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  1. November 17, 2008 9:08 am

    Good job. Let us all pray we can find common ground with our new President and help change our culture to respect all life.

    peace to all

  2. November 17, 2008 10:01 am

    This is a good letter. I hope the President-Elect sees it and responds. Aside from it being the right thing to do, even from a pragmatic political perspective it makes sense for him to moderate his position and not zealously advocate for FOCA. Whatever motive pushes him, I hope that’s the result.

    I’ve posted the letter at my blog,

  3. November 17, 2008 10:08 am


    I think there is good hope that President-Elect Obama will be made aware of it. The more it is spread, the more not only he, but others will as well. I’ve made sure it has been sent to several key Obama-sources (online and offline), and there is also an effort to get national media attention to it. It does appear some of the media is favorable to giving it a hearing; hopefully the rest will follow!

  4. November 17, 2008 11:16 am

    I posted it at my blog.

  5. November 17, 2008 11:23 am


    Thanks for your support!

  6. November 17, 2008 11:51 am

    I’ve posted it, too. at Suicide of the West

  7. November 17, 2008 11:52 am

    Sorry: Suicide of the West

  8. November 17, 2008 12:19 pm


    Ok, got it.

  9. November 17, 2008 1:00 pm


    I think this letter is a step in the right direction. If you would like to add my name, please feel free to do so.

    I’ll put a link up to this post at SA today.

    Thanks for your work on this.

  10. November 17, 2008 1:00 pm

    Oh, and obviously, you can use my real name.

  11. grega permalink
    November 17, 2008 1:17 pm

    For me it is a false sense of modesty that the person (H. Karlson?) who initiated this
    effort does not sign first. Why so shy Mr. Karlson?
    What is the rationale behind the order of signees anyway?
    The way it appears now (to this outsider at least) Mr.Hudson is the most prominent signee in close second by Christopher Blosser.
    As Obama would perhaps say: “Come on – what is wrong with that picture”.

  12. November 17, 2008 1:24 pm

    Feddie: Done. And if anyone else, now having read the letter, wants to be added on to the electronic list of names, let me know. I will start adding them as well.

  13. November 17, 2008 1:25 pm


    I am the one who directly sent the letter to Obama to three different addresses. I am the one they have contact information for, if they want to contact me.

    If you think it is false modesty which led me to put my name lower on the list, so be it.

  14. November 17, 2008 1:25 pm

    Thanks, Henry. Sorry I was late to the game on this. The last few months for me have been extremely hectic.

  15. digbydolben permalink
    November 17, 2008 1:34 pm

    Although I find this to be a MOSTLY reasonable statement–just as I expected it to be, from you–I wonder how much of an influence you can hope to have with an Obama Administration, when it is coupled with THIS:

    Also, THIS part simply isn’t true:

    or to fund international organizations that would counsel women to have an abortion (this would make abortion to be more than a mere choice, but an encouraged activity).

    I had to research this issue extensively when I was acting as a high school forensics activity coach recently, in a Catholic high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What I and my debaters learnt was that the “international organizations” that the Bush Administration had cut funding to were NOT “counseling women to have an abortion“–that they were, instead, just citing abortion as ONE of a NUMBER of “family planning” techniques, and that they were often doing this for women who had been raped or abused–and “raped,” often, by soldiers terrorizing them and their families.

    The Bush ban also included cutting funds for organisations that provided contraceptives. Those organisations had previously been succeeding in cutting down the numbers of AIDS transmissions, and, paradoxically, when the funds were cut off to programs that had been designed by Africans for Africans and which included some regard for the sexual culture of Africans (as, for example, emphasis on “serial polygamy,” rather than the more traditional “simulataneous polygamy” practised by many tribesmen), the numbers of abortions of AIDS-infected foetuses had INCREASED!

    It is for this reason, principally–as well as the fact that I cannot stomach the hypocrisy of the Catholic Pro-Life Movement in refraining from targeting artificial insemination as the true CAUSE of the stem cell research problem–that I am unable to sign your petition as it is written.

