Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Wonderful Woman and Catholic Democrat

Pennsylvania's Beloved Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll Dies after battle with cancer

HARRISBURG - Catherine Baker Knoll, nearing the end of her sixth year as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, died Wednesday after a four-month illness involving both cancer and a lingering infection.

Her death came unexpectedly while undergoing physical therapy at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.. She had gone there following several weeks of treatment and observation related to cancer that was detected this past summer. She was treated at Hershey Medical Center and more recently, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

"She fought this illness with the same tenacity she brought to a lifetime of public service," said her son Albert Baker Knoll. "Our mother loved working for the people of Pennsylvania and was proud of the friendship she enjoyed throughout the Commonwealth."

Lt. Governor Knoll previously had served for eight years as State Treasurer, and her successful run in 2002 for the lieutenant governor's office solidified her place in Pennsylvania history as the first woman to serve in that capacity.

Funeral arraignments are pending and will be announced later by family members. Lt. Governor Knoll had three sons, Albert Knoll, Dr. Kim Eric Knoll, and Charles Knoll, Esq., and a daughter Mina Baker Knoll, C.P.A.. Her Husband Charles, Sr., died in 1987.


shiloh said...

May she rest in peace!

For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die! ~ Ted Kennedy

Rustler45 said...

Oh great! Ted Kennedy! I shoulda known Shyter, that you are a Ted Kennedy Democrat.

No wonder you love "poor-life consevRATive" Doug Keymac, and your favorite movie star Martin Shame. I bet your favorite female star is Shirley Maclame.

No wonder your comments are so insipid, tedious, and boringly predictable.

Shyter you're boring.

CatholicsForDemocracy said...

"Shyter you're boring."

Speaking of boring...

shiloh said...

Rust, if I'm so boring, why are you sooo obsessed w/my Blog !?!

Again, another rhetorical question ...

take care, blessings

p.s. Someone dies of Cancer and you make another nauseating post. Pretty much sums up your pathetic life in a nutshell! No humanity, very sad!

Rustler45 said...

Obama and the Laughable Beast
"But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them: thou shalt bring all the nations to nothing."

Christopher A. Ferrara REMNANT COLUMNIST, New Jersey
Posted 11/07/08

Barack Hussein Obama, staunch defender of a form of infanticide that Caligula would have found appalling, is now President of the United States of America, thanks to the votes of 63 million Americans. Why is it that despite my months-long dread of the impending Obama presidency, at the moment I feel nothing but an urge to suppress a howl of laughter at this absurd development? During Obama’s long campaign for the White House no one was allowed to see his original doctor-generated Hawaiian birth certificate (if there is one), his applications to Occidental College and Columbia, his Harvard Law School application and his application to the Illinois bar (all of which would provide clues as to his origins), his college transcripts, his law school transcript, anything he ever wrote in law school, a list of the clients he has represented, or even his medical records. He admits to habitual cocaine use in high school, and his associates include an unrepentant terrorist bomber and a convicted felon who gave him a sweetheart real estate deal before going to jail. One of his half-brothers lives in a hut in Kenya. His father had three wives, six sons and a daughter, about whom we know nothing. His aunt, whom he depicts lovingly in his memoir, is an illegal alien defying a deportation order while living in a public housing project in Boston. Obama claims he had no idea of his aunt’s immigration status, and he has returned the illegal campaign contributions she gave him. It appears his campaign received thousands of illegal donations from anonymous or pseudonymous foreigners.

Although no one is allowed to see his baptismal certificate (if there is one), this Muslim-named man of mystery, who had a Muslim father and a Muslim stepfather, was registered as a Muslim at his Indonesian elementary school, was instructed in the Koran and attended a local Indonesian mosque as a boy, now claims to be a follower of Jesus. That is, the customizable American Jesus who approves of abortion on demand throughout the nine months of pregnancy, which Obama has vowed to impose by federal law. In the nation of Kenya, Muslims are dancing in the streets to celebrate America’s election of this "Christian" as President, and the Kenyan government has declared a national holiday. Small wonder. Only two years ago Obama traveled to Kenya to campaign for Raila Odinga, the Marxist radical who was seeking the presidency of Kenya with the support of its Muslim community after having spent eight years in prison for his role in a bloody coup d'├ętat attempt in 1982. Odinga’s and Obama’s fathers came from the Luo tribe, the second-largest tribe in Kenya, and Odinga identifies Obama as his cousin. In 2007 Odinga signed a memorandum of understanding with Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, in which Odinga promised, if elected, to impose Islam as the state religion, to give Islamic leaders the right "to monitor activities of ALL other religions [emphasis in original]" to prohibit public preaching by Christians, and to establish Sharia courts throughout the country. (Washington Times, October 12, 2008). During one of his many appearances with Odinga, Obama sounded a familiar theme: "Kenyans are now yearning for change." They were also yearning for blood. After Obama’s cousin lost by 230,000 votes, his Muslim supporters went on a genocidal rampage, murdering some 1500 people, including 50 congregants of an Assembly of God church that was burned to the ground after they were locked inside.

