every radio talk show they could get on, leading the cheers for Romney. Newt Gingrich was not liked they said....Rick Santorum was too far right on social issues they said...Herman Cain was inexperienced in public office they said...Michelle Bachmann was too extreme they said...and on and on and on.

The GOP now wants to point fingers at the conservative base...the natural marriage people....the pro-life people....the pro-Constitution people...the conservatives who make up the heart of the GOP and blame us for Romney losing. They said we stayed at home....that we voted third party...we didn't support Romney enough. They are ready to throw us under the bus...and then back the bus up, and run over us again.

We have John McCain going on television, and saying if we have pro-life views, it is OK to have them, but we should keep “quiet” about it. Mr. McCain should be the one keeping quiet as he has already shown he doesn't know how to win a presidential race, and shouldn't be telling us to “keep quiet”.

Yes Mr. McCain, the economy is important...but so are the social issues and they need to be expressed and not ignored like Mr. Romney chose to ignore them.

The GOP needs to learn something that is apparent to everyone outside of the “inside” political circles. The mainstream media does not like Republicans. They never have in my lifetime and they never will. So stop getting excited if they are lauding your “moderate candidate”. No moderate candidate can or will win the presidency. That's why they are lauding them. Until the election starts that is, and then they will turn on you.

And if you want the GOP to remain a viable, electable party, stop blaming the Tea Party...stop blaming the pro-lifers....stop blaming the social and fiscal conservatives because we are the GOP. If you keep giving us McCain's and Romney's for candidates...and keep giving us the blame for your major screw-ups, there won't be a GOP.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

‘There is a Civil War brewing in the GOP’ over abortion: Pro-life leader | LifeSiteNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeSiteNews.com:
  • If the Republican Party closes itself to passing pro-life legislation, it will signal the end of the GOP and the formation of a new, pro-life third party, a leader in one of the fastest growing pro-life ministries has warned. 
  • “There is a Civil War brewing in the GOP, and it’s not pretty,” said Jennifer Mason, communications director of Personhood USA. 
  • Over the weekend, 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain said pro-life conservatives should state their position on abortion, then “leave the issue alone.” Elected officials, he indicated, should enact no new legislation to protect the unborn.
  • He and a host of GOP consultants have suggested the party downplay or abandon social issues in light of the 2012 electoral loss. 
  • Mason said his comments “made me wonder: instead of dropping the abortion issue, why not drop John McCain?”
  • “If McCain and his ilk are successful, we are looking at a major defection to a third party, and the ultimate death of the Republican Party,” she added.
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‘There is a Civil War brewing in the GOP’ over abortion: Pro-life leader | LifeSiteNews.com

Rick Santorum: Tell Senate to Oppose Pro-Abortion CRPD Treaty | LifeNews.com


The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum is urging pro-life advocates to contact the Senate to urge opposition to the CRPD treaty that pro-life groups say comes with concerns about abortion promotion.
  • “Yesterday, Karen and I — along with our daughter Bella — joined with U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association for a news conference calling on the Senate to NOT bring up this flawed treaty,” Santorum said. “And just like that, Senator Harry Reid announced that he will bring this treaty up for a vote this week.”
  • Santorum says his major concern is his ability as a parent of a special needs child to determine the type and quality of care.
  • “CRPD, if ratified, threatens U.S. sovereignty and parental rights, and would effectively put the U.S. under international law when it comes to parenting special needs children. One provision in the treaty would give the government, acting under U.N. instructions, the ability to determine for all children with disabilities what is best for them,” Santorum explained. “I don’t know about you, but I believe that in America, that is the parents’ job, certainly not the government’s.”
  • “Furthermore, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities does nothing to improve the rights of the disabled in this country. Our country already meets or exceeds the U.N. standards, and contrary to reports, passage of this treaty will do NOTHING to give disabled Americans or any disabled person traveling in a foreign country greater protections or rights,” Santorum complained. “What this treaty does do is make American laws subservient to the United Nations.  It is flawed, it is wrong and we should not see this in the United States of America.”
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Rick Santorum: Tell Senate to Oppose Pro-Abortion CRPD Treaty | LifeNews.com