    However, I wish you well with it.

  16. November 17, 2008 1:35 pm

    This is outstanding. I too linked it with the full text on my blog Full Circle

  17. November 17, 2008 1:41 pm

    An Open Letter to President Elect Obama has also been posted at – Thank you!

  18. November 17, 2008 1:42 pm


    Yes, it’s been a busy year for everyone. I just wanted to get this out ASAP which is why I didn’t give as much time as would have allowed to get more direct signatures. But I think the additional ones online, and the fact of so many blogs will host the letter, will indicate something.

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  20. November 17, 2008 1:45 pm


    Thanks, and got your cross-post listed as well here. It’s good to see many people supportive of this effort!

  21. November 17, 2008 1:45 pm


    I agree. Thanks for your hard work on this.

  22. November 17, 2008 1:46 pm

    Good work–I posted it, too.

    [Resuming radio silence.]

  23. November 17, 2008 1:48 pm


    As you know, there are many reactions to Obama’s election, and within the Catholic Church, there are people who are positive and people who are negative over it. It has been the case with every president, I suspect. I just hope more will at least be open to see what Obama will do, and pray for him and that he will have wisdom in his role as President.

    Even citing abortion as an option, one could say, is encouragement. Obviously I think you are right about artificial insemination, and have discussed it a few times on Vox Nova. It’s a part of the problem many do not want to admit.

  24. November 17, 2008 1:52 pm

    Dale — thanks to you as well.

  25. November 17, 2008 3:14 pm

    Henry, Thanks for this again. FYI, my name is William Eunice if you wanted to add my name to the list.

  26. November 17, 2008 3:23 pm


    Got it! Thanks again!

  27. Mark Shea permalink
    November 17, 2008 5:17 pm

    Just posted it on my blog. Sign me up!

  28. November 17, 2008 5:24 pm

    Mark Shea:

    Done! And as with everyone else, thank you for your support for this!

  29. November 17, 2008 6:11 pm

    Excellent letter. Please sign me up. I will place this open letter in our church bulletin and ask parishioners to sign it. Also will post on my website. Prayers for this good effort. God bless!

  30. November 17, 2008 6:34 pm

    Fr. Phil Bloom

    I’ve added your name to the list; thanks for the link to the letter from your webpage, for the prayers, and the desire to bring their forward to your parishioners!

  31. cggant permalink
    November 17, 2008 7:08 pm

    I’ve added the Open Letter to my blog located at

    I’d also like to add my name to the signers if that is convenient.

  32. November 17, 2008 7:27 pm

    Christopher G: Done and done. Thanks for your support as well!

  33. November 17, 2008 8:36 pm

    I’ve put it on my blog, too. Please add my name to the signatories.

  34. Linda Schuldt permalink
    November 17, 2008 8:37 pm

    Please add my name! Thank you so much! Linda Schuldt

  35. November 17, 2008 8:39 pm

    For the record, my full name is Robert King, OP. My blog posting is here.

  36. November 17, 2008 8:43 pm

    Copied also at

  37. November 17, 2008 9:40 pm

    Posted at my blog.

  38. Peter Halabu permalink
    November 17, 2008 9:58 pm

    I’d like to add my name to the petition also please. Thanks!

  39. November 17, 2008 10:11 pm

    The Lady in the Pew has posted the letter. Please add my name. Thanks.

  40. November 17, 2008 10:54 pm

    Please add my name: Mark Gordon from Suicide of the West

  41. November 18, 2008 3:14 am

    Thank Br. Robert, Linda, Peter, Kelly and Mark G once again. I got your names added and for those who had them, blog on the list of cross-posts.

  42. November 18, 2008 4:26 am

    I think we left some things out, as it’s necessary to combine pro-life arguments with anti-war arguments, but I agree with everything in the letter.

    I’d like my name added to the letter: Michael Mlekoday.


  43. November 18, 2008 4:32 am


    I agree with embracing the full spectrum of life issues as should be clear in the posts I’ve written on VN in the past. But I wanted to produce a focused letter which could bring people together in agreement as we send it to Obama. Of course, this is only the start, and other concerns should be addressed later.

