Festival for Freedom
The recent Associated Press article in the Daily Messenger about the New York State Senate Republican majority once again not passing Gov. Cuomo’s pro-abortion bill quoted State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Westchester Democrat leader, as being highly critical of her Republican Senate colleagues for their vote to protect the unborn.
In the interest of being fair and balanced (the AP article was not) Lori Kehoe, New York State Right to Life Executive Director states, “How many times do New Yorkers have to reject the radical agenda that would legalize abortion for any reason through all nine months? New York is already the abortion capital of the world, with no practical oversight of its abortion industry.”
Gov. Cuomo, in supporting passage of his bill says, “New York State can do better. After all, it’s her body.” This, despite medical and scientific facts that from conception onward pregnancy involves two or more separate bodies. By doing better he not only means abortion on demand through nine months but also removing conscience protections for hospitals, medical professionals and other health care providers. Forty-two years after Roe v. Wade (Jan 22, 1973) in this year 2015 we have monumentally greater knowledge about the baby in the womb than was known in the last century in the year 1973. We can now watch the baby during its gestation period through advances in ultrasound and other techniques.
Remarkable advances in fetal surgery and other medical interventions are achieving truly miraculous results. Many medical professionals urge the use of fetal anesthesia because the fetus/baby experiences pain as early as 11 weeks. As this greater medical and scientific knowledge and the people’s “good conscience” about the pre-born has progressed, so also has state and federal legislation for the protection of this rapidly growing baby. One of many such bills is H.R. 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Gov. Cuomo is following in the extreme pro-abortion footsteps of President Obama. They are truly waging a tyrannical war on the right to life of the unborn, and it must end.
Joe Fitzgerald lives in Canandaigua.
Two years later, the leader of that event has been recognized not only for his Festival for Freedom success, but also for incredible leadership ranging from funding a drinking water well for the people of Kalama, Kenya, to Community Health Initiatives right in Canandaigua NY. For so much effort and success, Deacon Claude was honored with the Consistent Life Ethic VITA Award (a lifetime achievement award) by Bishop Matano of the Diocese of Rochester, on June 4, 2014. It was the first VITA awarded by the new Bishop of Rochester.
What follows is an excerpt from a recent awards program for Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes detailing a variety of such successes by Deacon Claude, and a testimony from the very people whom he led in the Festival for Freedom endeavors. Below will be added pictures from the event as soon as they are available.
See following post for Guest Essay in Daily Messenger (Canandaigua) by Joe Fitzgerald on “Obamacare more than ‘spilt milk’]]>
Festival for Freedom recognized the achievements of the Becket Fund for the work it has done on behalf of Religious Freedom with a 2014 Award of a $1000.
Two days after it is heard by the Supreme Court of the United States, the Becket Fund through its President, William M. Mumma, will be heard at the Interfaith Chapel at the University of Rochester. The Becket fund has been a tireless and courageous force is opposition to infringement on religious liberty, including the better known cases for the Little Sisters of the Poor, and for Hobby Lobby which will be pled on March 25. It seems ironic that SCOTUS would assign the Feast of the Annunciation to hear a case sharpened by ignoring religious convictions, especially convictions opposing contraception and abortion. Doesn’t it seem a sure sign we need to earnestly pray to our Holy Mother for her help?
William M. Mumma will deliver the Newman Lecture “Religious Freedom: The American Problem,” exploring religious freedom and how it is protected, applied and lived in a democratic society by houses of worship and businesses in 21st century America. The lecture is sponsored by the Catholic Newman Community and John Henry Newman Chair of Catholic Studies, and begins at 7:30PM on Thursday, March 27th, in the U of R Interfaith Chapel. Free parking is available. For more information, see www.urnewman.org.]]>
On Friday morning, March 28, 2014, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, a Natural Law Symposium will be held at St. John Fisher (Coleman Chapel-Murphy Hall) on “The Natural Law and Marriage betwen a Man and a Woman.” The Forum is co-sponsored by the St. Thomas Lawyers Guild and the Knights of Columbus, Finger Lakes.
With so much discussion leading up to the Extraordinay Synod called for all the Bishops in the world later this year, it is indeed a timely and preparative opportunity regarding the subject: “Marriage and the Natural Law and its evangelization in the Public Square.”
Our souls cannot afford to have our consciences formed by popular media.
The speakers are two noted and prominent scholars, Dr. Peter J. Colosi, Professor of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, and Dr. John C. Eastman, Esq., Former Dean of Chapman University School of Law. Both are noted and respected authors.
We look forward to some information and help in answering the popular secular question: “But how is this (so-called “Same-Sex Marriage”) hurting anybody? Isn’t LOVE a “good” thing?]]>
In spite of all the past errors and abuses, sins and degradations of life in NYS, the most recent is quite telling, and needs to be told. Last year, as the reader may well remember, Governor Andrew Cuomo flexed his “I’m the boss” muscle and tried to ram down the throats of NYS residents a gross expansion of abortion. The Assembly caved, and the Senate almost did the same, except for some particularly brave and committed senators. (A future post will show who said yea or nay).
For perspective, one should remember that NYS is widely seen as the abortion capital of the United States. Governor Cuomo’s legislation (which he claims to have personally drafted himself, apparently infringing on the rights of the legislature) was principally targeted at allowing abortion up to the time of delivery, of allowing non-physicians to perform abortions, and giving no protection of conscience rights to those who see such legislation and its spawn as fatally compromising their own souls!
Governor Cuomo tucked his abortion legislation into a 10-point document for which the first nine points were almost trumped-up tweaks of “women’s rights.” He likes to use misleading titles (like the name SAFE Act to mask infringement of 2nd Amendment rights) so it is not surprising that he would dub the disguise for abortion as the “Women’s Equality Act.” Most people of fair mind would see that abortion has nothing to do with equality! Men are not having abortions, are they?
If Governor Cuomo really (REALLY!) had cared about his first nine points (the ones disguising the 10th and abominable part) he would have accepted that the Senate did pass the first nine points and signed those into law. The 10th point, the abortion plank, failed in the Senate, by ONE VOTE.
Why didn’t Governor Cuomo settle for getting nine out of ten? Because he has to win everything no matter how so many other believe? Or because the first nine points were really only a disguise for expanded abortion? If he had accepted those nine to pass and be enacted into law, he would have lost the disguise for the wild expansion of abortion. So, instead of accepting what he had argued women so needed, he left them and those nine points hostage to what seems more like a tempter tantrum than responsible governance, in my opinion.
Now NYS must face the battle again, while trying to protect its very soul (not to mention the souls of legislators who are duped, pressured or trampled into voting for such appalling legislation.) On Monday, January 27, still in the afterglow of a successful 41st March for Life in Washington D. C., we learned that Cuomo’s legislation was again passed by the Assembly. It is poised to go to the upper chamber, to try to accomplish what couldn’t be done last year. We don’t know the exact date this will happen, and there will doubtless be much misleading information and then a surprise session (that seems to be how Governor Cuomo’s ALBANY does things), but that is no reason for us not to be prepared, to do all that we can to secure the human rights of the unborn, beginning with prayer. It is a sad world that keeps up such an onslaught, but that is how evil works.
Keep an eye on this blog to learn more about events, especially in Western New York, where we can do our part to give honor and glory to God, the source of all life, even the lives of those who hate life so much that they want to murder in the womb.]]>