Nigeria: 11 dead in bomb attack on church : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Nigeria: 11 dead in bomb attack on church : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Unrest prompts Egyptian Christian leaders to postpone strategy meeting : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • A meeting between the new Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and the leaders of Egypt’s Catholic communities has been postponed because of tensions in the country.
  • With Egypt in turmoil after President Mohamed Morsi claimed sweeping new powers, Christian leaders agreed that it would be prudent to reschedule their proposed meeting until December 11, hoping that calm can be restored. 
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Unrest prompts Egyptian Christian leaders to postpone strategy meeting : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Times surprised by Cardinal Dolan's support for beatification of Dorothy Day : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Times surprised by Cardinal Dolan's support for beatification of Dorothy Day : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Friday, November 23, 2012

Jeb Bush Supporters: He's Considering 2016 Presidential Bid | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com ( let me add here...please...not another Bush...please):
  • New reports today indicates supporters of pro-life former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush say he is reportedly considering a run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
  • Following a second term for pro-abortion President Barack Obama, both political parties will have open nominations for their nominee. More than a dozen potential GOP contenders have been named in the weeks following Mitt Romney’s loss to Obama in this November’s presidential race, including the brother of the pro-life former President George W. Bush.
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Jeb Bush Supporters: He's Considering 2016 Presidential Bid | LifeNews.com

Pro-Life Group: New Flu Vaccine Flucelvax Not Abortion-Based | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • A pro-life group that monitors vaccinations that are sometimes based on cells taken from babies who are victimized by abortions says the new flu vaccine Flucelvax is moral and pro-life advocates can use it.
  • Children of God for Life announced this week that Flucelvax produced by Novartis uses a morally produced mammal-based cell line rather than chick embryo. The group informed LifeNews the proprietary cell line called MDCK (Madin Darby Canine Kidney) has been used for decades in vaccine production and offers a moral alternative to aborted fetal cell line flu vaccines that are currently under development by competing manufacturers.
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Pro-Life Group: New Flu Vaccine Flucelvax Not Abortion-Based | LifeNews.com

Assisted Suicide Not Legal in Montana Despite Media's Claims | LifeNews.com

Assisted Suicide Not Legal in Montana Despite Media's Claims | LifeNews.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Abortions Fall 5 Percent Nationwide, Biggest Drop in 10 Years | LifeNews.com

Abortions Fall 5 Percent Nationwide, Biggest Drop in 10 Years | LifeNews.com

Adult Stem Cell Research Pioneers Deserve More Attention | LifeNews.com

Adult Stem Cell Research Pioneers Deserve More Attention | LifeNews.com

Bid to approve woman bishops fails in Church of England synod : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • A proposal to ordain women as bishops for the Church of England fell just short of approval in a surprise vote on November 20.
  • The proposal won the required two-thirds approval from the synod’s house of bishops and the house of clergy, but was four votes short of the required margin in the house of laity.
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Bid to approve woman bishops fails in Church of England synod : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Atmosphere of fear among Zimbabwe’s Catholics : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • An anonymous report from the Church in Zimbabwe highlights the pervasive despair and fear among the nation’s impoverished populace. The nation has been ruled by Robert Mugabe since 1980.
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Atmosphere of fear among Zimbabwe’s Catholics : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Monday, November 19, 2012

The erosion of ethics in organ transplantation: what’s a Catholic to do? | LifeSiteNews.com

The erosion of ethics in organ transplantation: what’s a Catholic to do? | LifeSiteNews.com

Abortion is Sexism at Its Worst, Does Nothing for Women | LifeNews.com

Abortion is Sexism at Its Worst, Does Nothing for Women | LifeNews.com

Planned Parenthood Takes Credit for Re-Electing Obama | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com My comments are italicized:
  • Planned Parenthood has taken credit for pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s re-election by openly admitting that their political action committee’s plan relied on partisan scare-tactics.
  • The abortion conglomerate has been a long-time favorite of Barack Obama, and they were more than willing to spend whatever they had to make sure that their best supporter re-won the presidency – to the tune of $15 million.
Is this why they need all the states funding they can get? To elect pro-death candidates?

