Monday, 9 November 2009
I am delighted to announce that Henk Baars
In addition to his work with Anti Catholics for a Porn Merchant's Choice, Henk manages a wide variety of social projects located in the poor
I remain available to you for any questions or comments about CFC's international work, whether in Europe, Asia, Africa or the Americas, as well as through the UN system. Please also feel free to contact Henk directly about CFC's European activities. We look forward to working together with you.
Very best wishes, Gladiolus Gorgonzola-Fandabidosi
Director, International Programs
Whoever it was - probably some intern - spent a long time here; checking in at 09.04 eastern and staying until 10.19, then taking a break (coffee and a Danish?) and coming back at 11.51 for a quick three minute review.
Poor sod having to trawl through all this content, make notes and feed them carefully into a database labelled "anti choice opponents" or whatever.
Look, just stick ACFCW on Opposition Watch and you and me are safe, yeah?
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
She described CFFC, as an "anti woman organisation" and that its agenda is “the promotion of abortion, the defense of every abortion decision as a good, moral choice and the related agenda of persuading society to cast off any moral constraints about sexual behavior.” It was groups like CFFC, not the Catholic Church, which was "hung up on sex", she noted.
In her letter she also included this killer statement: “When I was involved with CFFC, I was never aware that any of its leaders attended Mass. Furthermore, various conversations and experiences convinced me they did not.”
[Anti Catholics for Choice is] an astroturf corporately-funded anti-Catholic group with next to no members, which tells lies about the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion, engages in witch hunts against Catholics in public life, has an adulterous population-controller as its in-house "theologian" and takes money from porn merchants.
I'm sure that Elfriede knows very well that she isn't a Catholic. She should stop telling public untruths and pretending that she is one.
Fact: The ultimate defence against a libel action is the truth.
Sara Morello, vice president of Anti Catholics for a Porn Merchants Choice, makes an unsubtle hint about libel and defamation law
Although I do not usually post to this list, as vice president of Catholics for Choice and a canon lawyer, I feel I must offer some clarifications. First, the accusations posted here about Catholics for Choice are unfounded. At CFC, we strive to be an expression of Catholicism as it is lived by ordinary people. We are part of the great majority of the faithful in the Catholic church who disagrees with the dictates of the Vatican on a wide variety of issues, including sexuality, respect for women in the Church and the world, and the role of the institutional Church in public policy making.
We are part of the great majority who believes that Catholic teachings on conscience mean that every individual must follow his or her own conscience ― and respect others' right to do the same. Catholics for Choice's mission is to shape and advance sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice, reflect a commitment to women's well-being and respect and affirm the capacity of women and men to make moral decisions about their lives. CFC works in the United States and internationally to ensure that all people have access to safe and affordable reproductive healthcare services and to infuse our core values into public policy, community life and Catholic social thinking and teaching. None of this is grounds for excommunication. Second, excommunication is a very serious penalty in the Catholic Church, and accusations about a person’s standing in the Church should not be made lightly as they can be detrimental to a person’s reputation.
In regard to excommunication as a penalty for procured abortion, I recommend to you a brochure from Catholics for Choice which can be found on our Web site (Notes on Canon Law No. 1<http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/topics/abortion/documents/2004notesoncanonlaw1_001.pdf>). At a most basic level, Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, has no jurisdiction over Catholics for Choice. To debate his claims of excommunication in this forum would give them more credence than they deserve and would further a false presumption of their merit. Catholics for Choice does indeed respect a woman’s right to make choices about becoming pregnant and about continuing or terminating a pregnancy, as only she knows what her conscience tells her is the right thing to do. None of us can make that determination for another. We understand that not every Catholic joins us in a prochoice position. However, we feel that ours is a position grounded in our tradition and our faith. We offer a brief exposition of our position here: Prochoice Catholicism 101<http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/topics/abortion/documents/ProchoiceCatholicism101.pdf>. We respect others’ right to disagree, and ask them to respect us. In charity, it is inappropriate for any of us to make claims about another person’s relationship with her Church or with God.
I have known Elfriede Harth for many years, and her work for progressive Catholicism, both during her work with Catholics for Choice, and now independently, has been both admirable and dedicated. The public accusations made against her in this forum are unfair, ungrounded, and unkind. I hope that IMWAC members would disavow them as such. Catholics for Choice has long worked with IMWAC and other progressive Catholic groups throughout the world and we look forward to continued opportunities to do so. We are represented in Europe by our European Coordinator, Henk Baars, and are advised by progressive Catholics across the continent, and in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. We stand ready to continue our work with IMWAC and others who look for a more progressive, representative voice of Catholics in the Church and the world.
