ARCHBISHOP OF SAN FRANCISCO BARS HOUSE SPEAKER FROM RECEIVING COMMUNION

Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law: “Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.”

Archbishop Cordileone takes a stand today. After receiving no response from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he releases a statement that stops her from receiving the Eucharist while in the state of mortal sin.

Pelosi continues to defy Catholic teaching. This should be a wake-up call to all clergy to stand up for the church and stand against those who pretend to be Catholic while perverting its teachings to comfortably claim the title of “public servant”.

Let us pray for Archbishop Cordileone and all bishops to courageously defend the church in the midst of so much pressure from the progressive mob and the fear of being rejected by followers.

“Courage, dear heart” C.S. Lewis

TEN MOST COMMON PRO-ABORTION ARGUMENTS DEBUNKED

The following is an excerpt from a Daily Wire article written by Matt Walsh.

Abortion has made its way back to the forefront of the public conversation with the news of Roe v. Wade’s impending demise. Popular wisdom suggests that the focus on abortion will help the Democrats because it will have the effect of galvanizing their base. 

Also, it is claimed, that the public is largely pro-abortion. The problem with this latter claim is that it is certainly not true. Most polling data may show that a majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe, but those same polls also show that a majority of Americans favor restrictions on abortion. 

Considering that Roe prevents such restrictions, it’s clear that the public is not largely pro-abortion. It is, rather, largely confused. Democrats prefer to keep it that way. This means that focusing on abortion is not a political win for their party. They would much rather relegate the issue to the background. The more people think about it, and the more that the Democrats are forced to say about it, the worse it is for the pro-abortion side. All of their arguments collapse upon closer inspection. The best thing for them is that we do not inspect or think about the arguments at all.

To demonstrate this point, I thought it might be worthwhile to go through and respond to the ten most common pro-abortion arguments. All of these arguments have been repeated ad nauseam over the past few days. And all of them are so flimsy and weak that they can be debunked with only a few sentences. Like so: 

“A woman has the right to choose.”

Answer: No, nobody has a universal “right to choose.” We all agree that some choices must be prohibited. The question is not if women should be able to choose generally, but if they should be able to choose to intentionally destroy innocent human life. If you say that they do have that right, then you have to defend that choice on its merits. You can’t defend the choice based simply on the fact that it is one. 

“Pro-lifers want to control women’s bodies.”

Answer: the body in dispute is not the mother’s. The question, again, is whether the body of the human in her womb can be intentionally destroyed. The child’s body is the one at issue here, and we as pro-lifers are the ones trying to defend it. Besides, the people making this argument don’t even know what a woman is, or what her body is, so that’s a problem as well. But more on that later. 

“Pro-lifers are only pro-birth. They don’t care about babies after they’re born.”

Answer: you have no data or evidence to support this claim. Besides, our position is that babies in the womb have moral worth equal to babies outside. Of course, we believe babies outside have worth. That’s the whole basis of our argument. Our assertion that babies in the womb have worth is based on our contention that babies and all people outside have worth. Our argument hinges on the comparison between humans inside and outside the womb, and our contention is that there is no inherent difference in these groups aside from their physical location. 

“The “fetus” is just a clump of cells.”

Answer: We are all clumps of cells. Some of us are far clumpier than the average infant. None of that is relevant. What’s relevant is whether the “fetus” is a distinct and separate human entity, which he is. He is distinct and separate because he has his own DNA and his own developing body. He is a human being because his DNA is human, and because he was conceived by two humans.

“The “fetus” is not a person but a potential person.”

Answer: No. He is, again, a distinct human entity. If this is not the definition of a person, then none of us are persons. Also, even if he is a “potential person,” it does not automatically follow that we should destroy him. Do you believe that all non-persons can be killed? What if I decapitated a bald eagle? How would you feel about that? You see, you’re wrong that the unborn child isn’t a person — by definition he is — but even if you were right, you’d still be wrong. That’s how wrong you are. A living creature’s status as a “potential person” does not automatically justify destroying him. We all agree that there are all manners of non-person lifeforms that we shouldn’t kill. Now you have to prove not only that the unborn child isn’t a person — which you can’t — but also that, if he isn’t a person, it is morally permissible to destroy him. Which you also can’t.

“Women have reproductive rights.”

Answer: This one I agree with. Nobody should ever force a woman to reproduce. But birth is not a reproduction. Conception is reproduction. By the time the abortion is procured, reproduction has already occurred.

