Here are some of features from the June 2013 issue of Long Island Catholic Magazine. To subscribe click here.
From the Editor
By Rick Hinshaw
Gosnell and Cuomo
Most appalling about the video “Inhuman: Undercover in America’s Late-Term Abortion Industry” (youtube.com) is the callousness of the staff at a Bronx abortion mill as they discuss a late term abortion with a prospective “patient” who is six months pregnant.
Describing the two-day procedure, a staffer explains that “seaweed” implanted the first day “kills the heartbeat.”
Asked the size of “it” (the baby), the staffer says, “It’s six months, it’s full grown.”
“You mean it has all the parts and stuff?”
Will it “come out” intact?
“No, it starts falling apart” during the procedure. But “if it does come out in one piece it’s very small.”
“What if it’s like twitching” when it “comes out?”
Well, the staffer explains, it’s put in a “toxic” solution, and “the solution will make it stop. That’s the whole purpose of the solution. It won’t be able to breathe anymore.”
So, according to this staffer — an 11 year employee of the euphemistically named Dr. Emily Women’s Health Center — seaweed is used “to kill the heartbeat” and a toxic solution to stop the breathing (after an infant has been born alive during an attempted abortion); and yet, another staffer pointedly corrects the “patient” when she asks how “it” is “killed”:
“We don’t use the word ‘kill’; we say ‘terminate.’”
“What if it just kind of pops out?” while she as at home between the procedure’s first and second day, the “patient” asks.
“If it comes out, it comes out. Just flush it”!
Just as appalling is the confirmation that this and other undercover work by the pro-life organization LiveAction provide, that the horror house run by Pennsylvania abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell is no aberration. (Gosnell was convicted last month of murdering three infants born alive during his attempts to abort them. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman undergoing an abortion, as well as hundreds of other crimes ranging from infanticide to running a corrupt organization.)
“The gruesome and inhuman practices exposed in Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ (the term used by the grand jury that indicted him) are business as usual for the abortion industry in America,” said LiveAction president Lila Rose.
For those of us who are pro-life, this is hardly surprising. As the intent of every abortion is to end a pre-born human life, questions of “early or late term,” or whether death occurs pre-or post-natal, seem a distinction without a difference. While it may be more excruciatingly painful for babies to be killed late-term or after being born, the end result is the same: they are dead.
For those, however, who insist that there is a moral distinction between early and late-term abortions — and who continue, as President Obama did recently, to recite Bill Clinton’s “safe, legal and rare” abortion mantra — one would expect to find them in the forefront of promoting laws and policies — and upholding and enforcing existing laws — to protect women; to provide alternatives to abortion; to restrict late term abortion; and to at least prohibit the killing of babies after they are born.
Yet here in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to move us in exactly the opposite direction. Just as the Gosnell trial was exposing abortion clinic horrors perpetrated against women and newborn children — horrors that the Pennsylvania grand jury charged were a direct result of pro-abortion Gov. Tom Ridge’s refusal to enforce existing laws and regulations; and just as LiveAction’s undercover operations were exposing similar conditions in abortion mills here in New York and elsewhere, Gov. Cuomo was pushing for legislation that would expand late-term abortion; that would further endanger women by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions; and that would undermine state programs that offer alternatives to abortion.
Safe, legal and rare? Well, if our governor has his way, abortion in New York will certainly be legal — at any time, for any reason, absent virtually any restrictions; it certainly won’t be rare, with no restrictions and a dearth of state-provided alternatives; and it certainly won’t be made safer for women with non-doctors doing abortions and without any apparent intent to enhance state oversight of abortion clinics.
As we went to press, Gov. Cuomo was still pressing for radical expansion of abortion in our state. Thankfully, state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has strongly and publicly denounced the governor’s extremist pro-abortion agenda. We need to thank Sen. Skelos, and urge him, and your own state Senator, to stand firm lest the governor succeed in ramming his bill through in these waning days of the legislative session.
To make your voice heard, visit the N.Y. State Catholic Conference website at nyscatholic.org.
Bishop Murphy appoints 16 new pastors
Bishop William Murphy has made the following appointment of new pastors, effective June 22:
Father Brian Barr, from administrator of St. Mary of the Isle parish, Long Beach to pastor of St. Mary of the Isle parish, Long Beach.
Msgr. Robert Batule, from professor at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie to pastor of Corpus Christi parish, Mineola.