Should any of you wish to contact me with questions about Catholics for Choice or the positions I have put forward here, I welcome your direct communiqué to me at http://uk.mc249.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=smorello%40catholicsforchoice.orgmailto:http://uk.mc249.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=smorello%40catholicsforchoice.org.
Respectfully, Sara Morello, JCL Vice President, Catholics for Choice
Gladys Melo-Pinzón PhD. International Program Director Catholics for Choice 1436 U Str. NW. Suite 301, Washington DC 20009 Phone: 1 (202) 986-6093 Fax: 1 (202) 332-7995 www.catholicsforcho ice.org<http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/>
Friday, 6 November 2009
paradigm shift … Every abortion is a violation of the human dignity, both the woman’s and the unborn child’s. Therefore it is not to be the choice of the woman.” Footnote 20 cites Faktum, Sveriges Television/Swedish Broadcasting, 10 February 2005 and a boxed text, reads: "Swedish national television recently broadcasted a program on abstinence trends in the US and the antichoice lobby in Europe. Emilia Klepacka, director of WYA Europe, was forthright in opposing all abortion."
Still it's a chunky war chest for CFC to dip into whenever it fancies buying itself a push-poll, or conducting a high-stakes witch hunt against Catholics in public life. Where does the dosh come from?
I've already mentioned the Playboy link. According to C-FAM's excellent and authoritative War on the Faith paper, the high priestess twice accepted grants from the Playboy Foundation. Mind you, the old girl baulked at the suggestion that she take, say, Larry Flynt's dollars. "There are boundaries of good taste," she insisted. I dunno, Fran, have you seen those scarves, Elfriede wears?
CFC, or CFFC as it once was used to claim that it had 5000 members. Some hope. In fact the evidence from tax-returns showed that those figures were fictitious and that a hefty 97% of its funding came from big fat private foundations and tax-exempt groups. That's when Kissling had to admit a little shamefacedly that CFC was "not a membership organisation. We have no membership". You can say that again.
C-FAM noted that Philanthropy magazine, which charts charitable giving, took a closer look at CFC's funding and found that it was, "without a single major supporter whose program focus is Catholic philanthropy," adding "one looks in vain at these organizations’ program areas for evidence of meaningful support of parochial schools, retired nuns, Catholic missions, religious vocations work, or parish ministry — the areas that are the meat and potatoes of Catholic philanthropy today.”
One commentator put it very crisply when he said of CFC that, "the voice of dissent, it turned out, was not a mass movement, but a spokesperson with a fax-machine."
CFC's funding comes from the Sunnen Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Buffett Foundation, and this that and the other foundation, virtually all of which have a record of funding pro abortion, pro population control causes.
(sources: War on the Faith, wikipedia, The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights).
But no Catholics there. None whatsoever.
Not by any stretch of the imagination the sharpest knife in the box (it was of her that one cruel commentator said "you looked into her eyes and saw the back of her head") the half German half Latin American Elfriede has gone through various incarnations (no, Elfie, not those kind of incarnations) over the years. She's been the spokesperson for the appropriately-named WAC group, described as a "feminist theologian", probably by herself and is now the secretary of the European Parliament's separation of religion and politics working group - European Parliamentary working groups are the equivalent of Westminster's all party parliamentary interest groups and despite the impression Elfriede would like to give to various sovereign states, have no official standing.
In her role as CFC's point woman in Brussels, Elfriede is responsible for publicising CFC's push-polls, organising endless conferences with the likes of the National Secular Society, the European Humanist Federation and what have you and generally putting out anti-Catholic garbage.
Elfriede's English is hopeless, her thinking incoherent and she gets terribly upset, for some reason, when people point out that they've seen through her mob and that no, she's not a Catholic.
He succeeded the high priestess as president of the pro abortion anti Catholic cult in 2007.
He's the lucky recipient of various abortion gongs, persists in the fiction that he's a Catholic and "religious" and in 2007 was paid an impressive $176,667 by his well-endowed employers (Charity Navigator).
Source: Anti Catholics for Choice's own increeeedibly tedious and boring website.
An engaging oddball who was briefly a postulant at a convent - not, nota bene a professed nun, she left the convent, got her tubes tied and went onto operate two abortion clinics in New York, one of which, she boasted performed around 250 abortions per week. In 1976 she founded and became first president of the National Abortion Federation.