“What about rape and incest?”

Answer: That’s not an argument. It’s hypothetical. Rape and incest only account for one percent of all abortions. These are hard and rare cases. They might mitigate the individual moral culpability of a woman who chooses abortion but they do not change the fact that the unborn child is a distinct human entity, i.e. a human being, i.e. a person, and therefore worthy of the same protections the rest of us receive. We cannot kill the child for the sins of the father. If you want to execute someone for rape, execute the rapist, not the baby. 

“Women cannot be forced to remain pregnant. They have bodily autonomy.” 

Answer: No, they don’t have absolute autonomy, and yes they should be forced to remain pregnant if the other option is to kill the child. If this sounds harsh to you, then consider the fact that we already force parents to do all kinds of things for their born children. We force them to feed their children, clothe their children, and care for their children every second of the day. We impose responsibilities on parents that we do not impose on anyone else. I am required to do things for my child that I do not have to do for any other human on Earth. If parents do not want to fulfill this obligation, they must find someone who will. They cannot simply leave their child on the side of the road, nor can they drown their kid in the bathtub. Murder and neglect are not acceptable parenting strategies for babies outside the womb, and they shouldn’t be for babies inside the womb either. 

“Fetuses aren’t conscious.”

Answer: First of all, how do you know? We know basically nothing about the nature of consciousness. We can’t even agree on what consciousness is, much less where it comes from or how it works. Besides, let’s say they aren’t conscious, how does that justify murder — especially when we know their state of unconsciousness is temporary? Should it be legal to kill sleeping people? What about a person who is in a coma but is expected to recover within a few months? And if consciousness is the measure, then shouldn’t the right to life be granted in degrees according to the level of consciousness? Not everyone is equal in consciousness. A 25-year-old has greater consciousness, and greater self-awareness, than a 1-year-old. What about old people with dementia? They’re conscious to some degree, but it’s fading. What about people who make small talk in elevators? They appear to have no self-awareness at all? How far does this go? What is the limiting principle here? There isn’t one.

“Pro-lifers are just a bunch of men trying to boss women around.”

Answer: Not true. The pro-life movement is and has always been led primarily by women. Also, irrelevant. Also, a double-edged sword. Roe v. Wade was decided by men. Should we overturn it on that basis? I’m guessing you’d say no. Finally, what is this “women” word you use? What does that mean? Can you define it? I didn’t think so.

BIKING FOR BABIES FUNDRAISER

The following is from Kim Griffen. If you can help, no matter how big or small, it is appreciated. Be sure to learn more about Biking for Babies by visiting their website here.

On June 11th, my cousin Rachele and I will be participating in Biking for Babies’ first local ride in the Philadelphia area (Exton, Pa.) We are biking to raise awareness and funds for pregnant women and their babies! 

Would you consider “sponsoring” our ride with Biking for Babies? We hope to raise $500. Your contribution will support the Sisters of Life, Chester County Women’s Services, and the Hope Pregnancy Center. Thanks in advance, your contribution to this cause means so much to us!

https://gofund.me/5facb035

We know times are tough for many folks right now, so if you are unable to donate could you please share the link with family or friends? Neither of us has social media so we could use some help reaching out to the pro-life community! Thank you!

Please pray for pregnant women vulnerable to abortion and their precious babies. And please pray for all the cyclists participating on June 11th! 

MAY TO DO LIST

It’s the month of May. Spring is at its peak. It is the month of our Blessed Mother (Fellow Catholics will get that). The flowers have since bloomed. And in due time, the weather will gradually get warmer (especially for any of us tired of the roller coaster weather pattern recently).

Here are suggestions for the month of May:

  1. Throw a baby shower for expectant mothers
  2. Pray for all expectant mothers
  3. Collect maternity items for Pregnancy Resource Centers
  4. Attend pro-life prayer vigils and rallies in your community
  5. Plan a Holy Hour for Life at your parish
  6. Hold your elected officials accountable in the upcoming primary elections
  7. Give your graduate, mom, or anyone receiving the sacraments a reminder about the prolife message

May you have a blessed month of May. Defend and save a life. It may be your own.

PRO-LIFERS MOURN LOSS OF VICKI THORN

On Wednesday, the pro-life community has learned of the tragic loss of Vicki Thorn, foundress of Project Rachel, at the age of 72.

