Change and Faith, Unite…

Folks I don’t write often in this following way but do to my calling to ministry and the position the Lord has placed me, I give you these following comments and ask you to take to heart the intent that we are all one in Christ Jesus.


With the announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation from the papacy I am encouraged for the church. Not that He is “retiring” for reasons only known to himself and to God but that the wisdom and strength it took to come to the realization that his effectiveness and health may not be up to the tasks of the office for which he holds.

It is an opportunity that we who call ourselves Christian can do our part by lifting our prayers and concerns to the heavenly Father and plead our case and want for the church. His church. A church of the people and of God as the head.

Many Catholics have faltered these past years because of the style of governance coming from the Vatican, yet now it is our turn to be heard. Even though Pope John Paul the II and Pope Benedict the XVI have placed a very Conservative leadership with their appointees to the rank of Cardinals. We can be diligent in our faith and understanding here in the west as well as around the world, that Christ hears our cry for true change and reform in the church.

I know that through continuous prayer and devotion to the Holy Trinity change will come. The church has the unique opportunity to respond favorably to the billion plus Catholic patrons to the growing need and urgency from the next pontiff whom the Cardinals will elect to the office.

So let us pray together that our prayers will not only be heard but acted upon accordingly. I do not expect sweeping reforms from the new Pope however, there is hope that many issues that face the church today maybe appeased through the wise council of those with the insight and foresight to vote accordingly with the people. No matter what folks, we need to accept the new papal leadership with open arms and have the faith of Christ himself to know that He truly is the one in control.

I encourage any and all people who read this to be steadfast and patient in the coming months. And as we go into the Easter season with the hope of the Resurrection of Christ, we to will experience a new resurrection of the church.

Weather you are Roman Catholic, Independent Catholic or a Non Catholic, the institution of the church and its longevity is of all of our concern. It will be a test of true faith of the people to come together at this time of great importance for the most powerful faith in the world. The Christian Faith and all that it entails.

Sincerely your servant in Christ Jesus,
Bishop, Andrew R. M. Manley DD., o.s.a., o.s.p.
Independent Catholic Church of the Celtic Cross
and the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry

A Cause Worth Fighting For!

I’m not sure if you have heard of a group called the, national pro-life alliance, you should check them out because they really can use your help.

It seems to me like a life time and or at least for as long as I can remember that this feud has been going on. Pro-life folks on one side and Pro-choice on the other. All I know and feel in my heart is that I would like to see that laws that protect human rights be carried to the point of conception. If not than in my heart it tells me it murder. And by Gods grace I understand what is meant by thou shall not kill.

We have many fine organizations that stand up for human rights but I ask, where are those folks now. What ever happened to the folks that have tried to voice their opinion on the issue, have they got permanent laryngitis? I don’t get it!

We the conservative right have given in on so much and for so long, that I’m afraid that we’ve lost our will to draw a line in the sand and stand up for that which we know is right. That is, what is right in the sight of God, and the world. Here we are fighting for about every cause that has ever needed a cause to fight for. And federal legislation has been adopted and now is enforced not only here in the “good Ole US of A” but internationally as well. But on this one issue there seems to be no end.

Well it’s that thinking that is tearing down the moral factor of this great nation known for “equal rights” who I ask is speaking for them that can not? I know I am! We pass laws to protect children of all ages with things like the Amber alert system and Megan’s law and so many more. There is no doubt in my heart and mind that an international law banning human trafficking will pass before a ruling or law is past to help protect the (unborn child).

It is those very two last words, that both sides agree on. “( the unborn child or fetus) which means the same thing. And yet the pro-choice movement seems to be gaining the upper hand in this verbal wrestling match. Look I am only willing to concede on four factors of this issue. So listen up all of you pro-choice advocates, It seems logical to consider other ways of handling the situation, that is rather than yelling and screaming and pouting because you aren’t getting your way. The four things that I agree with in your argument are these and only these. 1) in case of rape (at any age when conception is identified and before it hits any other stage of development). 2) in the case of incest, and again only if all other avenues are exhausted. 3) in the case of the mother to be, may die if and only if proven, will case her death. And number 4) if the infant will die before, during or immediately after the child is delivered if it were to go to full stage and also only if all other avenues are exhausted. Such as adoption, or plan parenthood or the such. This would include by any means, be it natural child birth or induced child birth or lastly by “C-section”. Outside of that, I draw the line in the sand.

Folks, please, hear me loud and clearly, I will continue to stand up for the right to life. That is to say, every time this issue comes up. I myself as well, I’m sure hundreds of thousands if not millions and maybe a few billions of folks world wide, would like to see this issued agreed upon sometime in our life time.

It seems as I have stated, a logical understanding of what is life and for what we as human beings need to stand for. I mean lets get real here for a moment. You can not deny that here in the USA as well as around the world there are organizations that protect most everything imaginable. So I ask why is it so difficult to come to any agreement?

