Philly Held Inaugural March for Life; Strong Showing of Greater Community

A chilly Saturday couldn’t freeze the warm spirits of thousands of pro-lifers throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

The morning began with a short prayer service in the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral with the recitation of the rosary and the litanies of loreto and St. Joseph while a protestant group held a prayer service outside of the south lawn of the church.

Archbishop Nelson Perez celebrated mass with Bishop Joseph Coffey, auxiliary bishop of the military archdiocese, as the homilist. For Bishop Coffey, he saw the event as a way to recommit to the cause of life. He shared how God blessed him when Fr. Dennis Gill blessed him on Good Friday just before he was arrested during an Operation Rescue demonstration outside of Planned Parenthood. Bishop Coffey recalled that those events helped formed his call to the priesthood.

Following the mass and Protestant prayer service, everyone came together to peacefully march one mile to Independence Hall. Along the way, many stop to pray in front of the Philadelphia Women’s Center for a short prayer while Pat Stanton states the history of the facility that murders 6,500 lives annually.

Everyone finally gathered outside of the north lawn of Independence Hall to hear amazing testimony and even music from Jack Terzian who reminds people to be you and cool.

Alison Centofante of Live Action emcee the event. She shared about how she would one day meet her grandmother who chose life for her dad.

Ashley Garecht fired up the crowd by reminding them to not be scared by the bullies who want to stop you from standing up for what is right.

Dr. Monique Ruberu talked about the need of being present outside of abortion facilities in our area.

Reverend Herb Lusk III reminded everyone to keep up the fight. God is bringing about the victory over death.

Kathy Barnette shared that we must be louder in our convictions when speaking about the danger of abortion.

Biden’s Latest Pick: No Friend To Life

Pennsylvanians have a tough pill to swallow as Biden continues to assemble his league of doom. On Tuesday, he selected Dr. Rachel (Richard) Levine to be the assistant secretary of health.

It has been criticized for not inspecting abortion facilities during the pandemic, which led to an increase in abortions, especially in Philadelphia.

The other side to the equation in the lack of respect from the health secretary is how she moved her mother out of a nursing home while other elderly suffered and eventually died in the midst of the national lockdown.

This pick by Biden will jeopardize many life issues, particularly abortion ban after 20 weeks, conflicts with religious organization who would refuse birth control in their medical coverage, and the advancement of LGBT policies.

There is so much at stake.

38 years Later: Mission Is Still Same

Today is a solemn anniversary of Roe v Wade. It is in no way a day of rejoicing. Instead, it is a day of mourning. It should also be a day of fasting and penance.

62 million lives were lost in the name of choice. That is more than the casualties from the Second World War. A decision made by seven male judges. Yes, men can have an opinion on this so called “women’s issue”.

The good news, the tide is turning. The movement that went from blocking entrances of abortion facilities to peacefully praying outside of gates of hell and even a Jericho in their community is growing stronger.

We must continue to strive for a pro-life nation beginning from the womb and ending at the tomb. Life has value, purpose, and it is worth living.

The abortion debate will not be won in the halls of congress, state capitals, or even a Supreme Court. Rather, it will be won on the streets of your city, college campuses, and even a community near you.

Today, I ask that you fast, pray, and even offer a penance for an end to the Culture of Death.

Division in Pro-Life Ranks?

One of the biggest weapons Satan uses is the use of lies. On top of it, he also uses division.

In a recent conversation with someone in the pro-life movement, I have made a striking claim that he is infiltrating the movement and dividing many people. Most of the division is over in person or virtual gatherings as we are trying to navigate a post-COVID world.

Take for example, the recent news from the March for Life Foundation to go 100% virtual. Since the announcement of the decision, which I am infuriated over, I took note on the numerous responses made by people.

I feel that this is one of the examples that is trying to destroy a movement that has gained so much momentum and even strength in nearly half a century.

Sadly, we heard on Inauguration Day from a self-professed “Catholic” the call to unity. Well, how are we going to be united if people are going to cause division among themselves through violence?

What Can We Do to Advert Division?

We need to stop bickering over each other’s differences. We need to come together and stand against a powerful pro-abortion administration and even agenda.

To every general, he calls upon his faithful soldiers to fight together in order to win the war. So too we must win the debate not in the Halls of Congress, the White House, State Capitol, or even City Hall. Rather, this debate will be won and decided outside of abortion facilities when every worker and volunteer open their eyes to the hoor of abortion while hearing its cry for help.

The call to unity, unlike the one being pushed by our soon to be 46th President of the United States is when every pro-lifers and those who are concerned over the radical abortion stand up to the radicals and the mob that has told those who stood in their way to move and respond “No, you move.”

Division can be stopped first by us.

Calling All Faithful Bishops

The following is from an email blast sent out by CatholicVote.org.

Joe Biden is President…

A Catholic president — who supports killing unborn children.

He’s got big plans, including restarting the attack on the Little Sisters, gutting core religious freedoms for our Church, penalizing Catholic schools, and shaming those who oppose him as “domestic terrorists.”