The election of Barack Hussein Obama as President is, of course, a monstrous joke, as is the nation that accorded him its highest office. This bizarre election bears out, perhaps more than any other in history, the famous simile of Plato’s Socrates, who compares the mass of voters in a democracy—the worst form of government—to a wild beast the Sophist politician tames by learning "how it is to be approached and touched, and when and by what things it is made most savage or gentle, yes, and the several sounds it is wont to utter on the occasion of each, and again what sounds uttered by another make it tame or fierce…"

Read the Rest

Rustler45 said...

Did you read that folks? He's first generation out of the jungle!

We sure did it didn't we?

Just wait till he takes off the sheep's clothing.

ringo stalin said...

wow go look her up.....what a low rent old broad......

Mattheus Mei said...

It's sad this woman has passed, her family is greived deserve our prayers. God rest her soul.

ringo stalin said...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."
The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.

"Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president," Newman wrote, referring to Obama by his full name, including his middle name of Hussein.

"Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exits constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ's Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation."

During the 2008 presidential campaign, many bishops spoke out on abortion more boldly than four years earlier, telling Catholic politicians and voters that the issue should be the most important consideration in setting policy and deciding which candidate to back. A few church leaders said parishioners risked their immortal soul by voting for candidates who support abortion rights.

But bishops differ on whether Catholic lawmakers—and voters—should refrain from receiving Communion if they diverge from church teaching on abortion. Each bishop sets policy in his own diocese. In their annual fall meeting, the nation's Catholic bishops vowed Tuesday to forcefully confront the Obama administration over its support for abortion rights.

According to national exit polls, 54 percent of Catholics chose Obama, who is Protestant. In South Carolina, which McCain carried, voters in Greenville County—traditionally seen as among the state's most conservative areas—went 61 percent for the Republican, and 37 percent for Obama.

"It was not an attempt to make a partisan point," Newman said in a telephone interview Thursday. "In fact, in this election, for the sake of argument, if the Republican candidate had been pro-abortion, and the Democratic candidate had been pro-life, everything that I wrote would have been exactly the same."

Conservative Catholics criticized Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004 for supporting abortion rights, with a few Catholic bishops saying Kerry should refrain from receiving Holy Communion because his views were contrary to church teachings.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said she had not heard of other churches taking this position in reaction to Obama's win. A Boston-based group that supports Catholic Democrats questioned the move, saying it was too extreme.

"Father Newman is off-base," said Steve Krueger, national director of Catholic Democrats. "He is acting beyond the authority of a parish priest to say what he did. ... Unfortunately, he is doing so in a manner that will be of great cost to those parishioners who did vote for Sens. Obama and Biden. There will be a spiritual cost to them for his words."

A man who has attended St. Mary's for 18 years said he welcomed Newman's message and anticipated it would inspire further discussion at the church.

"I don't understand anyone who would call themselves a Christian, let alone a Catholic, and could vote for someone who's a pro-abortion candidate," said Ted Kelly, 64, who volunteers his time as lector for the church. "You're talking about the murder of innocent beings."

ringo stalin said...

prove to me with catholic apologetics that the priest in the above post is wrong. not liberal rant but from the magisterium.

Mattheus Mei said...

I'm from this diocese and to quote a seminarian friend of mine, it's not if he's wrong or right, it's the approach -- and I suppose you'd have to know Fr. Newman:

The letter is a bit more moderate than the news article suggests. While I'm not unsympathetic with Fr. Newman, and he worded that paragraph very carefully, one could argue, for instance, whether the alternatives were plausibly pro-life for instance (McCain's stance on ESCR would be a problem, for instance).