    I’ve added your name. Thanks!

  44. November 18, 2008 6:41 am

    Pansy and Peony have added this letter. Thank you.

  45. November 18, 2008 7:22 am

    This is the kind of dialogal overture that the Catholic Bishops should be undertaking. I give the link to this on my weblog. Vox Nova is a voice of sanity, bringing liberal and conservative Catholics together in a very valuable way.

  46. November 18, 2008 8:22 am


    Thanks — and I get the crosslink up now!

  47. November 18, 2008 8:23 am

    Spirit of Vatican II

    Yes, I hope an effort like this can be established to help get a sane discussion going, and one which engages and works with and not against a common ground, as the starting point of any future dialogue. I am pleased with the result so far.

  48. Bryan McLaughlin permalink
    November 18, 2008 8:56 am

    Please add me to this letter.

  49. November 18, 2008 9:01 am

    Mr. Karlson:

    I’m posting this letter on my blog, “Confessions of a Liberal Traditionalist”

    In addition, please email me, and I will give you my name to add to the letter. Thanks!

  50. November 18, 2008 9:23 am

    I added the letter on my blog:

  51. mary permalink
    November 18, 2008 10:06 am

    Very good letter…

  52. November 18, 2008 10:09 am

    Thank you for this effort. Please add my name to your letter.

    I also plan on sending the President-elect my own letter regarding abortion and other life issues.

  53. jonathanjones02 permalink
    November 18, 2008 11:05 am

    Please add my name.

  54. November 18, 2008 11:37 am

    More thanks to everyone; I will keep adding names/blogs as I have time and catch them. If I somehow miss one, let me know.

  55. November 18, 2008 11:39 am


    Do you have an email address? I would like to give you my name to add to the petition.

  56. November 18, 2008 11:48 am


    I sent you an e-mail. It should be there already (I hope).

  57. November 18, 2008 2:56 pm

    Please, add my signature. Also, I crossposted this to my blog, Vivificat!


  58. November 18, 2008 3:10 pm


    Thank you as well; I’ve added you to both the online signatures and to the bloglist now.

  59. November 18, 2008 3:21 pm

    FYI – “LeJeune” has one “n”

  60. November 18, 2008 3:27 pm

    Sorry about that typo! Should be fixed now.

  61. November 18, 2008 4:14 pm

    The abortion issue is probably the most annoying in politics – and uniquely American. Beholden to respective interest groups, both sides can never find common ground. The terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice” are screwy to begin with.

    Every Supreme Court nomination goes through the same spiel. Needless to say, a justice’s ruling on Roe v. Wade should have NOTHING to do with his views on abortion. I like Kennedy the most, he’s not as predictable as the others. Abortion should not be on constitutional level (and neither should a gay marriage ban, *$#*!) – that’s how this whole circus started. Obviously, abortion should never be outlawed completely, but with the American situation, no reasonable solution is possible. It goes without saying that a complete abortion ban would never pass anywhere. Certain restrictions could find a fairly broad consensus – like the European models – but that’s all blocked by Roe v Wade.

    So…the man rumored to become attorney general was the key guy behind the Marc Rich pardon. Well, it fits that Hillary will be secretary of state.

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

    As Georg Buechner wrote, peace to the huts, war on the palaces.

  62. November 18, 2008 4:33 pm

    I think this is an excellent, reasonable appeal. I’ve posted it to my blog as well. Keep up the good work!

  63. November 18, 2008 4:43 pm

    I have added this to my site.


  64. November 18, 2008 4:48 pm

    Very well said! I am posting your letter on my blog. Add my name please.

  65. November 18, 2008 5:13 pm

    Well said. I had been considering authoring just such a letter myself! May God aid us in this worthy cause.

  66. Zach Gietl permalink
    November 18, 2008 5:23 pm

    Please add my name to the list of signees.

