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.

One hour at a time; One hour at a time

The following is from an email blast sent out by Dr. Monique Ruberu, coordinator of the Philadelphia 40 Days for Life campaigns. 

Dear friends…

I’m so happy to report that we have successfully filled every hour at both vigils thus far without any gaps 🙂 that’s 63 hours of coverage!! at 777 we had Chuck Kuhar who covered for 5 hours by himself representing his Knights of Columbus group. At 12th and Locust, we had multiple people pulling together to cover all of the hours…beautiful sacrifice.

All of this happens because our Amazing creator has moved each of your hearts and souls to respond… God is so good and He is constantly providing for us…

He has made it possible to have nearby places to store our signs and resources. He has given us safety and peace as we pray. He has filled us with a sense of sadness and compassion for the men and women entering these buildings… He has filled our hearts with a desire to rise up and stand in solidarity for those brothers and sisters who have no voice… the smallest, weakest, most innocent of us all. He has provided each and every one of you and I am SO GRATEFUL.
Thank you Lord! Thank you Lord! Thank you, my friends, for your Yes. Your simple willingness to respond to these emails… I love you guys and I am praying for each one of you as we continue on to do this most important work.
please continue to join us in filling the following hours :

Mon 3/2 : 12th and locust: 12,1,2

Tues 3/3 12th and locust – Ed will be there – come and join him as the 2nd person at 9,10,11,12,2,3

Wed 3/4: 12th and locust: 2

Thurs 3/5: 12th and loc: 10,12,1

Sign up for hours here

Pro-Life is not just for Catholics, says a Protestant

 

The following is a profile article written by Lou Baldwin of CatholicPhilly.com. He recaps a recent visit of Scott Klusendorf who spoke at the 32nd annual Celebrate Life Banquet held by Pennsylvanians for Human Life on February 23rd and spoke at three local high schools. 

When one attends pro-life events in the Philadelphia area or even the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., it is easy to come away with the impression that the pro-life movement is just a Catholic thing, and no one else cares.

That is not as widespread as one might suspect.

Take Scott Klusendorf, an Evangelical Christian who was the main speaker at the 32nd annual Celebrate Life Banquet held by Pennsylvanians for Human Life at the Springfield Country Club on Feb. 23.

A graduate of UCLA who holds a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University in Southern California, he has been a fighter for human life for three decades.

Now 59 and living near Atlanta, Georgia, he and his wife Stephanie are parents of four children, Jeffrey, Tyler, Michael and Emily — “all pro-life,” said their dad.

He has been a pro-life speaker for 30 years and credits his own Christian commitment to his Chaucer professor at UCLA, who exposed him to the Christian theology underlying the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

More specifically his own awakening to the pro-life issue came while he was an associate pastor at a church in Los Angeles and he heard a talk given by Gregg Cunningham, the founder of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.

“It changed my life and I felt I had to do something about it,” Klusendorf said. “I felt I can’t just pass on the other side of the road like the priest and the Levite did. I went home and told my wife my career was about to take a dramatic change. Six months later I started a ministry helping pro-life people making a difference in the public square.”

Since then he has spoken at more than 80 colleges and universities, countless Protestant and Catholic high schools and written extensively on the issue. As a matter of fact, the day after his talk at the Pennsylvanians for Human Life dinner, he gave talks at three archdiocesan Catholic high schools – Archbishop Carroll, Msgr. Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast and Cardinal O’Hara.

Among the high schools he speaks at, probably 80 percent are Catholic, he estimated. But even among Catholic schools, not all welcome a pro-life speaker. “They give lip-service to pro-life but won’t allow speakers,” he said.

Interestingly, in this post-Vatican II era when the different denominations including Catholic have been more open to ecumenism and dialogue, Evangelicals have been warier of this than most.

Has this mutual opposition to abortion helped Evangelical-Catholic relations?

“As a Protestant, I am grateful for my Catholic friends who were at the forefront on this issue before Protestants were,” Klusendorf said. “Let’s face it, without the Catholic influence the pro-life movement would have died. We can disagree on theological issues without demonizing each other. We can discuss them over beer and cigars then roll up our sleeves to help defend life.”

While Klusendorf has been teaching pro-life especially to mostly young people for three decades now, he admits he sometimes gets discouraged.

“But I am persuaded I am required by God to speak the truth whether the people are listening not, he said. “God told the prophet, Jeremiah, to go preach against child sacrifice (Jer. 19-5), and told him ‘nobody is going to listen to you.’

“My job is more encouraging than the one he was given,” Klusendorf said. “My job is to put a pebble in their shoe, something to think about after I am gone, maybe when they are facing a crisis or a friend is considering an abortion. My job is to speak the truth and let God do the work.”

It is the same as the work of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, which has been celebrating life for decades.