As we've seen our Bishops are themselves hesitant as to how to proceed when we come to the question of politicians who support abortion, let alone the question of *voters* -- in this case a unilateral stance only sows confusion, and division among the local Body of Christ. The pastors at St. Anthony, or Prince of Peace, for instance, might not come to the same exact judgment.

The US Bishops as a body clarified that voting for a pro-abortion candidate FOR his support for abortion would be sinful, but they envisioned cases where one could "for grave reasons." (These weren't clarified and these paragraphs were used by Obama's supporters very cleverly. The problem really is that these are very complicated issues and very nuanced and don't lend themselves to our soundbyte culture). How to evaluate "material cooperation" is very complicated when it comes to the realm of voting, and I suspect there is a lot more complexity. I'm not (thankfully) a moral theologian, or (even more thankfully) a Bishop. It is a question I think that will require some exploration by the Church and her Shepherds.

At this stage, this seems a bit too precipitous for a local pastor to act. Fr. Newman is not a Bishop. He seems to be acting like one here. That's perhaps my biggest problem.

Not really a response as much as his (and my) two cents

Rustler45 said...

Little private notes to Shilow

CatholicsForDemocracy said...

"May God preserve me from the love of a friend who will never dare to rebuke me. May He preserve me from the friend who seeks to do nothing but change and correct me. But may He preserve me still more from one whose love is only satisfied by being rebuked."
-- Dom Thomas Merton

Rustler45 said...

Mattheus Mei said...
"It's sad this woman has passed, her family is greived deserve our prayers. God rest her soul."

Yes, God forgive her for stealing, lying, fraud, corruption and all the other liberal things she's done while pretending to be a Catholic.

I guess we can hope she made a good last confession.

Rustler45 said...

CatholicsForDemocracy said...
"May God preserve me blah blah blah blah blah."
-- Dom Thomas Merton

May God preserve me from from idiots like this. May he preserve me from friends who care so little for me that they withhold their correction.

Go read Sirach and Proverbs on "friends." Now we know why Thomas Merton committed suicide.

CatholicsForDemocracy said...

"Yes, God forgive her for stealing, lying, fraud, corruption and all the other liberal things she's done while pretending to be a Catholic.

I guess we can hope she made a good last confession."

Rustler, if you are really a Catholic, I pray you turn to a strong spiritual director or confessor. Nothing you say comes across, even remotely, as commentary from a spiritually-aware Catholic. You're spewing vile. Maybe an exorcist is in order?

shiloh said...

Rustler45 said...

If you open it back up I will be more than happy to write you a few more little personal notes.

Little private notes to Shilow

Rust it's already been well established that 1) you are obsessed w/Katherine's blog and 2) you are obsessed w/sending me little personal notes.

As I stated previously brother, 24/7 hate and obsession are unhealthy emotions ...

take care, blessings

p.s. hmm, little personal notes, Rust are you in the 3rd grade!

shiloh said...

Rust, let me assure you brother, I'm having more fun than humans should be allowed !!!

Change Has Come To America !!!

take care, blessings

CatholicsForDemocracy said...

"Now we know why Thomas Merton committed suicide."

Well, at least your modus operandi is consistent. Libel someone, whether Lt Gov Catherine Baker or Thomas Merton or anyone else whose thoughts or works you want to discredit. Then you leave everyone wasting their time defending people's character instead of responding positively (or critically) to the substance of the post. Then you have the nerve to call everyone you disagree with, in the blog or in the comments, liars. What does that say about your character, Hustler?

For the record, Thomas Merton did not commit suicide. He suffered an accidental death by touching a poorly-grounded electric fan while stepping out of a bath tub. But, of course, you knew that already. Liar!

mahmoud hussein said...

Attempting to discuss anything with rustler is like trying to explain to a meth tweaker that there are no shadow people.

shiloh said...

Rust, your comments keep disappearing, reappearing and disappearing again lol. As I mentioned previously copy/save/copy/paste is a lot of work brother, especially expecting a different result each time ie insanity!

But your continued obsession! w/Katherine's blog is reassuring ... ;)

take care, blessings

Anonymous said...

he is probably a compulsive handwasher too.