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.

Mother’s Day Rally Asks Why Churches Non-Essential But Abortion Facilities Are

On a beautiful Saturday morning, 40 pro-lifers gathered outside of the Philadelphia Women’s Center for a pre-Mother’s Day rally.

Pat Stanton opened the rally with a prayer that stresses the importance of being created for God and by God for a purpose. He later asked the question as to why would churches be closed yet abortion facilities remain open under a communist governor like Tom Wolf.

The speakers included Marlene Downing of Hope Pregnancy, Katelyn D’Adamo of Generation Life, Fr. Michael Moriarty of Legionnaires of Christ, and Pastor Herb Lusk III.

Marlene stressed the importance of praying for the conversion of not just the mothers but also those that are accessory to the slaughter of innocent blood. She even knew that God has a plan for when the facility will be closed for good. She encouraged everyone to be steadfast and present.

Katelyn, the acting Director of Generation Life, shared how her closest friend was pregnant while attending college. Because of Katelyn being present, her friend chose life and graduated second in her class.

Following Katelyn was Kim Savage. Twenty years ago, Kim became one of the first members of Generation Life. She is now a mother of four. She shared about her adoption story and reflected on what it meant to be a mother.

Pastor Herb of Greater Exodus Church reminded everyone to come from a place to love in order to change hearts. Drawing from the story of Hannah in the Old Testament, prayed for a child and turned out to be one of the greatest prophets, Samuel. She would dedicate him to God.

Fr. Michael Moriarty concluded the rally with how he shared the fact that his mom chose life despite being an alcoholic and dedicated his priesthood to helping the poor in Kensington.

A blessed Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Thank you for your yes to life. You’re heroes.

“You risk your heart every day to become a mom.” Fr. Mike Schmitz

The Hypocrisy of Pro-Abortion Governors

It should come as no surprise that many governors who claim to be Catholic are choosing their self-interest over the faith of others.

Here is  a rundown of every so-called Catholic governor so far

Andrew Cuomo- New York

Cuomo does not need a long introduction, but God knows that he is in the state of mortal sin as he continues to murder life from womb to tomb in the Empire State. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree as his father, Mario, labeled the idea that “I’m Catholic, but” which was backfired by Cardinal John O’Connor. Who dares to play God when it comes to human life?

Gina Raimondo- Rhode Island

She sent a letter to Barth Bracy, the executive director of Rhode Island Right to Life, about keeping abortion facilities open while churches are closed during the pandemic.

Gretchen Whitmer- Michigan

Whitmer is a feminist. A tween from 2018 recently surfaced that shows her wearing a pink hat that reads, “Planned Parenthood makes America Great”. Oh, really? Then why have 61 million Americans been murdered by the largest abortion chain? She even barred purchasing American flags while allowing abortions to happen in her state. Read more here

Tom Wolf- Pennsylvania

Wolf volunteered for Planned Parenthood in his early days. He even is their best friend. Observe

tom wolf PP Escort

What is appalling is, like many of his esteemed colleagues that have turned states progressive, he deemed abortion as “essential service” while many businesses in the commonwealth are suffering. Even with a red house and senate in the Keystone State, Wolf has vetoed pro-life bills, but they will be overridden.

Ralph Northam

Dr. Ralph Northam has been the subject of many news headlines. What is so disconcerting about him is the fact that a former pediatrician who dares to play the inconsistent card when it comes to human life. One example is his viewpoint on infanticide.

Bottom line: elections have consequences and those that have refused to defend the most precious must be voted out.

 

 

 

Praying for two moms who walked away from PA’s worst abortion center

The following is from Tom Stevens, the Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Please pray!

Like Mary and Elizabeth …

As I was praying at Philadelphia Women’s Center (Pennsylvania’s worst abortion clinic) last Friday, two young girls came out of the abortion center and when they caught my eye, one asked if I was protesting.  I said, “I’m praying and I’m here to help.”  She said,  “I don’t want an abortion but I already have a two-year-old, and I don’t want to have a baby suffer.”  I said, “Everybody suffers, but everybody has a lot of wonderful moments in life, too.  I can’t solve all your problems, but I am here to help and we have a team of people who are ready to support you and your baby.”

When I asked how far along she was, she said, “Look, I’m 17 weeks.”  She lifted her jacket and showed me her belly.  There was no doubt.  I asked what she was doing here.  She said she and her sister were getting information about the ‘procedure’ and scheduling an abortion for Tuesday (tomorrow).  She said she wouldn’t go through with it.  Her sister, who is 10 weeks pregnant, said she wouldn’t do it either.  Praise God!

PLEASE PRAY that they stick with their intention to choose life.

Marlene Downing, Dir. of Hope Pregnancy Center, and Member of Pro-Life Union Board of Directors, is helping me in counseling them, searching for housing, and providing for material needs.

THIS IS A TIME of GRACE … even in the midst of the pandemic, shut-down, and the increased atmosphere of fear.  God is on the move.

Let’s all join in praying for great grace for moms discovering that they are pregnant right now … and pray for all those who are serving them.