At this, their 32nd annual banquet, Dr. Monique Ruberu was honored with the Margaret Way Hoffner Award and Bradley V. O’Brien received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Media Advisory-National Pro-life Coalition Holds Press Conference Ahead of Oral Arguments in Landmark Abortion Case #ProtectWomen #ProtectLife — Americans United for Life

National Pro-life Coalition Holds Press Conference Ahead of Oral Arguments in Landmark Abortion Case U.S. Senators, Representatives to join Louisiana State Lawmakers and Pro-life Advocates to discuss June Medical Services v. Russo Washington, D.C. – Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will take up June Medical Services v. Russo, potentially the most important abortion-related case…

via Media Advisory-National Pro-life Coalition Holds Press Conference Ahead of Oral Arguments in Landmark Abortion Case #ProtectWomen #ProtectLife — Americans United for Life

Pro-Life Examples Part 2: The Spiritual Work of Mercy

Here is the breakdown o the other seven works of mercy

Based on an article from the National Catholic Register, here are some ways you can exercise the seven spiritual works of mercy.

SPOILER: A majority involves prayer and spiritual reading.

The seven spiritual works of mercy are:

  1. To instruct the ignorant.
  2. To counsel the doubtful.
  3. To admonish the sinners.
  4. To bear patiently those who wrong us.
  5. To forgive offenses.
  6. To comfort the afflicted.
  7. To pray for the living and the dead

Here’s a break down on how to live out each one of them.

To instruct the ignorant

  1. Engage in pro-life apologetics
    1. We are called to be the light of Christ to those who do not know the issue well
    2. Present it in a way where you are not in their face or confrontational
  2. Read books on pro-life apologetics such as Trent Horn’s Persuasive Pro-Life or Stephanie’s Gray Love Unleashes Life
  3. Invite someone on the fence to attend a lecture given by a pro-life speaker
  4. Offer to give a pro-life talk to a respect life group or during a general assembly

To counsel the doubtful

  1. Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20)
  2. Offer information to a pregnant mom who is struggling to find the right options
  3. Pass on pro-life literature to someone who is on the fence with the issue
  4. Accompany a pregnant mom to a pregnancy crisis center during her appointment

To admonish the sinner

Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes.  Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ

  1. Be compassionate by loving when people are wrong
  2. Those who hope to denigrate the Church and its followers are looking for a fight. Give it to them, but do it clearly and with compassion. It’s called “tough love” for a reason — it might sound tough but it’s loving at its core.
  3. Write a letter to the editor in response to a pro-choice leaning article
  4. Write a letter to an elected official who supports abortion and challenge their stance
  5. Intervene fast and hard in situations where people are doing spiritual and moral harm to themselves or others.

To bear wrongs patiently

  1. Ask God to give you patience when people rattle you for your pro-life convictions
  2. Offer a Holy Hour or communion for those who repeatedly attack your faith

To forgive offenses

  1. Let go of grudges
  2. Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
  3. Participate in the Sacrament of Penance
  4. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

To comfort the afflicted

  1. Be a listening ear to those who are suffering in grief
  2. Make a meal or invite those suffering from personal or mental anguish to a social gathering
  3. Send a letter or card to those grieving the loss of a loved one
  4. Include those contemplating suicide or abortion, hurting, or suffering in your rosary or morning prayer

Pray for the living and dead

Prayer is an essential part of our spiritual lives

  1. Request a Mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time
  2. Request a mass intention for a pro-life advocate no longer with us.
  3. Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers
  4. Offer a Mass or Holy Hour for the buildup of the culture of life
  5. Ask people to pray for you and your needs

Incorporate these seven and the seven Corporal Works of Mercy into your daily lives.

 

 

 

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 9

9 Days for Life

Intention
May all who defend life find strength and renewal in the Holy Spirit.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
God has carefully, tenderly created every person in His own image and likeness, to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death, all are loved perfectly and completely by God. “It is, therefore, a service of love,” Pope Saint John Paul II explains, “which we are all committed to ensuring to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened [emphasis added]” (Evangelium vitae 77).

In a world in which the most vulnerable are so often overlooked and disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional dignity of every human life. In answering this call, we help to build “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (EV 77). May the Holy Spirit continually renew us as we strive to faithfully defend God’s gift of life.

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Abstain from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.

“Unplug” for some time, and reflect on how God may be asking you to help build a culture of life in your home, workplace, or Church community.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
Watching the news and reading headlines, we may often feel helpless in the face of heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. When our efforts to make a difference feel small, it’s important to remember that changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. It includes a willingness to be instructed by the Holy Spirit and a desire to be close to Jesus—the source of joy and love.

“How to Build a Culture of Life” briefly explains where to start.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 8

9 Days for Life

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Intention
May civic leaders work for the protection of all human life, in every stage and circumstance.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
The entire moral vision of our nation is based on respect for the dignity and sanctity of the human person. The Declaration of Independence boldly affirms that first among our inalienable rights is the right to life, given to us by the Creator. Yet despite being so solemnly proclaimed, the right to life is today threatened and often denied, particularly at the moments when life is most fragile. Our laws should—first and foremost—protect life; but currently our laws abandon the most vulnerable and violate our nation’s core principles. For “there can be no genuine justice in our society until the truths on which our nation was founded are more perfectly realized in our culture and law” (Living the Gospel of Life, 14).