  67. November 18, 2008 5:31 pm

    Ken and Fr. John: I saw you signed it on your websites, so I put your names on the list here. Thanks for the blog posts!

    Zach: Added.

    Kacy: I couldn’t find it on your blog.

    Steven M Andrews: Thanks!

  68. Megan Bless permalink
    November 18, 2008 5:31 pm

    Excellent letter. Please add my name to the list as well. Pax tecum.

  69. November 18, 2008 5:33 pm

    Megan: Done! Thanks!

  70. Kathy Myers permalink
    November 18, 2008 5:58 pm

    Please add my name as well. Thanks!

  71. November 18, 2008 5:58 pm

    I’d Like to add my name as well, and I am posting this at my blog

  72. November 18, 2008 6:15 pm

    Please add my name as well.

  73. November 18, 2008 6:21 pm

    Kathy, Tim and Kevin: done. And thanks for the post, Tim.

  74. November 18, 2008 6:38 pm

    I think this letter represents a very serious, respectful, yet faithful engagement with our President-Elect. Thank you.

  75. John Anthony D'Arpino permalink
    November 18, 2008 6:44 pm

    Please add my name!

  76. November 18, 2008 6:58 pm


    Am adding it to my blog (the Black Biretta []) and to the webpage for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy [] (of which I am President)

    May Divine Grace guide the hearts of all politicians and citizens

  77. November 18, 2008 7:17 pm

    Fr. Stephen — thank you!

  78. November 18, 2008 7:17 pm

    John Anthony D’Arpino: done!

  79. November 18, 2008 7:19 pm

    Father John: thank you for your kind words! I will put up your posts in the cross-link section when the letter is up on your blogs (or in the morning, if I do not see it before I have to go offline).

  80. Brian Desmarais permalink
    November 18, 2008 7:32 pm


    Please add my name to the list. Thank you.

  81. MaryB permalink
    November 18, 2008 7:32 pm

    Excellent letter. Please add my name: Mary C Borneman

  82. November 18, 2008 7:37 pm

    Brian and Mary — thank you! And done.

  83. Sylwia Matlosz permalink
    November 18, 2008 7:55 pm


    Please add my name to the list. Thank you very much for taking the time to organize all of this!

    – Sylwia Matlosz

  84. November 18, 2008 7:56 pm

    Posted just now, and would like very much my name added!

  85. Sylwia M permalink
    November 18, 2008 8:07 pm

    anti-FOCA Petition

  86. Susan B permalink
    November 18, 2008 9:05 pm

    Please add my name as well-Susan Boedefeld

    Thank you and God bless.

  87. Dave T. permalink
    November 18, 2008 9:11 pm

    Please add my name to the list: David Turner, Longview, WA

  88. November 18, 2008 9:17 pm

    I have posted the letter ( Please add my name as well.

  89. James Capaldi permalink
    November 18, 2008 9:20 pm

    I am fully supportive of your position and this petition. However, I don’t think that there is any hope of Obama changing his mind. He is too beholden to the special interest lefty groups that got him elected.

    Obama may not be THE antichrist, but he sure is AN antichrist in the immoral stand that he has taken.

    May Our Lady of Guadelupe help us!

  90. November 18, 2008 9:26 pm

    I have added my name as well a posted and linked to this site.

    We have specifically prayed for our leaders-elect daily since November 5, and will continue seeking the Holy Spirit’s wisdom upon those who unfortunately promote a culture of death rather than our Lord’s Culture of Life.

  91. Barbara Emge permalink
    November 18, 2008 10:00 pm

    Please add my name. It is good to send positive feedback to our new Presidet-Elect with the Spirit of Truth. Thank You!

  92. Adam Fierro permalink
    November 18, 2008 10:04 pm

    Please include my name, too: Adam Mateo Fierro

  93. November 18, 2008 10:24 pm

    I have posted this letter on my blog:

    In Jesu, per Mariam,
    Matthew Hardesty

  94. Mark DeFrancisis permalink
    November 18, 2008 10:25 pm


    Please add my name too.