Be at peace and know that the Lord is good.

Learn more here

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR BRIAN EDWARDS

In a recent post, I shared about a book that is on the bookshelves now due to an early release. I had an opportunity to interview the author himself through a Q&A. Let us get behind authors, businesses, and those who are unafraid to proclaim the pro-life message. 

1) Tell us who you are and your personal background (family, occupation, where you live)
A: I’m Brian! I converted to Catholicism five years ago from a church-hopping Protestant! I have a wife and daughter, and we’re from Alabama. I am an IT guy for a major hospital down here and am blessed enough to still be working during this pandemic. I also run a Catholic meme page on Instagram, @Cathoholicism -I started that account at the end of 2018.

2) You have a book that is coming out later this spring. What is it called? What is it about?
A: I actually released it ahead of schedule this very morning! It’s called STORK: Sowing Season. It’s a dystopian themed fiction set in the 2060s. A single Artificial Intelligence, named Unity, governs the entire earth. He’s banned many things that we enjoy today, but most importantly prohibits natural pregnancies. Only the most obedient citizens are capable of purchasing a lab-grown child from STORK, the company that makes them. The novel itself takes place in Birmingham, Alabama. It follows a family of Catholics and their daily struggles from secret Masses to heartaches caused by ones they love. The book also tells Stone’s tale, his path to being initiated into a religious terrorism group, called the Zealots. One other part of this web of lives includes Isaac, a detective that’s hunting the Zealots before their next attack. It covers Just War, the importance of procreation, and it serves as a cautionary tale of how our governments will increase control over us in an attempt to control pollution, disease, and disobedience.

3) Why did you decide to write this book?
A: I’ve always felt passionately about these subjects and I’ve always been a sort of artist. I grew up drawing, painting, and telling stories! This was just a project that brought me back to that creativity that I had placed away.
I also greatly desire to use my gifts and talents to entertain and further inspire people who are likeminded or will be likeminded. I feel as though there’s a great drought of
conservative/traditionalist entertainment and art. The world is filled with degeneracy and sin. I’m tired of people thinking that you have to fill fiction with sex and crudity to capture the attention of viewers/readers.
4) I noticed something that makes your book stand out and judged by its cover. What made you use a stork?
A: The Stork has always been a symbol of new life! I thought there would be nothing better than to name the company from the story that symbol. As I mentioned earlier, STORK is where all the would-be parents go to purchase a lab-grown baby. In the cover, you’ll also note that the Stork carries a scythe as well. This is meant to show that STORK is now also a wielder of death.

5) What is the message of the book you hope to convey to your readers?

A: I hope readers will take this story as a warning for them and their children. We are replacing God with automation and technology. The progressive agenda will NEVER stop; it is a system of constant erosion. Aside from the major themes in the story, at its heart, I hope it inspires the readers to seek reconciliation with God. There’s no sin, no life-time filled with them, that God can not wipe clean in an instant!

6) Your book could not come at a better time. We see today how our rights are being forfeited for something that can conquer our freedoms, we have. How well should this resonate to those who are afraid to take a stand?
A: I think the book really has an opportunity to reveal to many the possible threats we face in a not so distant future.

The important thing to realize, is that many of the freedoms, the progressive freedoms will have the reverse effect on us. Fighting for rights such as abortion not only belittles the significance of life, but will lead us to surrender our right to create life.

7) What are some ways people can purchase your book?
A: Amazon! There are paperbacks for $15.99, and Kindle, ebooks for $3.99. Anyone that has any questions can always visit me on @Cathoholicism on Instagram and ask away! I’m very good at responding.

Stork Sowing Season

New Pro-Life Book To Be Released Soon

A pro-life themed book is set to be released at the end of April.

The story of fiction is set in a futuristic 2060s that tells the story of what happens when we surrender our personal freedoms to fit a dictatorial technocracy. This regime even picks and chooses who can and cannot have children (Sound familiar?).

The book is set to be released in the coming days, but you are encouraged to order them now on Amazon.

As of today, it is available on paperback and kindle.

 

Upcoming Events from Students for Life

Coronavirus cancellations have you stuck inside?

While we can’t ship you milk or toilet paper, we CAN provide you with FIVE weeks of virtual training courses! You’ll be joined by your Regional Coordinator along with 50+ other pro-life students.

Your virtual pro-life training is happening over video calls every week all the way through April 20th. Remaining sessions include:

  • Week of 3/30: “How to Dialogue Online
  • Week of 4/6: “Countering Abortion Culture
  • Week of 4/13: “Non-Violent Patient Care
  • Week of 4/20: “Preparing for 2020 Elections

Click here to find out what time & date yours are and to register!

Are You a Pro-Life Artist?
Students for Life has added a brand-new program to our family of fellowships: The Hildegard Art Fellowship. And this one’s just for pro-life artists! The Hildegard Art Fellowship is about engaging young artists to use their artistry to change hearts and minds on abortion by becoming artist-activists. Click here (or the button below) to apply by May 1st!

