Millstone Award - Edward "Ted" Kennedy
Hero Award - Jim Pouillon
Jim Pouillon died doing what he has done for over 20 years - peaceably sharing the pro-life message that young mothers and their unborn children should be spared the tragedy of abortion. Jim was gunned down early in the morning on the eighth anniversary of 9-11 as he sat across the street from Owosso High School holding a sign showing a picture of a four-week old baby with a caption saying “LIFE.” The killing was witnessed by many, and the murderer was arrested that day.
Jim became a dedicated foot soldier in the pro-life movement after seeing photos of aborted babies. He was a well-known figure in the small community of Owosso, Michigan.
Many of us have been witness to and experienced the viciousness against pro-lifers. Many of us have been spit at, punched and otherwise assaulted, but this is the first time a pro-lifer has been shot. Human Life International (HLI )has documented thousands of cases of abortion violence and published the information on a special website (www.abortionviolence.com).
Many recalled Mr. Pouillon as an upbeat, devoted activist who never used his last name; instead referring to himself as “Jim from Michigan.” His loss will be felt throughout the pro-life movement. He is known to have opened his home to woman in ‘crisis pregnancy’ and even paid for their support during pregnancy.
More than 200 people gathered on Sunday afternoon in Owosso to mourn the shooting death of Jim Pouillon. Many of the people in the crowd came with pro-life signs similar to those Pouillon would prop against himself and at the curb to show how abortion kills children and that unborn children deserve protection. Other signs urged abortion to stop, and some women came with signs saying they regretted their abortions. The pro-life people gathered at the same spot in front of the high school where he was killed to sing, pray and share stories about Jim.
Pouillon's daughter, Mary Jo Pouillon, said, "I want him to be remembered as a man who loved Jesus and who was forgiven. It's not about my dad -- it's about the cause and it's about Christ.”
Family Research Council president Ken Conner stated, "We honor Mr. Pouillon and millions of his fellow Americans who have labored in the pro-life movement in various ways including sharing the pro-life message outside abortion facilities, volunteering at pregnancy care centers, or working to elect candidates who respect human life from conception to natural death."
We sadly say good-bye to a dedicated fellow foot soldier in the pro-life movement.
Millstone Award - Edward "Ted" Kennedy (1932 – 2009) and the Clergy Who Supported His Scandalous Life and Funeral.
(The Millstone Award is given to those who commit public scandal undermining the Faith.)
We cannot judge the disposition of Ted Kennedy’s soul as this is up to God; however, we can judge his actions while on this earth in relation to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Kennedy, at one time was very pro-life until it became profitable to ignore the moral teachings of his Church. He, more than anyone, was responsible for changing the face of the Democratic Party. What might American politics look like today if Kennedy, instead of reversing himself, had maintained the unflinching stance of his late sister Eunice in her consistent defense of vulnerable human life. Instead, the senator abandoned his faith for political gain.
Senator Kennedy supported legal abortion, partial-birth abortion, the public funding of Medicaid abortions, embryonic stem cell research, artificial birth control, federal family planning programs and so-called “emergency” contraception. He defended Roe v. Wade, endorsed the proposed Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) and opposed both the Human Life Amendment and the Hyde Amendment. Kennedy maintained a 100% rating from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood. In 1993, he received the Kenneth Edelin Award from Planned Parenthood, and in 2000 received the Champions of Choice Award from NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts presented by the same Dr. Kenneth Edelin, the infamous abortionist.
In addition to all this, Kennedy was an expert at "borking" pro-life judicial nominees and indeed, is responsible for coining the term. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated an exceptional jurist, Robert Bork, to the Supreme Court. During Bork's confirmation hearings, Kennedy’s actions were, putting it politely, despicable. He continued this “borking” until the most recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, demonstrating he was far more devoted to Planned Parenthood than he had ever been to the Catholic Church.
Kennedy shamelessly and willfully ignored the moral teachings of his faith; doing the work of the devil by de facto selling his soul for political gain. He distorted the concept of what it means to be a Catholic in public life more than anyone else in leadership today.
So, how would you expect the Church to participate in his funeral? None other than the president of the United States and several “Catholic” bishops were invited and allowed to bestow great public honor on him. It is scandalous beyond belief. It is conclusive proof of the corruption which pervades the Catholic Church in the United States. No rational person can reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic opposition to abortion when a champion of the Culture of Death, who repeatedly betrayed the Faith of his baptism, is lauded and extolled by priests and prelates in a Marian basilica.
As Father Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International (HLI) stated, “To honor this ‘catholic’ champion of the culture of death with a Catholic funeral is unjust to those who have actually paid the price of fidelity. We now find out that President Obama will eulogize the Senator at his funeral, an indignity which, following on the heels of the Notre Dame fiasco, leaves faithful Catholics feeling sullied, desecrated and dehumanized by men who seem to look for opportunities to slap the Church in the face and do so with impunity simply because they have positions of power.”
Cardinal Sean O'Malley of the Boston Archdiocese is responsible for permitting this travesty.
Prior to the public funeral, American Life League president Judie Brown published her letter to Cardinal O'Malley calling on him to "stop the travesty" of the upcoming funeral. "If this funeral Mass proceeds as planned, Senator Edward Kennedy will have spit one more time on Christ, this time from a casket.”
Ecclesial participants at the funeral included Rev. Raymond Collins, Rector of the Basilica; Rev. Mark Hession, Kennedy’s parish priest from Our Lady of Victories Church in Centerville on Cape Cod; Rev. J. Donald Monan, Chancellor of Boston College; and Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, who thanked President Obama for his words and his presence. Both Fr. Hession and Cardinal O'Malley suggested that the late senator had found eternal salvation. This was a tragic example of the Church’s willingness to surrender to the culture and serve Caesar rather than Christ.
In a letter regarding the funeral, Fr. Brian Harrison stated,”(M)y fellow Catholic clerics in Boston did not just accord him the "good standing" of a normal, flawed Catholic whose soul we can hope is in Purgatory. Rather, clad in triumphant white vestments instead of penitential violet (never mind the traditional black!) they have placed him on a pedestal, granting him an unofficial 'instant canonization'!“
To top it all off, at the gravesite of Kennedy, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington, shared a private letter the deceased Senator wrote to the Pope. The Cardinal also read what he described as a response from the Pontiff. This grandstanding was deplorable. Also, it must be recalled that Cardinal McCarrick has a rather unfortunate history involving the delivery of letters, particularly those from a certain Vatican official by the name of Ratzinger. In 2004, when the Bishops of the US were anguishing over whether to allow communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion laws, Cardinal McCarrick concealed a letter from his brother bishops. This letter concerned denying the Eucharist to those public sinners (such as Kennedy) who “obstinately refuse to end the objective situation of sin.”
Hopefully, the passing of Kennedy also marks the passing of a certain type of cultural Catholicism concerned with obtaining political power while maintaining an identification with the Church all of the time, supported by heretical clergy, all wanting to share in the political limelight.
As per Fr. Euteneuer, “He will not be missed by the unborn who he betrayed time and time again, nor by the rest of us who are laboring to undo the scandalous example of Catholicism that he gave to three generations of Americans.”
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