Denied Sacraments; Not Access to Abortion. Catholic Bishops, Speak Up

By now, many Catholic bishops have made one of the hardest decisions to ever come in the midst of the pandemic. That decision was to suspend the celebration of mass and live stream masses until the pandemic passes. Catholics are not thrilled over this decision. They are deprived of receiving the Eucharist. However, many are encouraged to make a spiritual communion. In the midst of it, one brave pastor held a Sunday service. He paid the price as he was arrested.

As Lent is drawing to a close and one of the most pivotal times of the church’s calendar approaches, it seems many pro-lifers are being challenged even more. 40 Days for Life campaigns are canceled now due to the rapid spread of the virus as we cannot have 10 people or more outside of abortion facilities in the midst of physical distancing (the correct term as opposed to social distancing). No palms this year, witnessing new Catholics coming to the faith on Easter Sunday, not even families gathering for mass together and receive the blessing of the Easter Holy Water.

Meanwhile, across many states, Planned Parenthood facilities remain open as they are deemed “essential”. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck the Schmuck Schumer were looking out for Planned Parenthood when it came to stimulus money without a care for the average American out of work. Even many doctors are up in arms about many states’ decisions to leave them open. Time and time again, the abortion industry is using events like the pandemic to put profit ahead of actual care.

At the same time, the Catholic bishops have been silent. It has helped the oppressors. Our bishops can do better. Where are they? They all come together to close the church’s door and improvise mass celebrations to the virtual world. Catholics can’t receive the sacraments. No weddings. No funerals. Churches are open for worship only. Many Catholics are seeing this as a way to forget the 3rd commandment, yet they are encouraged to view the mass on the internet. Sadly many are not doing so.

CALL TO ACTION

I am calling on all people of faith to come together, call their representative and ask their officials to close the abortion facilities.

If you are in good health and are prepared, go and be physically present outside of abortion facilities. Bring resources with you.

Offer your next Holy Hour or prayer meeting (physically or virtually) for an end to abortion.

Take a photo of your pro-life sign and tag the location of the Planned Parenthood facility on your next social media post (Facebook and Instagram).  Remind women that they are amazing, strong, and beautiful. You have help.

Post-pro-life messages on your church’s billboard and bulletin.

Use social media to spread the pro-life message. Be ready for a backlash. Respond with love.

This pandemic can bring the best and worst out of everyone. Let this bring out the best in every pro-lifer.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice”  Proverbs 31: 8-9

 

It’s time to raise our voices for LIFE! — Deacon John’s Space

Watch and Share PA LifeLinks e-newsletter March 29, 2020 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ Socially distant but not Silent! Students for Life is taking the pro-life conversation from the campus to the computer. Watch as they discuss how we can advocate pro-life views on social media and continue to change hearts and minds. Tell […]

via It’s time to raise our voices for LIFE! — Deacon John’s Space

40 Days For Life: DAY 34: Meet two moms who chose life — Deacon John’s Space

Even though public vigils have been suspended, we know of 282 babies spared from abortion since February 26–with news from local campaigns continuing to come in. We now have a confirmed report of the… …17,000th baby saved from abortion all-time! In today’s video blog, you’ll meet TWO abortion-bound mothers who thank YOU for helping empower […]

via 40 Days For Life: DAY 34: Meet two moms who chose life — Deacon John’s Space

Action Needed: Prevent Telemed Abortion & Shutdown Abortion Centers – Contact Your State Senator and Gov. Wolf Today!

Below is an action request from Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia asking us to contact our State Senator and Governor Wolf for their support on the amended Senate Bill 857.   

Please click on the link which takes you to SignUp Genius and commit to a time you will contact these legislators.  Tom has provided a sample comment for both Gov Wolf and your State Senator.  

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TODAY and TUESDAY you can be part of this campaign to not allow abortion by telephone/videoconference.

SIGN UP NOW for this 48 Hour Campaign and add your voice to this fight:

SIGN UP HERE!