There is no whitewashing this: It’s a national scandal to our Church.

Of course charity and hope require that we extend our prayers for the new President. We pray for his success in all things noble and good. And yes, we also pray that his worst plans will fail miserably. As we should. Above all, we pray for his conversion. The light of baptism still flickers in his soul, despite the truly reprehensible policies he has promised. With God all things are possible!

But unity?

In his inaugural address, President Biden spoke of the need for unity. He’s right, America is divided like never before. The cheap excuse offered by the media and the Left is to blame President Trump and his supporters. Yet anyone paying attention knows Joe Biden and the progressive Left have divided America based on race, gender, income, religion, and more for decades. Just ask Clarence Thomas.

All white people are racists. Defenders of life are enemies of women’s health. Biology is a form of bigotry. Religion is hate. Anyone who voted for Trump is an insurrectionist. We could go on…

Unity is a nice buzzword. But unity, grounded in truth, is the only thing worth defending.

Moments ago, we learned that USCCB President Archbishop Jose Gomez had prepared a statement to be released this morning. The statement welcomed the new President, but also warned Biden’s agenda would advance “moral evils” on several fronts — from abortion to transgender ideology to attacks on religious freedom.

Gomez’s statement was set to be released at 9am — just as Biden was attending Mass before his inauguration.

But according to media reports, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark called the Vatican to intervene. These cardinals convinced the Vatican Secretary of State’s office to stop Gomez’s statement from being released.

Thankfully, The Pillar obtained a copy of Gomez’s statement:

“[A]s pastors, the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture.

“So, I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”

As I write this, the USCCB — perhaps bowing to public pressure — has now finally released the statement in full.

The Biden presidency is an open challenge to those bishops who take seriously their role of defending the Faith and teaching the Truth.

They will be tested. Please pray for them.

If you are inclined to despair, I urge you to find solace in the lives of the saints — those who embraced the call to holiness often amidst much suffering and hardship. God rules all.

Above all, I join you today in praying for fortitude. Not brashness, and not cowardice disguised as unity. Real fortitude. The kind of fortitude the Catechism explains with this passage from Scripture:

“The Lord is my strength and my song.”

“In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer…” 

“I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Catholic Bishops, where are you?

Let’s be bold and stand up to these Anti-Catholic administration

HELP NEEDED: LIFEGUARDS AND CLEAN UP/IMPORTANT UPDATES

The Pro-Life Union is asking for help for marshals and clean up. Can you spare an hour or two of your time? If so, contact the Pro-Life Union at mail@prolifeunion.org.

IMPORTANT UPDATES

The parking lot for the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul will open at 7:30 AM on the first come, first serve basis. Plan ahead. The doors to the cathedral will open at 8AM. 200 spots are up for grabs. Your car is safe upon arrival until the event is over.

There will be additional seats in the chapel if needed. Bathrooms are in the gift shop.

If you want to get a bus to the event, there are four busses left over. Contact Steven Bozza at sbozza@archphila.org.

There will be a recitation of the rosary at approximately 8:30 AM.

Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Perez at 9AM. The homily will be given by Bishop Joe Coffey, a former Navy Chaplain who is the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Military Services.

For our Protestant brothers and sisters, there will be an interfaith prayer service on the south lawn of the cathedral (18th and Race). That will begin at 9:30 AM.

The March will begin at 17th and Race at 10:30 AM on the dot.

There will be a stop for every 60-80 marcher in front of the Philadelphia Women’s Center.

The rally begins at noon with music performance from Jack Terzian to precede it.

Mass for Life at Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

The Office of Life and Family for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host a mass in solidarity with those who will still march in DC during the would have been March for Life.

Mass will begin at 10AM and is slated to be celebrated by Archbishop Nelson
Perez.

For those interested in helping with the liturgy, contact Steven Bozza at @sbozza@archphila.org.

Please also consider helping people get to this mass.

Please visit Life and Family Office’s website for more information.

Pro-Lifers Mourn Loss of Joseph Scheidler; Grandfather of Movement

Pro-lifers across the United States mourn the loss of the “Godfather” of the early movement, Joseph Scheidler. He died today at the age of 93.

Scheidler, known as the Racketeer for Life, claim to fame was his three victories at the Supreme Court pertaining to free speech among pro-lifers in the landmark case of NOW vs Scheidler.

His son, Eric has noted “the Chicago Sun Times wrote that his father “devoted five decades of his long life to proclaiming the value of human life at its most vulnerable stage, the child in the womb.”

In 2016, Scheidler released a memoir known as “Racketeer for Life”. In it he shares how he trained pro-lifers to take the message to the street while making abortion a bad name. Order your copy here.

Today, God’s faithful servant was called home. His legacy will live on in every pro-lifer. Like the Godfather of the Pro-Life, we must do our part to be racketeers for the pro-life movement. We must bring the message to the public square tirelessly. We must get louder when the abortion movement silence us.

“Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21

Eternal rest, grant unto Joseph, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.