  95. November 18, 2008 10:28 pm

    I have added this to my blog at and please add me to the list of signers:

    Allen Hebert

  96. November 18, 2008 10:28 pm

    A most excellent letter, which I would be pleased to sign!

    I’m posting it at my blog, The Practicing Catholic.

    Thank you,
    Heather Barrett

  97. Mickey Jackson permalink
    November 18, 2008 10:33 pm

    Glad to see such a positive reaction! We can engage our new president on these issues without sacrificing our own moral integrity as Catholic advocates of the Culture of Life.

    St. Maximilian Kolbe, patron saint of the pro-life movement, pray for us!

  98. Sally Hultgren permalink
    November 18, 2008 11:46 pm

    Great letter! Please add my name to the signatures.

  99. November 18, 2008 11:49 pm

    Posted on my Blog, Henry. Great job.

  100. November 18, 2008 11:55 pm

    I’ve posted it on my blog too. Mahalo!

  101. Andrea Brown permalink
    November 19, 2008 12:44 am

    Excellent letter Please add my name to the list.
    Andrea Brown
    Anaheim, CA

  102. November 19, 2008 12:47 am

    Excellent letter and please add my name to the list of signers. Thank you.

  103. November 19, 2008 1:30 am

    I have added this letter at my blog verbum veritatis :http;//

  104. Daniel H. Conway permalink
    November 19, 2008 1:48 am

    Please add my name.

  105. November 19, 2008 3:06 am

    Once again, a massive thank you to all who signed during the night. I’ve put in all the addition, again.

    Alli: I put a link to your blog, but please contact us so as to know how to fully sign your name. Then I will add it!

  106. November 19, 2008 3:18 am


    Yes, it’s great to see so many people joining in!

  107. November 19, 2008 3:27 am

    Dear Henry Karlson,

    Please add my name, Christopher R. Altieri, to the list of signatories. I have also published the letter at my blog, The Lazy Disciple:

    In Dno,


  108. Lorenzo Schoepflin permalink
    November 19, 2008 8:14 am

    I’m italian. I’m so worried about FOCA appoval. I support your letter. Human life, liberty and dignity are under attack. I hope President Obama will think deeply about consequences.

  109. November 19, 2008 8:47 am


    Got it and thanks!

  110. November 19, 2008 8:47 am


    Keep the United States in your prayers! And thanks for your support!

  111. Nick van Zee permalink
    November 19, 2008 9:01 am

    Please add my name as well. Thanks.

  112. November 19, 2008 9:05 am

    Nick — done, and you are welcome. Thanks for your support!

  113. November 19, 2008 9:24 am

    I will also sign.

  114. November 19, 2008 9:44 am

    Thanks, Chad! Done.

  115. Michael Enright permalink
    November 19, 2008 10:15 am

    Please add my name

  116. Susan Windley-Daoust permalink
    November 19, 2008 10:20 am

    Please add my name as well.

    Susan Windley-Daoust

  117. Lisa Pieson permalink
    November 19, 2008 10:43 am

    Please add my name to the list. Thank you.

  118. Lisa Commerford permalink
    November 19, 2008 10:46 am

    Please add my name.

  119. November 19, 2008 10:51 am

    Michael, Susan, Lisa and Lisa: Done, and thanks.

  120. Erica Ford permalink
    November 19, 2008 10:54 am

    Well done and nicely written. Please add my name.

  121. David Nickol permalink
    November 19, 2008 11:03 am


    Please add my name.

  122. November 19, 2008 11:09 am

    Erica, David: done, and thanks!

  123. John Elfering permalink
    November 19, 2008 11:12 am

    Please add my name also.

  124. November 19, 2008 11:41 am


    I cross-posted at my blog the other day, but feel free to use my actual name on the letter.

    Thanks again for putting this together.

  125. November 19, 2008 11:45 am

    John — done, and thanks.

  126. November 19, 2008 11:46 am


    You are welcome, but remember, it is a group effort, and the more involved, the better. So thank you!

