We Don’t Need Cowards or Politicians. . .We Need BISHOPS!

The following is from Judie Brown of American Life League.

Shepherds lead from the front; goatherds lead from behind. 

There has been a lot of commentary about Bishop Robert Barron’s insistence that the laity — and not the bishops — should be providing clarity during times of crisis.  

So let me give you a vivid example of the rank cowardice we have among the Catholic bishops today. 

What follows is a statement made in May 2020 from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which — if they actually published something like this — would give pro-life Catholics across America a great deal of courage:

“Our hearts are wounded for the many souls mourned as African American communities across the nation are being disproportionately infected with and dying from the impact of Planned Parenthood. We raise our voices to urge state and national leaders to examine the generational and systemic structural conditions that make Planned Parenthood especially deadly to African American communities.

“We stand in support of all communities struggling under the weight Planned Parenthood has had not only on their physical health, but on their livelihoods, especially front line medical and sanitation workers, public safety officers, and those in the service industry. We are praying fervently for an end to abortion, and for physical health for all, and emotional healing amongst all who have lost loved ones.”

The problem? 

They never issued a statement going after Planned Parenthood or abortion.  They issued this statement about COVID-19.

If the Catholic bishops can be so adamantly clear during a pandemic that has killed 121,000 Americans, why can’t they be just as strong (if not STRONGER) in the face of the 2,363 abortions committed every day in America?!

Now it has been 103 days since the COVID-19 lockdowns began.  COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 121,000 Americans.  In 103 days, the abortion industry has murdered 271,508 babies.

This, Bishop Barron, is the problem.  We don’t need cowards.  We don’t need more politicians.  We need BISHOPS unafraid to live and defend the GOSPEL. 

How much longer will the Catholic bishops be silent in the face of the greatest sin this nation has ever committed in the eyes of God? 

If Barron is asking the laity to lead, then the laity is begging our Catholic bishops to ENFORCE CANON 915.

Archbishop Vigano Speaks Out Against Culture of Death in Letter to President Donald Trump

The following is from a letter written by Archbishop Carlos Vigano. Vigano broke the scandal involving Cardinal McCarrick in 2018. The letter was analyzed by Judie Brown, which has been posted to the blog.

Archbishop Carlos Maria Vigano has just released one of the most explosive and prophetic letters in a generation to President Trump!

Vigano not only mentions the impact of the “deep state” and its role in maligning and distorting Catholic teaching, but he also offers tremendous hope to faithful pro-life Catholics in America:

“It is necessary that the good, the children of light, come together and make their voices heard. What more effective way is there to do this, Mr. President, than by prayer, asking the Lord to protect you, the United States, and all of humanity from this enormous attack of the Enemy?

Before the power of prayer, the deceptions of the children of darkness will collapse, their plots will be revealed, their betrayal will be shown, their frightening power will end in nothing, brought to light and exposed for what it is: an infernal deception.”

— LifeSiteNews (07  June 2020)

Meanwhile, what is ‘Uncle Ted’ McCarrick’s hand picked successor up to?

Rather than protest the nearest Planned Parenthood, Archbishop Wilton Gregory ordered the priests and bishops of the Archdiocese of Washington to protest President Trump at a rally in Lafayette Park.
 

“Of the about 200 priests and nuns, dressed in clerical garb, who showed up, many carried politically charged signs. One Dominican sister held a sign reading, “I repent of my racism.” A Franciscan brother lifted a crucifix aloft, while a man walking behind him raised two messages, one reading “Trump mocks Christ,” the other saying, “Barr is complicit.”

— Washington Examiner (08  June 2020)

When was the last time you saw the likes of Archbishop Gregory or any of McCarrick’s “men” protest Planned Parenthood with this sort of energy?

Vigano is right about the enemies within.  We live in dark times.

. . . but Vigano is also right to sound the call to arms

Society either recognizes the profound, inherent, moral and equal dignity of every human person or it does not.  That was the moral leadership of Pope Saint John Paul II.

Cupich, Gregory, Dolan, Wuerl and the whole host of “men” who protected sexual predator and disgraced former Cardinal Theodore ‘Uncle Ted’ McCarrick aren’t practicing the Catholic faith — they are selling out to the highest bidder, and the babies are their victims.

You and I know this fight is coming.  In fact, it is already here.

That’s why I urgently need your support right now with a gift of $35, $50, $100 or even $250 or $500 right away.

The truth is that babies are dying, and rather than stop the killing these pro-abortion Catholic bishops would rather protest the most pro-life president we have ever had in service to a leftist political agenda.