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Planned Parenthood Takes Credit for Re-Electing Obama | LifeNews.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Judge Rules Against Forcing Mentally Disabled Woman's Abortion | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • Nevada District Court Judge Egan Walker has agreed that a pregnant 32-year-old mentally disabled woman will not be forced to have an abortion against her will.
  • Judge Walker has taken the potential abortion off the table and will hold a medical evidentiary hearing with experts to determine the best way to safely help the woman carry her pregnancy to term and have the baby. Nothing has been decided at this point about contraception for the woman, long-term.
  • The decision will become official later this afternoon or tomorrow morning when Judge Walker officially hands down the ruling.
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Judge Rules Against Forcing Mentally Disabled Woman's Abortion | LifeNews.com

Weigel: Church should consider ‘withdrawing from civil marriage business’ : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Discussing “the crisis of a second Obama administration,” George Weigel names three threats to the Church in the United States: the HHS mandate, the “gay insurgency,” and
  • the re-election of a vice president of the United States who has declared “transgender discrimination” to be “the civil rights issue of our time;” who has openly celebrated the abortion license; who has grossly misrepresented the Church’s teaching on the life issues; and who is, in myriad ways, an ecclesial embarrassment. So are Catholic members of the House and Senate who not only vote against truths known by moral reason, but then have the gall to justify their irresponsibility by a faux commitment to “pluralism” or, worse, by recourse to what they are pleased to call “social justice Catholicism.”
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Weigel: Church should consider ‘withdrawing from civil marriage business’ : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Syrian priest reports 'brutality without precedent' : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The civil war in Syria has created “an apocalyptic situation” for the country’s people, a Catholic priest in Aleppo says.
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Syrian priest reports 'brutality without precedent' : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Cardinal Dolan: no capitulation on HHS mandate : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan has reiterated that the Catholic Church will not consent to the contraceptive mandate imposed by the Obama administration.
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Cardinal Dolan: no capitulation on HHS mandate : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

‘Open and cordial’ discussion between bishops, LCWR leadership : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Three bishops held an “open and cordial discussion” with leaders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious about the doctrinal assessment of the organization by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, according to a joint statement released by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and the organization’s president.
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‘Open and cordial’ discussion between bishops, LCWR leadership : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Papal envoy sees Syrian refugees near despair, but some hope for peace talks : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Cardinal Robert Sarah, who was sent to Lebanon as the Pope’s representative, has told Vatican Radio that many thousands of Syrian refugees are in dire need of basic material necessities: food, clothing, shelter, and medicine.
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Papal envoy sees Syrian refugees near despair, but some hope for peace talks : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Friday, November 9, 2012

Czech parliament approves return of confiscated Church properties : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The Czech parliament has approved the return of Church properties confiscated during the Communist era. The property, valued at $7 billion, will be returned over the next three decades and includes 6% of the nation’s fields and forests.
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US prelate laments rocket attacks on Israel, security wall that harms Christian families : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Lamenting recent actions by both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the chairman of the US bishops' justice-and-peace committee called for strong US leadership in forging peace in the region.
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US prelate laments rocket attacks on Israel, security wall that harms Christian families : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Vatican welcomes naming of new Archbishop of Canterbury : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The Vatican has welcomed the nomination of Anglican Bishop Justin Welby of Durham as the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, wished Bishop Welby “the blessing of God for his person and for his challenge.” 
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Vatican welcomes naming of new Archbishop of Canterbury : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Failure to Support Imperfect Pro-Life Candidates Hurts the Cause | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • Logic dictates that anyone who believes that life should be defended from the moment of conception would not only jump at the opportunity to promote the value of that life, but would be willing to do whatever it took to defeat the single most pro-abortion president ever elected, and help maintain a pro-life majority in the House of Representatives.
  • This was the assumption I was working under as I began making phone calls during the planning stages of several pro-life get-out-the-vote efforts in Florida.  I believed then, as I do now that the greatest threat to the sanctity of life was the re-election of Barack Obama.  What pro-lifer could disagree?
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Failure to Support Imperfect Pro-Life Candidates Hurts the Cause | LifeNews.com