  127. Alena Chovanec permalink
    November 19, 2008 1:01 pm

    Please sing me in

  128. Paladin permalink
    November 19, 2008 1:24 pm

    Please sign me up, as well (Brian T. Coughlin); thanks for your efforts with this!

  129. Darren Krakowski permalink
    November 19, 2008 1:38 pm

    Thank you for this effort. Please add my name as well.

    Darren Krakowski

  130. November 19, 2008 1:42 pm

    Please add my name, Anthony F. Miller, also.


  131. November 19, 2008 4:21 pm

    Once again, a thank you to everyone who has decided to add their name to the signatures to support this effort. I got all the new additions up (I think). Sorry it took longer than normal; I will probably be slower from now to the end of the week in doing the updates, but I will still do them.

  132. Joseph S. Arena permalink
    November 19, 2008 4:42 pm

    Please add my name: Joseph S. arena

  133. November 19, 2008 5:37 pm

    Please add my name to the list.

    I also posted this letter on my blog:

  134. November 19, 2008 6:24 pm

    Joseph and Nicholas: thank you, as well. Got your additions!

  135. November 19, 2008 6:44 pm

    Adding one more small voice. Posted to my blog.

  136. November 19, 2008 9:40 pm

    I posted this on my blog and signed my name to it.

  137. Susan Murphy permalink
    November 19, 2008 9:56 pm

    Don’t have a blog to cross-post; but would be grateful to have my name added as well. Followed link from Mark Shea, if anyone’s keeping score. :-)

    I’d actually suggest making *sure* Obama sees it – maybe collect sigs until Jan 19th, and then print off a copy and mail it? Maybe that’s not the best way; but it’s a great letter; and he needs to know that Biden and Daschle don’t speak for all of us and that FOCA would be a real problem.

  138. Terri Peterson permalink
    November 19, 2008 10:02 pm

    Please add my name to your list. Thank you for your work fighting FOCA.

  139. November 19, 2008 11:06 pm

    I cross-posted this at my blog, Catholic Father. Please add my name to the list. Let’s all pray that this is successful!

  140. November 20, 2008 3:47 am

    Thanks once again, I got all the additions put on overnight.

  141. November 20, 2008 3:50 am

    Susan M:

    With the extra signatures, I am indeed considering sending him another copy, with all the updates, in January. I did send three copies already to him, with the initial signatories, based upon various addresses I had. But the hope is to increase attention to this as well, in various ways, so that it will be assured not only Obama, but many other politicians, know of it.

  142. Lorenzo Schoepflin permalink
    November 20, 2008 7:32 am

    Dear Henry,

    I will pray for US. Not only prayers. I write for the catholic newspaper “Avvenire” and on November 13th I wrote about FOCA approval and abortion approach in US. Unfortunately I did not know anything about your great letter.

    My article:
    (download jpg file, in Italian, obviously), in the site of my parish.

    Go on with your battle for life, may God bless you all.

  143. Lorenzo Schoepflin permalink
    November 20, 2008 8:55 am

    Oh, and, if I can, I want to sign your letter. But I’m not American, sigh…

  144. Mary Dykmann permalink
    November 20, 2008 9:07 am

    Add me please. Well written & thoughtful & I appreciate that you are trying to work together. Just arguing doesn’t accomplish anything.

  145. November 20, 2008 1:11 pm

    This statement has been published at our Catholic philosophy and Theology blog

    Thank you, Andrew Lang

  146. November 20, 2008 2:53 pm

    How does one sign one’s name to this letter? It is well-written indeed!

  147. November 20, 2008 2:59 pm

    Mary and Claire:

    I just added your names here. I sent in a copy of the letter with the original signatures, but, rest assured, people adding their name will be made known. I am trying to figure out the best way to do so; it will probably mean, among other things, an updated version of the letter being sent to Obama, but that is not all I hope to do.

  148. November 20, 2008 2:59 pm

    Andrew thanks, I just added your link!