If you have a valid argument them fine, bring it. But as we are willing to listen to you, then you will have to give us the same respect. In other words, lets deal with this issue once and for all. I’m sure many of the pro-life folks as well as the pro-choice would like to see an end to this argument and a law in place that will stand the test of time. So what do you say? I say lets talk.

Now for us pro-life folks I recently signed an on-line petition that will be added with others and sent to the Congress and Senate. I did this because I was lead to do so. There are many programs and campaigns out there that need some volunteering, or taking a moment and signing a petition or even working in programs that “educate” folks on both sides of an issue.

When I was about 25 years old I personally worked on a campaign that dealt with the organizing or several hundred hours of video tapes of actual abortions. And yes maybe now both sides can see why I take such a bold and hard headed stand on this issue. What I did was organize this videos into categories. Categories that would be understandable and acceptable for most any age group that watched them. I had to make sure that no one would take offense to the educational process.

I had broken them down into three categories, 1) effective and acceptable for teens and adolescents, 2) for the parents and other organizations that were wanting to aid them in getting the message across and to have a better visual concept of what the process of an actual abortion was at any stage and by any means possible. And for number 3) I had organized them for the “professional”, like Doctors, Attorneys, Clergy, and planned parenting groups as well as councilors that dealt with individuals that either were contemplating an abortion, or aid those to deal with the trauma and fact of what they had just done.

I’d like to reiterate this last point for you, because the average person can only imagine what that individual is going through. That is, mentally, physically, emotionally and in a lot of cases, spiritually speaking. No offense here intended, but really, unless you have been through the actual process or had to directly deal with an individual that just went through the process than you have no right to pass judgment on the issue. An opinion yes, but to be fanatical about the issue. NO! You don’t have the right to incite.

This is the greatest country in the world and we have rights that only some, in other parts of the world can only imagine. So I ask this question directly towards you, the loud mouth that is the boisterous one that incites rather than gather peaceably in making your point. It is your attitude that needs to be remanded and removed from demonstrating.

Hold your own demonstration, put your name on the permit to hold an event. Just make sure that you take out enough insurance to cover the damages when it gets out of control. It will be no one else but your own fault. But then again I reckon you are to much of an instigator to be responsible in a peaceful way.

As for anyone now on both side of the issue, you to can not relate to the level of “ torture” that, that fetus goes through when the instruments are use to “extract ” the helpless and innocent. I can! And it ain’t “ humane.” !!! It is plain, down right “murder.”

Non of you have any idea unless you have taken the time to “truly educate” yourself with “ unbiased,” facts. Then and only then can one truly debate this issue. As for me working with the videos, I must say that it was an eye opener. And yes, I could get very, very graphic in my explanation of what I witnessed through those “hundred plus hours” of categorization. But I won’t unless it becomes necessary.

Yet I know that there are tens of thousands of other professionals that deal with or have dealt with this issue first had. That’s to say could maybe do a better job of explaining the procedure to both sides.

Listen, in any sport that uses a coin toss to choose which side plays offense and the other plays defense. But then, the other side gets to now play offense and yet the other one plays defense. This goes on until one wins. But in this case, is not it kinda like the same thing? It seems like much the same. Doesn’t it seem to kinda work the same way? At least for the most part?

One side yells their belief and the other side counters with yelling their side on the issues. So I ask you Pro-life folks is this the only way to resolve such an important situation? What I mean is, and I mean it for you Pro- choice folks as well and that is “ has it gotten us any further in solving the question?” NO! It has not. So then, why not put both sides of the issue on the ballot and let the “people decide the out come?”

No matter what the out come is, the other side should be proud enough to say, we put out our best and it just wasn’t enough to get the law enacted. But like with any law, there are ones that we except and obey, and there are ones that we wish were not laws at all. But no matter what, for the most part we obey them just the same. At least the majority of us do. So please, take the time to voice your opinion through the petition process, It is a very, very effective way to get a final result. Which is what we all really want, isn’t it?

As for all that read or hear this message and request, please do not take offense in any way, for I am just trying to find an end to the means through communication. There is no fighting, no shouting, no physical protest, even if it is our constitutional right to do so. There is no reason we can’t present both sides of this issue before the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary branches now, when they really need to show us, the American people some action to what we all want. And yet still stay within the freedom of rights to not only the mother to be, but to the child that is.

If you decide to want to get involved than by all means get involved until the issue is resolved. To start please, contact Mr. Martin Fox, President of the National Pro-Life Alliance, and ask how you can help or get involved. Even if that involvement is starting a grass roots program to take this issue to every corner of America. Lets turn up the heat a bit, and I don’t mean in a literal since of the words turn up the heat, but rather to just be dedicated to which ever side of the issue you think is worth the time and energy to make a difference. This issue needs to be dealt with once and for all.

And here is one place you can start…
Contact…( Martin Fox )…At…

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Sincerely, Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley, DD., O.S.P., and the O.S.M.
Patriarch of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry,
Universal Life Church of the Celtic Cross , and also the
Independent Catholic Churches International.