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|| letters: Help fight the no-fault divorce system for the sanctity of marriage?|
*Can you spare 10 minutes to help fight the no-fault divorce system for the sanctity of marriage?*
Bai Macfarlane needs help to let the Bishop in Cleveland and the Vatican know that there are faithful Catholics who are very concerned about the indissolubility of marriage and that we want the Church authorities to speak the truth on this matter.
If you are unfamiliar with this divorce proceeding, please refer to Bai's website: www.marysadvocates.org for further details.
Please consider doing a 10-minute favour for Bai:
1) spend a few minutes writing your own quick message to her husband Bud (who several times over the years has himself written to members of the website CatholiCity to encourage people to remember the indissolubility of marriage and the Church's position on divorce).
2) send a copy to the bishop using the cover letter sample below or write your own
3) send a copy of both letters to the Ambassador to the United States from the Vatican, using the enclosed cover letter or write your own.
Bai says she is hoping these letters have more impact if there are many of them received the same week by the Ambassador from the Vatican. Please e-mail this message to any others who may want to help this way, too.
In your cover letter to Bishop Pilla, Bai suggests saying:
city, state zip
Most Rev. Anthony Pilla
1027 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
[ if you use e-mail: email@example.com and state "Message to Bishop Pilla regarding Macfarlane Scandal" in the Subject line]
I have enclosed for your consideration a copy of a letter I just wrote to Mr. William "Bud" Macfarlane, a professed loyal Catholic, who is causing great scandal among thousands of Catholics who know he has separated from his wife and used the civil courts to forcibly remove their four children from their mother. Further, he has not obtained the ecclesiastical authorization required by canon law for separation, nor obtained the required authorization of his bishop before approaching the civil forum (canon 1151-1155, and 1692 copied below). I understand that people have been sending you letters since September asking for you to help this family.
Will you please assure me that you are taking appropriate action to ensure that Mr. Macfarlane has been authoritatively notified that he may not seek civil divorce without first obtaining a separation decree as described in canon laws that specify the just reasons to be separated from his wife; and second, that he must obtain from you, his bishop, a decree authorizing him to get a civil divorce that considers which civil court orders will not contradict divine law. I trust you will advise him of the consequences a Catholic faces who deliberately ignores the laws of Christ and His Church as specified in the Code of Canon Law.
Can. 1153 §1 A spouse who occasions grave danger of soul or body to the other or to the children, or otherwise makes the common life unduly difficult, provides the other spouse with a reason to leave, either by a decree of the local Ordinary or, if there is danger in delay, even on his or her own authority. §2 In all cases, when the reason for separation ceases, the common conjugal life is to be restored, unless otherwise provided by ecclesiastical authority.
Can. 1692 -- § 1. Unless lawfully provided otherwise in particular places, the personal separation of baptized spouses can be decided by a decree of the diocesan Bishop or by the judgment of a judge in accordance with the following canons.
§ 2. Where the ecclesiastical decision does not provide civil effects, or if it is foreseen that there will be a civil judgment not contrary to the divine law, the Bishop of the diocese in which the spouses are living can, in the light of their particular circumstances, give them permission to approach the civil courts.
§ 3. If the case is also concerned with the merely civil effects of marriage, the judge is to endeavor, without prejudice to the provision of § 2, to have the case brought before the civil court from the very beginning.
I'm looking forward to your reply, and I do pray that God bless you as you undertake your pastoral responsibilities in the Cleveland Diocese.
Enclosure: Letter to William "Bud" Macfarlane
C: His Excellency Gabriele Montalvo, Ambassador of The Holy See to the United States
AMBASSADOR FROM THE VATICAN
In the letter to the Ambassador of The Holy See to the United States,
[ http://www.washdiplomat.com/ambprof/holysee.html ]
Bai suggests saying:
City, State Zip
Most Rev. Gabriele Montalvo
Embassy of The Holy See
3339 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
I have enclosed for your consideration a copy of a letter to the Most Rev. Anthony Pilla, Bishop of the Cleveland Diocese. For six months, Bishop Pilla has been advised of the concerns of many faithful Catholics about the scandal being caused by William "Bud" Macfarlane, a famous Catholic in his diocese who is known to hundreds of thousands of Catholics worldwide. Mr. Macfarlane, author, and executive director of the Mary Foundation, has separated from his wife and used the divorce courts to forcibly remove his children from their devoted mother, but he has not obtained the ecclesiastical authorization required by canon law for separation or civil divorce. The letter I just wrote to Mr. Macfarlane is also enclosed.