  149. November 20, 2008 3:02 pm


    I understand the desire, but I am trying to keep it with those in America, for obvious reasons. But there could be something more to do in the future, which might not have to be merely American-centered.

    Thanks for all your kind words!

  150. Kathrin Deady R.N. permalink
    November 20, 2008 4:34 pm

    Please add my name to the list. I agree we need to continue to think positively, and your doing a wonderful thing. The Constitution is based on the Bill of Rights, and the 1st part says that an American citizen has the Right to LIFE, then liberty, and then the pursuit of happiness. So, first, came LIFE. Let us continue to support those who cannot defend themselves. Thank you for all your efforts.

  151. Maureen Boylan permalink
    November 20, 2008 4:53 pm

    We are all praying for a miracle here! Please add my name to the list.

  152. Pam Brill permalink
    November 20, 2008 5:44 pm

    A very well written letter–please add my name and my husband’s as well.
    Pamela Brill
    David J. Brill

  153. November 20, 2008 5:47 pm

    I support it and I have cross posted it my blog

  154. November 20, 2008 5:53 pm

    Kathrin, Maureen, Pam, David and Adolfo:

    Thank you!

  155. rev james a bucaria permalink
    November 20, 2008 11:04 pm

    add my name please

  156. November 20, 2008 11:07 pm

    Please add my signature to the letter:

    Fr. Philip N. Powell, OP

    God bless, Fr. Philip

  157. November 21, 2008 1:40 am

    added to our website

    great work

    Fr John Trigilio, Jr

  158. November 21, 2008 4:35 am

    Rev. James and Fr. Philip, thanks, added!

    Fr. John, thanks once again – got it now!

  159. Margaret Meier permalink
    November 21, 2008 6:11 am

    Please sign my name to this letter. Thank you and God bless!

  160. Margaret Meier permalink
    November 21, 2008 6:14 am

    Please add my name to the list! Thank you and God bless!

  161. November 21, 2008 8:05 am


    Done, and thank you!

  162. Tyler Smedley permalink
    November 21, 2008 9:47 am

    Please add my name to the list, thanks.

  163. Joann Shannon permalink
    November 21, 2008 1:46 pm

    Thanks for all you are doing–please add my name.

  164. November 21, 2008 2:12 pm

    Tyler and Joann

    Done, and thanks.

  165. Barbara Goodier permalink
    November 21, 2008 4:12 pm

    Thank you! I am with you in prayer and fasting. Please add my name to the petition.

  166. November 21, 2008 10:56 pm

    Please add me to the letter signatures. God Bless and keep up the good work!

  167. November 22, 2008 3:55 am

    Barbara and Brian:

    Done, and thank you!

  168. Jo Anne M permalink
    November 23, 2008 9:52 am

    Thank you.

  169. Allison Wajert permalink
    November 23, 2008 9:51 pm

    Thank you. Please add my name.

  170. November 24, 2008 5:32 am




    Will you not wait and watch with Jesus,
    and pray for America? [Matt. 26: 38-40]

    2nd Eucharistic Vigil for America: During Thanksgiving,

    pray before The Most Blessed Sacrament

    From 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26th

    (Eve of Thanksgiving Day)
    until 12:00 p.m. (Midnight), Thursday, November 27th

    (Thanksgiving Day)

    Read more at: [ ______________________ ]


    Please arrange to make at least one Holy Hour or even a longer vigil (3-9 hours) before Our Lord Jesus Truly Present in The Most Blessed Sacrament sometime between Wednesday Evening and Thursday Midnight, praying:


    For the end to all legalized abortion, and to stop any new pro-abortion or pro-infanticide laws, including defeat of the FOCA (“Freedom of Choice Act”);
    For an ethical economic recovery in the United States of America and throughout the world
    (See: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Market Economy and Ethics)[];

    For the United States Catholic Bishops to process solemnly and to install into the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington the statue of Our Lady of America with the Lily of Purity extended from Her right hand for the protection of America ; and,
    For His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, His health, sanctity and longevity.