Never one to underestimate her own importance in the grand scheme of things, she sees herself as a femi-revolutionary leading a guerrilla war against the male hierarchical Church, not infrequently being quoted expressing such eccentric sentiments as, "When I say I came back to the Church, I never came back on the old terms….I came back to the Church as a social change agent; I came back to woman-church."
She's also got neurotic hang-ups about pregnancy and birth: "For me to be pregnant would be an enormous violation of my own personal integrity."
and a downright creepy fixation with abortion:
“I would like to see a huge underground of activist women learning how to do menstrual extractions and vacuum aspiration abortions, mothers teaching their daughters, sub rosa classes at campus women’s centers….”
She's also visiting scholar of abortionology and applied bigotry at some outfit or another.
Sources: War on the Faith, C-FAM, wikipedia.
CFC's Lies about the Catholic Church's teaching on abortion:
The personhood or ensoulment lie
In its last statement on abortion, the 1974 Declaration on Procured Abortion,
theVatican acknowledged that it does not know when the fetus becomes a person:
“There is not a unanimous tradition on this point and authors are as yet in
disagreement.” This disagreement has a long history as well; neither St. Augustine
nor St. Thomas Aquinas, two of the most important theologians in the Catholic tradition, considered the fetus in the early stages of pregnancy to be a person. (Anti Life Lies about Catholicism, Jon O'Brien and Sara Morello)
the Church’s constant condemnation of abortion, a teaching 2,000 years old, never relied on any particular theory of personhood or ensoulment for its binding force.16
For instance, both St. Jerome and St. Thomas Aquinas speculated as to the exact moment of ensoulment. Yet both of these saints, as well as all the saints who have addressed the issue of abortion, denounced abortion as an abominable crime; Jerome referred to it as the “murder of an unborn child.”17 The two issues had nothing to do with one another. As St. Basil the Great put it, “The hairsplitting difference between formed and unformed makes no difference to us.
CFC's lies about conscience and probabilism:
The lie that Catholic teaching allows for pro abortion views
Church teachings, tradition and core Catholic tenets—including the primacy
of conscience ... leave room for supporting a more liberal position on abortion. (O'Brien and Morello ibid)
“if you found five or six theologians, known for their ‘prudence and learning,’ who held the liberal dissenting view, you could follow them in good conscience even if the other ten thousand theologians — including the pope — disagreed." Daniel Maguire quoted in C-FAM's War on the Faith.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes that"conscience can make either a right judgment in accordance with reason and the divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgment that departs from them". It goes on to say that erroneous judgements result from, "Ignorance of Christ and His Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one’s passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy."
“[CFC's position] betrays a serious misunderstanding of the theory of probabilism. It has never been seen as authorizing deliberate disobedience to the clear moral teaching of the Church, and has always been seen as invalid when one’s action could lead to the killing of an innocent human being."
Richard Doerflinger associate director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
The lie that CFC is a Catholic organisation:
CFC's we're-Catholics-in-good-standing lie
"I'm a Catholic in good standing", Frances Kissling, former president of CFC.
At CFC, we strive to be an expression of Catholicism as it is lived by ordinary people. We are part of the great majority of the faithful in the Catholic church who disagrees with the dictates of the Vatican on a wide variety of issues, including sexuality, respect for women in the Church and the world, and the role of the institutional Church in public policy making." Sara Morello, IMWAC, 6th December 2009.
[T]he media should not look to CFC for Catholic opinion — because CFC is not a Catholic organization. It is, instead, composed of a very small group of non-Catholics and ex-Catholics, and perhaps even excommunicated Catholics, who do not believe the Church’s fundamental dogmatic teachings (sexual or otherwise), and who advocate extremely radical steps towards further sexual permissiveness. CFC’s funding comes from sources like Playboy and Planned Parenthood, not Catholic parishes and charities; its theologians endorse a mixture of moral relativism and New Age thought, not Christianity. (C-FAM War on the Faith)
In 1996 Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln excommunicated members of "Catholics" for Choice. The excommunication was upheld by Rome.
That's just three sets of lies to be getting on with; there are plenty more where they came from.
It is funded by porn merchants. No, seriously. It used to be known as "Catholics" for a Free Choice and according to records filed with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) it has taken thousands of dollars worth of funding from the Playboy Foundation. There's nothing necessarily wrong with that, of course but it's not something Catholic organisations would do.
Anti Catholics for Choice tells lies about what it is.
Since it is pro-population control it is not really for choice. And since it is anti Catholic it is not Catholic. Therefore this blog calls it by its real name: anti-Catholics for Choice. Ok, since it's not for choice either we should miss out the choice bit. But hey, we like the succession of Cs in its title. So Anti Catholics for Choice it is.