They’ve closed our parishes.  They’ve denied faithful Catholics the sacraments. . . but they can pile in together at Lafayette Park in service to a political agenda?!   When was the last time Gregory protested an abortion center with this much energy? (HINT: the answer is never)

ENOUGH.

Vigano’s prophetic words deserve our support.   I’m going to take it right into the teeth of these whiny, spineless bishops until they DEFEND THE EUCHARIST and ENFORCE CANON LAW 915.

Dear Bishops: Be Lions for Christ

The following is from an email blast sent out by Judie Brown of the American Life League. Please see information on how you can encourage your bishop to be bold and take a stand against public servants who dismiss Catholic teachings while in public office. 

The ongoing hypocrisy of pro-abortion Catholics like Joe Biden continues to boggle the Catholic mind. It is hard for any of us to understand how any thinking human being who claims to be Catholic could be such a voracious supporter of aborting little babies! Yet that is exactly what Biden and his ilk are up to on a daily basis.

On the other hand, we have the American Catholic bishops who are all atwitter with the coronavirus, shutting down churches and encouraging Catholics to use at-home resources including online Mass. Baltimore’s Archbishop Lori told the media: “We do not feel as though we have been forced into doing this by the government. We feel like we’re doing the right thing.”

Yet, when it comes to pro-abortion Catholics like Biden and Pelosi spreading a virus of disdain for preborn babies—a “virus” that surgically kills more than 2,000 individual human beings daily—the bishops only resort to occasional criticism. They have never taken steps as a united body to deny Biden the sacrament of Holy Eucharist.

In fact, the entire cast of characters known as the USCCB has never acted to deny any pro-abortion Catholic public figure the body of Christ!

Somehow it seems easier for bishops to shut the doors of the Church to faithful Catholics than to defend Christ from sacrilege.

We know that Christ’s presence in the Eucharist is real. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “the Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’” It further explains:

The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.” In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.” “This presence is called ‘real’ – by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.”

Knowing the truth of these words and knowing the devotion that such a teaching should command, we are speechless to explain why the bishops are silent. It would seem to us that, just like the young boy Saint Tarsicius, our bishops would prefer death over permitting any sacrilege to befall Christ in the Eucharist.

But first, faith must exist. And it must be a faith in the real presence of Christ.

Fr. John Hardon, S.J., a holy priest who brought many to the Church and back to the Church, taught this about the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist: “Only those who really believe that God became man can even begin to believe in His Real Presence now on earth in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Thus, faith in the Incarnation is the foundation for our faith in the Real Presence. As a result, growth in our faith in the Incarnation is the condition for growth in our faith in the Real Presence.”

Joe Biden has said that “no one is expendable. No life is worth losing,” yet he condones the act of aborting a baby.

The bishops have said, in joint statements and with a single voice, that “abortion ends the life of a child and offends God.” Yet they are silent when it comes to defending Christ from sacrilege.

This dichotomy is a tragedy. We call upon the bishops, and we ask you to do likewise. Let them know that, as ordained men of God, they are obliged to defend the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist in the same way they defend the real presence of the child prior to birth.

Let us remind them, one by one, that “only those who really believe that God became man can even begin to believe in His Real Presence now on earth in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.”

The Catholic bishops are obliged to teach, not tremble, especially in times like these.

Dear Bishops, be lions for Christ.

To contact your bishops and kindly express your thoughts, go to usccb.org/about/bishops-and-dioceses/all-dioceses.cfm.

Good Shepherds, Rise Up! Speak Out Against Abortion

A recent post on our blog shared a study that is appalling. It shared the percentage of sermons and homilies that focus on the issue of abortion.

Is it any coincidence that this study is shared on readings that speak volumes on Good Shepherd Sunday? The last line of John’s Gospel in today’s gospel for this Sunday says it all: “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Our culture needs more members of the clergy to be vocal in the defense of human life.

To members of the clergy, the time to appease your flock is over. It is time to be bold. It is time to overcome the fear of living out your call to spread the gospel with truth, love, and mercy.

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has excellent sources on how to do so. Here is a collection of homilies Purchase his book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary, here.

 

 

Pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday

Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles is asking the faithful to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday (April 10th) at 3PM.