She shared her first indirect encountered when a friend needed help. “All I could do was just love her and be present to her, and make sure she was OK,” Thorn would recall years later. “But it was a life-changing experience for me, in understanding that abortion was not a non-event, that it left enormous footprints in someone’s life, and enormous pain.”

In 1984, Thorn founded Project Rachel while working for the Respect Life Office in Milwaukee. The idea of her ministry came from Jeremiah 31:25, which reads, “In Ramah is heard the sound of sobbing, bitter weeping! Rachel mourns for her children, she refuses to be consoled for her children — they are no more!”

In his statement on the tragic loss of Vicki Thorn, Archbishop Listecki recalled that “Vicki’s life was dedicated to a single mission; caring for men and women wounded by abortion. As the founder of Project Rachel, she single-handedly created a post-abortion healing ministry at a time when none existed,”

In 2021, Vicki Thorn received Evangelium Vitae Medal from the University of Notre Dame. View the presentation here.

Today, Project Rachel is flourishing through a majority of Archdioceses throughout the United States and in 25 additional countries.

More information about Project Rachel is available on the ministry’s USCCB’s website, or by calling 888-456-HOPE (4673).

12 SAVES DURING SPRING 2022 40 DAYS CAMPAIGN

Twelve little souls were saved that we know of because of your prayers, your fasting, your love… your presence!!!  PRAISE GOD!!!!! 

Almost every hour was covered with prayer on the sidewalk… hours of prayer and witness resulted in 12 known lifelines which will lead to 100’s of other people coming from each of those babies. 

NOW, YOU’RE NEEDED TO FILL EVERY HOUR MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

Learn more here. Your presence is needed

Happy Easter!!!!! The Lord Is Risen!

#SAYTHEIRNAMES: Ángel, Holly, Phoenix, Harriet and Christopher

News broke last week of the discovery of five babies who were murdered by means of infanticide in our nation’s capital. Tragic.

The suspected abortionist was exposed by Live Action who admitted that he won’t help any baby that survives an abortion.

This is a tragedy. Even lawmakers, Department of Justice, and others refuse to pay attention to the injustice that is happening in Washington. They also refuse to investigate.

Is this Gosnell 2.0?

We must take action today. Students for Life is leading the way and you can participate today. Help them bring justice to the five babies left to die.

FIVE SAVES IN ONE WEEK

The headline says it all. In two separate email blasts within 48 hours, Monique reported five saves.

On Monday and Tuesday, a save took place, one from each facility. On Friday, a student from UPenn reported of a woman changing her mind about abortion and connected her to Alpha Pregnancy in West Philly.

On Wednesday, a pro-lifer encountered a police officer who shared how he saved his son from abortion 34 years ago.

Then, Dr. Monique Ruberu received two calls about women who took the abortion pill and want to reverse it. She was able to call in the medication needed to begin the process.

We are making strides. Continue to do your part in saving lives with your loving and peaceful presence.

A Boy’s Life Saved at Comly Road – 34 Years Ago

Many times while we are outside of our local abortion facility praying and giving public witness or sidewalk counseling, we often wonder if our efforts are in vain.  I know I ‘ve felt that way on several occasions and would go home feeling dejected.  

Below is an uplifting account of a baby saved from abortion many years ago at the Northeast Women’s Center on Comly Road in Philadelphia (now a Planned Parenthood).  We don’t always know what the outcome of our presence or our offering of help to these women will be, but God sometimes works behind the scenes while answering our prayers. Once in a while we get to see or hear about the outcome as we see below.   This report comes from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania as told to him by Patrick Stanton. 

God bless all of you who continually pray and give witness outside of these killing centers.  Your prayers and actions, although you might not know it, are being answered!

From Mike McMonagle’s email: 

I close with an encouraging report that I received today from Pat Stanton.

When Pat was departing PP’s Center City abortion chamber today, a Philadelphia Civil Affairs Officer approached him and thanked him – and all pro-lifers – for our sidewalk counseling and public witness at abortion chambers.

This Officer revealed that, in 1988, he and his pregnant wife entered PP’s Comly Road abortion chamber for a scheduled abortion.  However, because of the witness, prayers, and information (particularly with photos) given to them by the pro-life citizens, they left without allowing an abortionist to kill their child.

The Officer concluded with the deeply heartfelt expression “We have had our son for 34 years now and every day I thank God for you people.  Keep up the good work.”

Let’s continue to act on this Officer’s exhortation!