Mr. Macfarlane recently wrote about his respect for the bishop: "Your bishop is the direct representative of Christ's kingship in your life, more so than even the pope. As an act of love, respect, and gratitude for the gift from Jesus that this man is to you, attend Mass at the heart of your diocese to offer your Communion just for him. Most cathedrals have daily Confession, too. Receive the priceless gift of absolution through the priests your bishop has appointed to the cathedral." (Mar. 9, 2005 newsletter, http://www.catholicity.com/catholicitymessage/archives/wm2005-03 -09.html)
It seems Mr. Macfarlane would follow church teaching regarding separation and divorce if his bishop would authoritatively advise him of his obligations. As the Pope teaches, "One cannot give in to the divorce mentality: [...] Pastoral activity must support and promote indissolubility. The doctrinal aspects should be transmitted, clarified and defended, but even more important are consistent actions" (Jan. 28 2002 to Roman Rota).
In order to minimize scandal, I ask that the faithful be advised that the ecclesiastic authorities have intervened appropriately. We would like to know if Mr. Macfarlane has not properly followed Church teaching by abandoning his wife and seeking divorce, or that he has properly followed Church teaching and an ecclesiastic decree has been issued authorizing him to permanently separate from his wife and to approach the civil forum for divorce.
Enclosures: Letter to Most Rev. Anthony Pilla, Bishop of Cleveland, OH
Letter to William N. Macfarlane, director of the Mary Foundation
Bai suggests you say whatever you feel inspired to say, knowing that others have written and it has had no effect:
You can contact Bud using his fill-in-the blank form on his website, found at:
If you use US mail, please note on the address that this a personal note to Bud and NOT regarding Mary Foundation business. The mail is opened by other staffers and it would an inappropriate use of their time to have to open this kind of mail. The postal address for Bud is:
The Mary Foundation
PO Box 26101
Fairview Park, OH 44126-0101
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|| letters: May We Ever Break the Law?|
Anonymous writes "(Fr. Frank Pavone's Bi-Weekly Column)|
March 28, 2005
Dear Friends, The Terri Schiavo situation has brought a sad awareness to many of our fellow citizens about how heartless the culture of death is. Please be assured that no matter what happens in the next few days, we as a people of life will stand together and will, in God's strength, turn back this tide of evil and destruction.
Many negotiations are still going on behind the scenes, and Priests for Life is doing everything possible. Moreover, we are in discussion with other leaders about plans for legislation that will prevent this kind of disaster from ever happening again, not only by directly protecting the vulnerable, but also by limiting the power of the courts.
Meanwhile, I would like to deliver your messages and good wishes in person to Terri's parents Bob and Mary, to her brother Bobby, and to her sister Suzanne.
If you want to send them a greeting or a promise of prayers, just email Terri@priestsforlife.org , and I will hand-deliver them every greeting you send.
On other matters, there is a new online poll on our web page www.priestsforlife.org. The question for April is, "Should the United States Congress exercise veto power over Supreme Court decisions?" As always, your opinion is welcome. And while you're there, stop in to see our products at www.priestsforlife.org/products God bless you!
Fr. Frank Pavone
Breaking the Law Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life
I have never broken the law. I have never been arrested.
Yet I often think of Bishop Austin Vaughan, auxiliary bishop of New York, who in the last years of his life of faithful service to the Church, was arrested and imprisoned many times for rescuing unborn babies. He saw what Christians were doing across the country as they peacefully blocked the doors of abortion mills to put their bodies between the babies and the instruments of death. Then one day he looked at his episcopal ring, and realized that the three figures on it -- St.
Paul, and the Lord Jesus -- had all been arrested and imprisoned! He no longer hesitated to do so too, if it was the price to pay for saving lives.