Here is how to pray it:

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord, have mercy

R: Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy
God our Father in heaven

R: have mercy on us

God the Son, Redeemer of the world

R: have mercy on us

God the Holy Spirit

R: have mercy on us

Holy Trinity, one God

R: have mercy on us

(Response for every petition is: Have mercy on us)

Heart of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in
the womb of the Virgin Mother

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, one with the eternal Word

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, infinite in majesty

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of
heaven

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, aflame with love for us

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, source of justice and love

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, well-spring of all virtue

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, worthy of all praise

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, treasure-house of wisdom
and knowledge

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, in whom there dwells the
fullness of God

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is
Well pleased

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, from whose fullness we
have all received

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, desire of the eternal hills

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, patient and full of mercy

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, generous to all who turn
to you

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, atonement for our sins

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with insults

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, broken for our sins

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, obedient even to death

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, pierced by a lance

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, victim of our sins

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, salvation of all who trust
in you

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, hope of all who die in you

have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints

have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world

have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world

have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world

have mercy on us
Jesus, gentle and humble of heart.

Touch our hearts
and make them like your own.
Let us pray.
Father, we rejoice in the gifts of love we have received from the heart of Jesus your Son. Open our hearts to share his life and continue to bless us with his love. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

For more information, read the full article here

Masses Are Closed; Planned Parenthood Stays Open: WHERE IS THE USCCB?

The following is from Judie Brown, President of American Life League. 

No one worried about receiving the Holy Eucharist in a state of mortal sin, but the coronavirus shows up and suddenly we have all these rules and regulations in every diocese! 

It’s enough to make an average Catholic wonder.

What will it take for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to defend the Holy Eucharist against pro-abortion Catholic public figures?

Abortion Joe Biden doesn’t seem to be much concerned.  Neither was Nancy Pelosi as she was lobbying to give Planned Parenthood access to over $1 billion in federal taxpayer funding in direct violation of the Hyde Amendment.

. . . and do we even need to mention Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez? 

Yet once again — with few and notable exceptions — where are our bishops?  Why are Masses closed while Planned Parenthood remains open for business?

It is high time the USCCB start enforcing Canon 915 and take square aim at those who are giving aid and comfort to Planned Parenthood and the hundreds of abortion centers still open across the country.

Right now in Virginia, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor to attend Holy Mass with more than 10 people.  That’s 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

But Planned Parenthood abortion centers across America are exempt from these restrictions as they continue to slaughter innocent babies. 

If the USCCB can’t stand up to the likes of Planned Parenthood, how on earth are they ever going to stand firm in defense of the Holy Eucharist from sacrilege by these pro-abortion Catholics?

Every year, American Life League publishes our “Deadly Dozen” list — 12 so-called Catholic public figures who defy Catholic teaching on abortion, yet still receive the Eucharist in defiance of Canon Law.  

This year, we want to make sure the Catholic bishops have the guts to do the right thing.  If they can protect the Eucharist from a virus, they can protect the Eucharist from the worst virus of them all — an obstinate mortal sin.

Where on earth are our shepherds??

Our Catholic bishops need to be reminded of their duties to the Catholic faithful.  If we can protect the Eucharist from a virus, we can protect the Eucharist from sacrilege.  Simple as that!

But I need your help to bring the USCCB to their senses.  Help me enforce Canon 915 against these so-called “Catholic public figures!

PS:  REMEMBER that no one worried about receiving the Holy Eucharist in a state of obstinate mortal sin, but a virus shows up and suddenly we have all these rules and regulations in every diocese! 

Masses are closed; Planned Parenthood is open; our bishops are silent.  All we have is one another — which is why I urgently need your help to enforce Canon 915 today.

Evangelium Vitae- 25 years later

For most of his papacy, St. John Paul the Great emphasize the necessity for every Catholic to protect the sanctity of human life.

For him, his work that was promulgated on this day 25 years ago rings true today.

The point of the document is to reinforce church teaching on the sanctity of human life. Not only does he reinforce the teaching on abortion and contraception, but he also takes it a step further by discussing the death penalty stating that it is “unholy and unlawful”.

Another form of a murder he discusses is euthanasia “grave violation of the law of God” because it is a form of deliberate killing.

Overall, the encyclical was a pro-life manifesto. It defines what it means to be for all stages of life and how we can pick and choose which form of life we should defend.

To read more of the papal encyclical, visit here

You are also encouraged to obtain a physical copy of the document here

Brave Pastor, Brave Flock

An email blast from Dr. Monique Ruberu

Have you ever noticed that the poorest of the poor are frequently the most generous… they willingly share what little they have without asking for anything in return…

They are blessed.., they are being the hands and feet of Jesus…

Many of us come from big church communities with beautiful sanctuaries, lovely padded pews, collection baskets that are filled at multiple masses or services… People come to church driving expensive cars and when a request is made to give one hour of their time to spend praying outside of abortion Centers we are lucky to get 3 volunteers… everyone else looks away or looks at the floor as they pass us by…