Lebanese scholar: Mideast Christians’ fears are not ‘hallucinatory’ : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Habib Malik, a professor at the Lebanese American University, told Vatican Radio that the “real fears” of Middle East Christians following the Arab Spring “are not hallucinatory or born of a fertile imagination.”
  • Malik, who said that the Vatican has a “deep understanding of the delicate situation of the Middle Eastern Christians,” is the son of Charles Malik (1906-87), an Eastern Orthodox Christian who helped draft the UN Declaration on Human Rights.
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Lebanese scholar: Mideast Christians’ fears are not ‘hallucinatory’ : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Cardinal Sarah, in Lebanon, begins mission to help Syrian refugees : News Headlines - Catholic Culture


The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Cardinal Robert Sarah, arriving in Lebanon as a special papal envoy to coordinate aid to the victims of Syria’s civil war, has begun that mission by meeting with Lebanon’s political and religious leaders.

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Cardinal Sarah, in Lebanon, begins mission to help Syrian refugees : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Obama won Catholic vote, regular churchgoers chose Romney : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • President Barack Obama won a slim majority of votes from self-identified Catholics, according to exit polls conduct by CNN.
  • The polls shows that 50% of voters who identified themselves as Catholics voted for Obama, and 48% for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The CNN poll did not distinguish between active and lapsed Catholics.
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Obama won Catholic vote, regular churchgoers chose Romney : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

POPE BENEDICT XVI MAKES FRESH APPEAL FOR PEACE IN SYRIA



Vatican City, 7 November 2012 (VIS) - At the end of his general audience, the Pope launched the following appeal for peace in Syria.

"I continue to follow with great concern the tragic situation of violent conflict in Syria, where the fighting has not ceased and each day the toll of victims rises, accompanied by the untold suffering of many civilians, especially those who have been forced to abandon their homes.

"As a sign of my own solidarity and that of the whole Church for the Syrian people, as well as our spiritual closeness to the Christian communities in that country, I had hoped to send a Delegation of Synod Fathers to Damascus.

"Unfortunately, due to a variety of circumstances and developments, it was not possible to carry out this initiative as planned, and so I have decided to entrust a special mission to Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council 'Cor Unum'.

"From today until 10 November, he will be in Lebanon, where he will meet the pastors and faithful of the Churches present in Syria. He will visit a number of refugees from that country and will chair a meeting of Catholic charitable agencies to coordinate efforts, as the Holy See has urgently requested, to provide assistance to the Syrian people, within and outside the country.

"As I make my prayer to God, I renew my invitation to the parties in conflict, and to all those who have the good of Syria at heart, to spare no effort in the search for peace and to pursue through dialogue the path to a just coexistence, in view of a suitable political solution of the conflict.

"We must do everything that is possible, because one day it may be too late!"

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Court Will Hear Emergency Appeal to Stop Potential Forced Abortion | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • The Nevada Supreme Court has been asked by an attorney for the guardians of a pregnant mentally disabled woman not to force her to have an abortion.
  • The attorney and local pro-life advocates are concerned a Washoe County District Judge may rule that the woman in question must have an abortion. Because of that, attorney Jason Guinasso filed an emergency request with the state’s highest court to end the legal proceedings and allow the woman to carry the pregnancy to term.
  • Guinasso says Judge Egan Walker does not have the legal authority to force the woman to have the abortion or hold legal hearings on the matter. He is representing the adoptive parents of the 32-year-old woman. He says if the guardians, who want her to have the baby, are overruled in court, that Washoe County Social Services should have filed paperwork with the court as to why it was forcing the woman to have the abortion. Local officials have not done that.
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Court Will Hear Emergency Appeal to Stop Potential Forced Abortion | LifeNews.com

Friday, November 2, 2012

Just 45 People Show Up to "Catholics for Obama" Event | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • Only 45 people bothered to show up at a campaign event rally the official Obama campaign apparatus “Catholics for Obama” threw in Denver, Colorado recently.
  • News of the event came to light yesterday as a Catholic news outlet indicated the Obama camp unsuccessfully tried to get a local Catholic university to host it. From the Catholic News Agency:
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Just 45 People Show Up to "Catholics for Obama" Event | LifeNews.com