Human reason, Scripture, and history teach us that while we are called to be law- abiding citizens, breaking the law is not always wrong. Take, for example, someone who breaks down the door of a neighbor's apartment to put out a fire, or jumps over a fence past the "no trespassing" sign into a neighbor's yard to save a child drowning in a swimming pool. Those cases make it clear that saving life takes precedence over laws the preserve less important values.
Lessons from Scripture abound. The apostles were given strict orders not to teach in the name of Jesus (see Acts 4 and 5). Should they have obeyed? If they had, we would not know the Gospel. Would we obey if that order were given to us? What exactly would we say to the assembled crowd on Sunday morning if such a law had been passed on Friday?
In Exodus, we read, "The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives...'When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth ... if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.' The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live" (Ex. 1:15-17). They disobeyed the king's order because it conflicted with a higher law, God's command never to kill the innocent. Daniel went to the lion's den because he disobeyed a law prohibiting prayer (Daniel 6).
History shows us Christians martyred for disobeying Caesar, people rescuing slaves, protecting Jews from the Holocaust, and resisting segregation -- all in violation of the law but in support of justice. The list of examples fills many volumes.
We risk failure if we ignore the lessons of history and the principles of Scripture.
It's easy to look back at those who broke the law in these cases and praise them.
But when the same challenges that they faced face us, we find it difficult to acknowledge that sometimes the law must be broken. That's because now, the sacrifices will be made by us.
I have never broken the law. I have never been arrested. But I simply cannot guarantee that I never will.
Violando la Ley Nunca he violado la Ley. Nunca me han arrestado.
Sin embargo, a menudo pienso en Monseñor Austin Vaughan, obispo auxiliar de Nueva Cork, quien durante los últimos años de su vida de servicio fiel a la Iglesia, fue arrestado y encarcelado varias veces por rescatar niños por nacer. Había visto lo que hacían los cristianos a lo largo y a lo ancho del país cuando bloqueaban pacíficamente el acceso a los abortuarios interponiendo sus cuerpos entre los bebés y la muerte inminente. Un buen día miró su anillo episcopal y se dio cuenta que las tres imágenes grabadas en él eran las de San Pedro, San Pablo y el Señor Jesús. ¡Todos ellos habían sido arrestados y encarcelados! A partir de ese instante, no dudó más en arriesgarse a que le sucediera lo mismo si ese era el precio que debía pagar por salvar vidas.
La razón humana, la Sagrada Escritura y la historia nos enseñan que aunque estamos llamados a ser ciudadanos respetuosos de la Ley, no siempre está mal quebrantarla. Piensen, por ejemplo, en alguien que rompe la puerta de su vecino para apagar un incendio, o salta sobre una cerca que tiene un cartel que dice "prohibido pasar" para entrar al jardín del vecino y salvar un niño que está ahogándose. Esos casos demuestran que salvar una vida tiene precedencia sobre Leyes que preservan valores menos importantes.
En la Sagrada Escritura abundan los ejemplos. Los apóstoles recibieron órdenes estrictas de no enseñar en nombre de Jesús. (Vean los capítulos 4 y 5 de los Hechos de los Apóstoles). ¿Deberían haber obedecido? Si lo hubieran hecho, no conoceríamos el Evangelio. ¿Obedeceríamos si nos dieran esa orden? ¿Qué le diríamos a la asamblea reunida el domingo si se sancionara esa Ley el viernes?
En el libro del Exodo leemos que "el rey de Egipto dio también orden a las parteras de las hebreas... "Cuando asistáis a las hebreas...si es niño hacedle morir; si es niña dejadla con vida." Pero las parteras temían a Dios y no hicieron lo que les había mandado el rey de Egipto, sino que dejaban con vida a los niños."
(Ex. 1:15-17) Desobedecieron la orden del rey porque estaba en conflicto con una Ley superior: el mandamiento de Dios de no matar nunca al inocente. Daniel fue a parar a la jaula del león porque desobedeció una Ley que prohibía rezar (Daniel
La historia nos dice que los cristianos fueron martirizados por desobedecer al César, hubo gente que rescató esclavos, protegió a judíos durante el Holocausto y resistió la segregación, todo ello violando la Ley para promover la justicia.
