More from Charleston and Greenville –

From Msgr. Laughlin’s statement:

CHARLESTON, S.C. (November 14, 2008) – This past week, the Catholic Church’s clear,
moral teaching on the evil of abortion has been pulled into the partisan political arena. The
recent comments of Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in
Greenville, S.C., have diverted the focus from the Church’s clear position against abortion. As
Administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, let me state with clarity that Father Newman’s
statements do not adequately reflect the Catholic Church’s teachings. Any comments or
statements to the contrary are repudiated.

However, I do dispute Msgr. Laughlin’s claim. I dispute it passionately!

Father Newman did not divert focus from the Church’s position against abortion. Father Newman’s statements do very clearly reflect the Catholic Church’s teachings.

Father Newman reminded his parish that the Catholic Church steadfastly, and without equivocation, opposes abortion. He reminded his parish that support of abortion – by promoting it, recommending it, advising it, providing it, or otherwise condoning that practice – is grave matter.

He reminded his flock that voting for a pro-abortion candidate when a reasonable alternative exists is grave matter.

In a letter to his parishioners to be disbursed on Sunday, forwarded to me by a friend in the parish, he says his written commentary to the Greenville, SC, paper and Associated Press included this statement:

I cannot and will not refuse Holy Communion to anyone because of his
or her political opinions or choices, even as I continue to teach what
the Church teaches about the necessity of being in full, visible
communion with the Church before receiving the sacraments. Only those
who believe what the Catholic Church teaches and who seek to live
according to that teaching should even be interested in receiving the
sacraments of the Church, and on the question of the intrinsic and
grave evil of abortion, there is and can be no doubt about what the
Church teaches.

The AP turned that remark, and the observation that Barack Hussein Obama is the single most liberal pro-abort Senator and Presidential candidate in our history, into the headline “No Communion for Obama Supporters.”

That twisting of the facts is a flagrant distortion of the priest’s own words.

And the diocesan administrator has evidently not troubled himself to confer with Fr. Newman before issuing his statement – which has in the past hour been removed from his website and replaced with an embedded video, only.

Please continue to pray for Father Newman. He is being wrongly accused, vilified, and rebuked.

White Martyrdom begins

White martyrdom is persecution. It is happening, from what I see, to Father Newman of St. Mary’s in Greenville, SC. Last Sunday, Father Newman distributed a letter which instructed his parishioners that – because voting for a pro-abort candidate was complicity with grave evil – anyone who voted for Obama should be sure to go to Confession before presenting themselves for Communion.

A veritable firestorm has broken out. The instructions of the former bishop of Charleston seem to support this decision – Bishop Baker signed an agreement between Charleston, Charlotte, and the Archdiocese of Atlanta to deny Communion to pro-abort politicians.

Sadly, the current diocesan administrator, Msgr. McLaughlin, appears not to have remembered that precedent; he has issued a statement in opposition to Father Newman, accusing him of partisan politics in violation of the Church’s stance on engagement with political concerns.

Msgr. McLauglin will be hearing from me. Fr. Newman pointed out that, had the other party’s platform included a strong support for FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act, which seeks to overturn the Bush ban on partial-birth abortion and the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act), he would have been just as outspoken about it, too. It is the pro-abort policy and promises made by the individual candidate – and the Church is very clear in her insistence that Life Issues are the most important concerns facing Christians in the voting booth.

Pray for Father Newman, won’t you, please? A friend in Greenville tells me he received over a thousand emails in a 4-hour period, last night, and now that major networks have picked up the item, the heat will only increase. You can see from the comments on WRAL.COM webpage (I’m lauraleigh, in case it isn’t obvious) that the general sentiment is not in favor of the good Father.

I left a phone message and sent an email this morning. I would post the parish website here, but it’s down at the present.

More to follow –

and I don’t mean just about Fr. Newman. When administrators within the Church turn on a faithful priest who has told his flock what they need to know for the sake of their immortal souls, you know that ordinary laypeople like you and me are at very high risk, within the church as well as in the world. We expect to be hated in the world; it’s always a bitter shock to encounter hostility and contempt within the church.

Things are only going to get worse in the coming months.

Another of my heroes –

SC Priest, Father Jay Scott Newman, has stirred a lot of controversy among liberals for a letter he has sent out, warning his flock that those Catholics who voted for Obama are complicit in the grave sin of supporting abortion, and should go to Confession before presenting themselves for Holy Communion.

I don’t know what Newman’s bishop is saying about this, but I hope with all my heart that he is supporting Father Newman in this courageous stance for Truth.

Do, please, pray for Father Newman. And consider writing a letter or email of support and encouragement to him, won’t you? I’m reluctant to place too much info here in my blog, but you can find it easily enough with a very short Google trail…

More and more –

– it feels as if my studies are not preparing me for a career, but for the identity of Warrior Princess. This is Basic Training – or maybe a somewhat more advanced course of study? for spiritual warfare.

I am so proud of the American Bishops for speaking out in opposition of Obama’s reported intended liberalization of abortion policy. BHO has already demonstrated that he does not brook opposition; I think we are going to be in for it.

May God find us faithful.

Taking up the Armor of Christ

I am nearly 100% persuaded that I am to join the Knights of the Immaculata – the Militia Immaculata – begun in 1917 by St. Maximilian Kolbe.

For weeks now, I’ve had the phrase “warrior princess” pounding around my mind, my imagination.

I feel that we are on the brink of great turmoil and upheaval, that Christians will be very actively and deliberately persecuted – religious speech will be curtailed (from the now-deleted Agenda at

The battle is raging. Will you join, too?

And more obscuring, still –

As of last night, the entire AGENDA section of has been deleted. Some of it had already been edited in the face of a lot of protest (compulsive volunteer service) but as more and more protests have arisen, evidently Obama’s Chief of Website (a new cabinet post?) decided that it would be prudent to simply delete the agenda.

Doesn’t mean the agenda is altered – just that now we can’t see it in advance and prepare for it.