Yet in the depths of Philly, there is a beautiful small but growing community of Christians… Ones that serve and give until it hurts… and then they give more. I’m speaking of Pastor Curtis and the members of the Philadelphia Ekklesia church… I visited them last year, They worship in rented space from a stained window factory, they worship on foldable chairs, and they give everything they have.
their prayers and worship are beautiful.. and they are led by a Truly pro-life pastor. Pastor Curtis prays outside of 12th and locust every Monday. Every Saturday he prays with his children outside of the downtown abortion Centers again. His community makes many of the blessing bags you hand out while praying outside, they come as a church to fill the vigil, and they even throw baby showers for moms that have chosen life.
Their church is not wealthy in terms of dollars and cents, but they are SO wealthy in terms of love, compassion, service, generosity, kindness and doing God’s work.
May we all try to be more like Pastor Curtis as his church!!!

please join us in filling these hours:

Thursday 3/12: 12th and locust 8,9

Friday 3/13: 777 appletree: 11,1

Tues 3/17: 12th and locust 8,11,1,2,3

Tues 3/17: 777 appletree: 1,2

Wed 3/18: 777 appletree 9,10,11,12,1,2

March with the Pro-Life Union in the Annual St. Patrick’s Day

ATTENTION ALL COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL, AND PARISH RESPECT LIFE GROUPS:

Philadelphia’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Sunday, March 15th.

Once again, the Pro-Life Union will be taking part in the parade.

Everyone will meet at 16th and JFK Boulevard at 11AM. Bring a friend or two to the event.

Be sure to look for our banner in the photo shown and help spread the pro-life message along the parade route.

Visit here for more information.

The Pro-life Counter-Witness to Roe v. Wade

The following is a column from the National Right to Life that was published yesterday. Originally it was written by Archbishop Charles J Chaput a week prior to the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade. 

Charles J. Chaput is the Archbishop of Philadelphia, and (as anyone who reads NRL News Today already knows) someone from whom I have learned a great deal and quote frequently. The following is excerpted from his weekly column and was written just prior to the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.


January 22 marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion on demand. Thanks to Roe, abortion has killed more than 57 million unborn children [now over 61 million] over the past four decades – the equivalent of roughly one in six living Americans; an entire generation extinguished. But alongside the killing spree, and despite the contempt of abortion activists and unfriendly media, the pro-life counter-witness of millions of Americans has also continued.

The “March for Life” this January, like every January over the past several decades, reminds the nation that killing an unborn child is never a private matter. Abortion is a uniquely intimate form of violence – but violence with bitter public consequences. Catholics eagerly join the March for Life each year because we believe in the God of life and joy; a God who creates every human being with innate dignity and rights, including above all the right to life.

What we really believe, we conform our lives to. And if we don’t at least try to conform our lives to what we claim to believe, then we’re fooling only ourselves, because God cannot be fooled. When we claim to be “Catholic” but then don’t advance our beliefs about the sanctity of the human person as the basis of law, it means one of two things.

We’re either very confused, or we’re very evasive.

All law involves the imposition of somebody’s beliefs about the nature of truth, charity, and justice on everyone else. That’s the reason we have marches, debates, elections, and Congress–to peacefully turn the struggle of ideas and moral convictions into laws that guide our common life. …

There’s a very old Christian expression that goes like this: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

Are we troubled enough about what’s wrong with the world — the killing of millions of unborn children through abortion; the neglect of the poor, the disabled and the elderly? Do we really have the courage of our convictions to change those things?

The opposite of hope is cynicism, and cynicism also has two daughters. Their names are indifference and cowardice. In renewing ourselves in our faith, what Catholics need to change most urgently is the lack of courage we find in our own personal lives, in our national political life, and sometimes even within the Church herself.

Every year in these weeks between the end of Christmas and the beginning of Lent, I reflect on what the Church means when she talks about the season of “ordinary time.” Ordinary time is where we spend most of our lives — raising families, doing our jobs, helping others, making the daily choices that shape the world around us. Ordinary time is the space God gives us to make a difference with our lives. What we do with that ordinary time — in our personal choices and in our public actions — matters eternally.

As Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote [in “The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956”], “the line separating good and evil runs not through states, nor between classes, nor even between political parties, but right through the center of each human heart, and every human heart.” That includes you and me.

Next week hundreds of thousands of good people will march for life in Washington. It’s an opportunity to prove the strength of our convictions; to show to the world what we really believe about the sanctity of human life. I’ll be there. And I ask you to join me.

Blogger’s Note: If you are planning to be in DC next week and decide to stay for the weekend, here is a post that breaks down a few worthwhile events and additional ones hosted by Priest for Life that are in DC and West Coast.