La lista de ejemplos alcanzaría para llenar muchos tomos.
Nos arriesgamos a fracasar si ignoramos las lecciones de la historia y los principios de la Escritura. Es fácil mirar atrás y reconocer a quienes violaron la Ley en otros casos y alabarlos. Mas cuando enfrentamos los mismos desafíos nos cuesta reconocer que a veces debemos violar la Ley. Y eso porque ahora somos nosotros los que tenemos que sacrificarnos.
Nunca he quebrantado la Ley. Nunca he sido arrestado. Simplemente, no puedo asegurar que nunca lo seré.
"Note: Posted on the www.CatholicMoms.com website.
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|| letters: Urgent:Terri's S. life hangs in the balance now!|
Anonymous writes " Jmjmk@aol.com |
Urgent:Terri's S. life hangs in the balance now! Please act NOW!!!!
I SENT THE FOLLOWING LETTER OUT A FEW DAYS AGO.
I AM SENDING IT AGAIN TO ASK YOU TO PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND WRITE TO MRS. CARTER! ASK FOR HER HELP NOW! (READ BELOW)
IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR YOU AT THIS TIME TO DROP ALL BIASES, ISSUES, PREJUDICES, AGENDAS, MOTIVATIONS AND ANY OF THE REASONS THAT BROUGHT YOU TO THIS BATTLE TO HELP TERRI. EVEN IF WE DO NOT HAVE THE SAME REASONS FOR WHY WE ARE HERE TO FIGHT THIS BATTLE, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE NOW STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER IN THE BATTLE!
ONCE TERRI IS GONE, THE ISSUE THEN BECOMES NOT "WHY" BUT "WHO" WILL BE NEXT?
IF YOU THINK THIS VERY SITUATION CANNOT HAPPEN TO YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE, YOU ARE WRONG!
THIS WILL COST YOU ONE 37 CENT STAMP AND FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME, IF YOU DON'T STOP AND ASK FOR HELP, IT WILL COST TERRI HER LIFE.
MRS. CARTER HELPS WITH HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES.
YOUR LETTERS MUST BE MAILED TO HER VIA THE US POSTAL SERVICE AND NOT BE SENT BY FAX OR EMAIL.
PLEASE WRITE YOUR LETTER NOW!!!
STRESS THE NEED TO SAVE TERRI'S LIFE NOT THE REASONS WHY YOU HAVE JOINED THE BATTLE!
PLEASE FORWARD THIS LETTER ON TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR TERRI! THE CLOCK IS TICKING!
Dear Terri Supporters,
Terri's life is in grave danger! Michael Schiavo and George Felos are again counting down the days they can put Terri to death!
We as Terri's supporters must join efforts and help to save her life.
Terri is a live human being. She may be disabled and in a wheelchair, however, she feels, laughs, hurts, moves, responds, thinks, becomes frightened and cries just like you and I do. She will be afraid and she will feel pain the day Michael Schiavo walks into her room and inflicts the cruel death of dehydration and starvation upon her.
If we don't act now, within days it may be too late.
I ask you to please help Terri by joining me in a massive letter writing campaign effort. Only five minutes of your time each day and one 37 cent stamp will include you in on a rescue mission to save an innocent disabled woman's life. Please help me! Please help Terri! She needs your help.
Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, former first lady is head of the Rosalynn Carter Institute at Georgia Southwestern State University. They help family caregivers provide better care to vulnerable loved ones. She also chairs The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Atlanta and co-chairs the Center's Human Rights Program with former President Jimmy Carter.
Please write a letter to Mrs. Carter and ask her to speak out on behalf of Terri. Please mention in your letter that this is a human rights issue and express urgency for her help in Terri's cause. Include in your letter that we as a civilized society cannot stand by and allow death by starvation and dehydration to happen to people just because they are disabled.
Thank you so much.
Cheryl Ford R.N.
Mrs. Rosalynn Carter
THE CARTER CENTER
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
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