Father Marian Bicz, from pastor of Our Lady of Ostrabrama parish, Cutchogue, to pastor of St. Hyacinth parish, Glen Head.
Msgr. Robert Clerkin, from pastor of St. Paul the Apostle parish, Brookville to pastor of SS. Cyril and Methodius parish, Deer Park.
Father Frank Grieco, from associate pastor of St. Anthony of Padua parish, East Northport, to pastor of Holy Spirit parish, New Hyde Park.
Father Thomas Haggerty, from pastor of St. Raphael parish, East Meadow, to pastor of SS. Philip and James parish, Saint James.
Father Robert Holz, from associate pastor of St. Christopher parish, Baldwin to pastor of St. Raphael parish, East Meadow.
Father Michael Holzmann, from chaplain at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip, with residence at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Lindenhurst, to pastor of Holy Cross parish, Nesconset.
Father John McCartney, from administrator of St. Mary parish, Roslyn to pastor of Saint Mary parish, Roslyn.
Msgr. James McNamara, from pastor of Holy Cross parish, Nesconset to Assistant to the Episcopal Vicars and pastor of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal parish, Point Lookout.
Msgr. James Pereda, to pastor of St. Paul the Apostle parish, Brookville, while remaining as Judicial Vicar for the Diocesan Tribunal.
Father Valentine Rebello, from associate pastor of St. Barnabas the Apostle parish, Bellmore to pastor of St. Pius X parish, Plainview.
Msgr. Gerard Ringenback, from pastor of St. Bernard parish, Levittown to pastor of Good Shepherd parish, Holbrook.
Msgr. Ralph Sommer, from pastor of St. Brigid parish, Westbury to pastor of St. Bernard parish, Levittown.
Father Anthony Stanganelli, from pastor of SS. Philip and James parish, Saint James to pastor of St. Brigid parish, Westbury.
Father Stanislaw Wadowski, from associate pastor of St. Kilian parish, Farmingdale to pastor of Our Lady of Ostrabrama parish, Cutchogue.
Faith is a beautiful thing
by Salvatore Restivo, state deputy of the New York State Council, Knights of Columbus.
“Supposedly? Salvatore! Did you say Christ supposedly rose to heaven on Ascension Thursday?”
“Well, Sister, I don’t know. I wasn’t there!”
As that exchange back in 1965 at St. Leo’s Catholic School in Corona illustrates, I questioned everything back then: in my own mind; in debates around the dinner table; and at Mater Christi High School, where the Christian Brothers fueled my curiosity by encouraging us to think and question.
By high school graduation, I knew I had to find in my own heart and mind what I truly believed. After four years of college, I was still searching and by then a fallen away Catholic.
I had this notion that my faith was just that, my faith, my beliefs. What did I believe? Was I a Catholic because I chose to be through reason and understanding? Was my catholicity predetermined because I was born to Catholic parents? Do I have a choice or is being Catholic like being Italian? I began my search based on reason. I needed to come to grips with my questions and answers: Am I really a Catholic? Do I really want to be a Catholic?
While pursuing an M.S. degree in environmental studies, I acquired a teaching position at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Elementary School in Corona. Teaching history, math, reading and religion opened new doors of understanding to me. Teaching the Catholic religion to fifth and seventh graders put my quest front and center. I had to be true to myself and my students. Studying the environmental sciences and teaching Christian doctrine I realized being Catholic was important to me because of the simple fact that we believe in the Trinity. If I accepted that the foundation of my faith was to know, love and serve God, then studying creation and the sciences that deal with the environment would give me insight into the Creator, God the Father. Reading Scripture and focusing on the Redeemer, God the Son, would also help me understand. The Holy Spirit, I believe, connects to us in many ways if we are receptive. So being a Catholic offered me more opportunities to know, love and serve God. I reconciled myself to the Catholic Church through reason, understanding and of course faith, which is a beautiful thing.
The Knights of Columbus, which my bi-monthly column will focus upon, offered me opportunities to put my faith into practical terms. In 32 years as a Knight, I have been involved in projects to support the less fortunate, the pro life cause, religious vocations, to be an active Catholic and build Catholic community. Simply put, the Knights of Columbus has offered me many opportunities to be an instrument of God’s love to His people.
I hope to bring to light many of the activities of the Knights of Columbus in our Diocese of Rockville Centre. I hope you will gain an understanding of my brother Knights and know them for the Catholic gentlemen they are.