Laws and policies that legalize or promote an intrinsic evil like abortion violate the virtue of justice. Those who work as public officials and civic leaders have a duty to serve the common good, and therefore have a profound obligation to safeguard this most fundamental right. As Christians, we are called to be a leaven in the world, transforming our culture from within. Through our own prayer, witness, and civic participation, we can encourage our leaders to truly answer their call to protect the rights of all people. For “there can be no true democracy without a recognition of every person’s dignity and without respect for his or her rights” (Evangelium vitae 101).

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Sacrifice some of your free time to do a small act of service, such as making breakfast for a family member, writing a note of encouragement for a coworker, or praying for the intentions of a friend.

Sometimes restrictions on religious freedom constrain our efforts to live out the Gospel of Life. We must be free to live out our Catholic faith in the public square. Offer this Prayer for Religious Liberty, that Christians may always be free to respect, protect, and defend human life.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
In 2004, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed the Church’s consistent teaching that abortion is an intrinsic evil and offered guidance to Catholic politicians regarding this fundamental teaching. Read “Catholics in Political Life,” in which the bishops outline the responsibility of Catholics in the public square to share in the “unequivocal commitment to protect human life and dignity and to preach the Gospel in difficult times.”

March for Life Recap

Hard to believe that January kicks off with so many things. One of them for pro-lifers is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

Nearly 750,000 people from all across the United States and beyond borders descended upon our nation’s capital to give voice to the voiceless.

Many brought signs with well-known organizations attached to them. Others got creative using a popular hit show or even social media memes to articulate a point.

The highlight of this year’s march is the historic address given by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. He is the first to do so in the march’s history.

“Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.” 

Though there were thirty-six counter-demonstrators that tried to foil the fun, it gave the marchers more fuel to continue to give voice to the voiceless. One of them was arrested for trying to trespass. No question and surprise that there were more.

The youth and young adults that were in attendance brought vibrant energy that can easily shake capital hill with their various chants such as the famous, “Hey Hey Ho Ho Roe v Wade has got to go” or “We love babies, Yes, we do. We love babies, how about you?”

The March for Life will forever be a well-attended event. Unfortunately, the mainstream media did not give it fair coverage as it has been the same old, same old since the beginning of the march’s existence.

What to take away?

Though it happens once a year we must march for all life from the moment of conception until natural death every day. Our job is to be present for every human, born and unborn. Whether we are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic, or atheist, we have a duty to protect every life. Every life saved is worth the effort.

I long for the day that those who come to Washington every year will not march for the reversal of the Supreme Court. Rather, we offer chants, songs, and prayers in thanksgiving for the end of the scourge of our society known as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and even unjust wars. Let us make it happen by getting involved in our community today.

Going to the March for Life? Staying in D.C. for the Weekend? Here are some events before and after and things you can do.

In a previous post, I shared about things to do if in D.C. for the weekend.

Recently, I discovered events from many pro-life groups national and local. One group is Priests for Life who will have events planned in D.C. and on the West Coast to coincide with Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Here is a list of additional events happening after the March, if you plan to stay for the night or make a weekend out of the largest peaceful demonstration of the country.

  1. Vigil for Life
    1. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will have a night-long vigil for life. Here is information on adoration, night prayer, and the opening and closing masses
  2. Nellie Gray Mass
    1. A mass in the extraordinary form will be celebrated by the community of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in downtown Washington D.C. This mass has been celebrated in memory of Nellie Gray for the last 8 years.
  3. Pro-Life Karaoke
    1. Rehumanize International and Secular Pro-Life will be hosting an epic karaoke party the night of the March for Life.
    2. This event is a fundraiser. $20 suggested donation at the door for adults. $10 suggested donation for students. $1-5 suggested donations to get on the song-request list. There will also be prizes and a raffle to win some limited edition pro-life merch! Light snacks, beer, wine, and soda will be provided! Email herb@rehumanizeintl.org  for further details.
  4. Students for Life of America Summit
    1. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski are slated to speak at the annual summit in Washington, D.C. which is expecting 2,000 in attendance.

What to bring and pack

It’s January. It will be cold, so be sure to bundle up, wear layers, and keep warm as best as possible.

Also bear in mind that you will encounter some homeless people living on the streets. Here is what to do.

  1. Give them your leftovers
  2. Give them toiletries (toothbrush, hand sanitizers,
  3. Help them get to a homeless shelter
  4. Give them your pocket change
  5. Give them clothes, gloves, a hat, scarf, and even your time.
  6. Give them a gift card to a fast-food chain.

To me, being Pro-Life does not have to limit us to defending the unborn. Rather, we care about all life. That is from the unborn child in the mother’s womb to the elderly person and everyone in between.

Join us in Praying the 9 Day Novena for Life

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will once again launch the annual novena for life. This year it runs from January 21st to the 29th.

Voices for Life will have each day of the novena posted to our blog and in turn our social media accounts. You are encouraged to participate and share each reflection of the novena to others.

Learn more about the novena here