Here’s who can apply:

  • Any incoming undergraduate, graduate, law, and med students.
  • Artists of all kinds: visual, word, and performing.
  • Must be a current leader or member of a campus pro-life organization.
  • Must be interested in pursuing a full-time career in the pro-life movement.
  • Must be able to attend the kick-off weekend, Friday, June 26th– Tuesday, June 30th.*
    *pending the safety of travel at that time due to COVID-19.

BUY PRO-LIFE GEAR

It’s spring cleaning time at the Students for Life warehouse! All merch & apparel are on sale through March 31st or until supplies last.

Some of our most popular items are up to 40% off! It is the BEST time to stock up on our trendy, thought-provoking gear.

Shop to find discounts on our pro-life hoodies, crew neck sweaters, tees, cropped tops, tanks, stickers, and pins with some of our favorite designs.

Don’t miss out – it won’t last long!

Top 8 Pro-Life Things To Do During COVID-19
While we’re all in virtual quarantine, Students for Life decided to go ahead and create a plan for the Pro-Life Generation to go 100% digital. Check out how you can take advantage of all that time you’ll now be spending at home and continue to be a voice for Life!

The Top 8 List:

  • Sign up for the Regional Pro-Life Trainings.
  • Tune in to the SFLA Facebook Lives with special guests.
  • Subscribe to and catch up on the Explicitly Pro-Life podcast.
  • Check out our re-vamped Students for Life HQ.
  • Log conversations and earn prizes with the T.A.L.K. Challenge. Read more here.
  • Write thank you’s to your pro-life legislators (check their track records here).
  • Update your group’s materials so you’re ready to go next fall.
  • Promote an online diaper bank to support families in need at this time.

 

Bonus Training: Should Women be Jailed for Aborting?

As you saw, Students for Life is hosting our own pro-life trainings for the next 5 weeks.

But there’s also a Bonus Training by Equal Rights Institute this Tuesday at 9pm EST!

The topic is a question that comes up often in conversations about abortion: “Do you think women should go to jail for having an abortion when it becomes illegal?”

In this webinar, Josh Brahm (the president of the Equal Rights Institute) will discuss that difficult question and offer several practical suggestions for how to respond to it. Afterward, Josh will take YOUR questions!

Make sure to REGISTER HERE or you won’t be able to join us live. Plus, the replay of the webinar will only be available for 48-hours. If you can’t join us live but you want to receive the replay link afterward, click HERE to register now.

Corona Virus Concerns; 40 Days Urges Caution But Be Present

Here are several email blasts from the Greater Philadelphia area campaign leaders regarding the coronavirus and how to go about it. Please be sure to use common sense if you decide to go forward with your commitment outside of these places of death. As of now, abortion facilities will continue to be open to murdering babies in spite of the pandemic.

Rachel Hayes- Chester County

40 Days for Life campaign headquarters has informed campaign leaders to monitor and comply with all national, state, and local health and safety regulations regarding the coronavirus/Covid-19.

You may be aware that Chester County has now had its first confirmed case, and the County is currently urging residents to avoid gyms, venues, and large public gatherings.

As our vigil is held outdoors and there is no necessity to be in close proximity to others, here are the recommended guidelines to follow while holding vigil:

Practice social distancing at your vigil sites by remaining three feet away from other participants and avoid physical contact such as handshakes and hugs. As we have all already been instructed from the beginning of this outbreak, if you are ill or a close family member is ill, please do not go out in public.

During this Lenten season, as we are already praying and fasting for an end to abortion and the protection of innocent human life, let us also pray for an end to the spread of this potentially deadly virus and for the health and safety of all our neighbors, born and unborn.

If there is any change to the Chester County recommendations I will send an updated notice. Of course, if you are uncomfortable holding vigil, please feel free to pray from home.

Anita Flynn- Planned Parenthood-Comly Road

Please know that you should not feel obligated to stand up at Comly Road if you are at all uncomfortable about being out in public during this time.  We never want anyone to be uncomfortable up there. Please feel free to contact me to cancel any time you may have scheduled.  There will be another vigil in the Fall and hopefully, by then this will have passed.

Any questions or concerns about our local vigil during this time let me know.  If you prefer to contact the 40 Days for Life organization directly about the email below here is their contact info:

PHONE

888-LIFE-316

(888-543-3316)

EMAIL

info@40daysforlife.com

 

Prayers that all who have contracted this virus will recover and that anyone feeling the downstream effects of this will have the support they need.

Monique Ruberu- Philadelphia Campaigns

I know with all of the coronavirus concern many of you are hesitant to go and pray outside of these centers.

Sadly although schools are closed, and nonessential businesses I don’t believe that the abortion centers are closing.

I can almost guarantee you that you will be standing alone or with another person in prayer… you are free to stand more than 6 feet apart, greet one another with waves and elbow taps, you can even wear a mask 🙂  but please consider coming out to pray.

The coronavirus has killed people, but the abortion center continues to kill 6000 babies a year. That’s 23 babies every day they are open.
It’s about 6 babies for every hour you stand there… so can you please come and pray for the 6 babies nobody else is standing up for?