    Make a Vigil before The Most Blessed Sacrament:

    By going to an existing perpetual eucharistic adoration chapel;
    By asking your local bishop or pastor to have a special period of Exposition of The Most Blessed Sacrament for this purpose, preferably through the night; or,
    By going to any Catholic Church before The Blessed Sacrament reposed in The Tabernacle and remaining for one (1) to three (3) hours praying for your own intentions and those listed above sometime between 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m. and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, at Midnight.

    Adult men, in particular, are called to this Vigil, even through the night, remaining for at least for one (1) to four (4) hours during the nocturnal period from late Wednesday to early Thursday, Thanksgiving Day [and, if possible, for an efficacious novena of nine (9) hours sometime between 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day]. During Thanksgiving Day, please consider “fasting” from just one TV football game, and use that time to take the family to Church and make a Holy Hour praying in thanksgiving before The Most Blessed Sacrament to The Most Holy Trinity. Remember “Eucharist” means “Thanksgiving”. For those who cannot go to Church, gather together at home and pray The Rosary in thanksgiving for the gifts granted to the United States of America, and for the above intentions.

  171. John Sunderland permalink
    November 24, 2008 5:25 pm

    Dont be such a namby pamby here! Good will must be more than reitterated, but expressed less concilliary here sir! Waking up the world… from Washington to a refugee camp in Africa or anyone Else for that matter is paramount. Imploring God to do all while getting nowhere with the people under the veil of darkness is ludicrous.

  172. William Collier permalink
    November 25, 2008 2:18 pm

    Please add my name to the open letter. Thanks.

  173. Geanie Smith permalink
    November 25, 2008 7:02 pm

    Please add my name to the list. We must all work hard to save our unborn children. Thank you for your efforts.

  174. November 25, 2008 11:24 pm

    I would like to extend this invitation to both parties at the Congress, that only discuss the topic every four years. I exhort also the fathers of 30% of children that are born out of the wedlock in The States, to be responsible in taking care of their own children.
    Thanks in advance for adding my name to the list.

  175. November 26, 2008 3:04 pm

    William, Geanie, and Gabriel: done.

  176. digbydolben permalink
    November 26, 2008 11:12 pm

    I am posting your letter in my blog at

  177. digbydolben permalink
    November 26, 2008 11:22 pm

    Oh, and obviously you need my real name for your petition: it is Robert Bruce Lewis.

  178. November 27, 2008 3:23 am

    Digby: Thanks, got your name put up, and will more more directly to your blog post when I know where exactly it is on livejournal.

  179. digbydolben permalink
    November 27, 2008 5:07 am

    I am “publius_aelius” (as a “user name” at, but it’s “friends only.”

  180. November 27, 2008 7:36 am

    Digby: ok, I think I got it then.

    And I just added the Washington Times article which mentioned the letter.

  181. November 30, 2008 3:58 pm

    I have added the Open Letter to Obama in my blog

    thank you for allowing it’s transmission!

  182. Daniel B. Sarell permalink
    December 6, 2008 2:35 am

    I would like to be added as a co-signer of this letter.

  183. Debbie Britain RN permalink
    December 6, 2008 4:03 pm

    Please add my name to the list.
    Well done. Thanks.

  184. Magella permalink
    December 18, 2008 2:11 am

    Henry, is it too late to add my name?
    Do I have to be an American to sign it?

    • December 18, 2008 4:04 am


      Since the letter says “As American Catholics,” it’s meant to be for Americans (since they are people who are potential voters, and people who are immediately affected by Obama’s presidency).

  185. January 14, 2009 11:19 pm

    Thanks for your good letter. I’ve posted the it in the “Contact Your Elected Officials” area of my site at

    From there people can see how they can participate in your letter and also use its points to formulate their own letter to President-elect Obama, their Congressional delegates, and the sponsors of FOCA.

  186. Frances E. Sheehan permalink
    January 21, 2009 12:26 pm

    Please add my name to this letter.

  187. Denise Thomas permalink
    January 29, 2009 3:46 pm

    Please add my name to the list to defeat FOCA.


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