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, pro abortion advocates are trying to expand abortion access via TeleMedicine.  They want doctors to be able to prescribe the abortion pill RU-486 without ever meeting the woman in person.

This is dangerous for the women involved and will greatly expand the number of abortions performed in Pennsylvania.  We need your help NOW to stop this threat.

Additionally, our Governor refuses to close the doors of existing abortion facilities even as all non-essential businesses and health care facilities are closing to decrease exposure to COVID-19 and conserve critical medical equipment.

Can you give us 20 minutes of your time this week to tell Legislators and Governor Wolf that new TeleMedicine legislation CANNOT allow telemed access abortions in Pennsylvania, and that abortion facilities should be ordered to CLOSE during this pandemic?

 We are asking supporters to commit to time slots on Monday and Tuesday to call and email members of the Pennsylvania State Senate and Governor Wolf.

It is critical that our government hears directly from pro life Pennsylvanians.  Indeed, we often hear from our friends in the Legislature that pro abortion advocates yell longer and louder on issues regarding abortion access

We cannot allow the chaos of this pandemic to increase the number of surgical and medicated abortions performed in our state.

SIGN UP NOW for this 48 Hour Campaign and add your voice to this fight:

SIGN UP HERE!

WHAT DO I DO AND WHAT DO I SAY:

**Please know that almost all phone calls will go to voice mail because Legislators are working with minimal staff at this time.  LEAVE A MESSAGE!  Voice mails are checked daily.  Be brief in your voicemail.   There is a small chance you will speak with an office staff person.  Please relay this message directly to them.

  1. At your allotted time, call your State Senator’s office. You can find your Senator’s name and contact information via this web tool.

https://pennsylvaniafamilycouncil.salsalabs.org/dontpullapelosi/index.html

SUGGESTED PHONE COMMENT: “Senator _____, as your constituent I urge you to support Senate Bill 857 as amended and I ask you to do all you can to make sure that this telemedicine bill is not used to expand abortion access in Pennsylvania.

I’m also asking you to pressure Governor Wolf to close all abortion facilities in our state during this pandemic because abortion is always non-essential and open doors at abortion facilities means needlessly exposing thousands of workers and women (and their families) to the virus.”

  1. Send your State Senator a follow up email with similar text (email addresses also available on the above contact page)

SUGGESTED EMAIL TEXT: “Senator _____, I just left a message with your office but because this issue is so critical I wanted you to hear from me directly via email.  As your constituent I urge you to support Senate Bill 857 as amended and I ask you to do all you can to make sure that this telemedicine bill is not used to expand abortion access in Pennsylvania.  Please ask Senate Leader Corman to keep the House language in Senate Bill 857.

I’m also asking you to pressure Governor Wolf to be consistent in his leadership by closing all abortion facilities in our state during this pandemic because abortion is always an elective and non-essential procedure.  It is crucial that all available medical equipment be conserved for use by hospitals treating seriously ill and COVID-19 patients.  Also, open doors at abortion facilities means needlessly exposing thousands of workers and women (and their families) to the virus.”

  1. Call Governor Wolf and demand that he acts consistently in his leadership by closing all abortion facilities in the state.

Phone: 717-787-2500

SUGGESTED PHONE COMMENT: “Governor Wolf, I am grateful for your leadership as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis.  Please be consistent in your efforts to conserve essential medical equipment and protect our citizens from unnecessary exposure to the virus by closing all abortion facilities in our state.”

  1. Follow up with an email to Governor Wolf.

Online Email Form: https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/#OnlineForm

SUGGESTED EMAIL TEXT: “Governor Wolf, I left a message with your office but because this issue is so critical I wanted to follow up with an email.  As a Pennsylvanian, I am grateful for your leadership as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis.  I am asking you now to be consistent in your efforts to conserve essential medical equipment and protect our citizens from unnecessary exposure to the virus by closing all abortion facilities in our state.

You asked last week that “all hospitals not engage in elective surgeries, elective treatments.”  Abortion is always an elective procedure.  I support your efforts to “do everything we can to support our front-line medical workers,” and this must include shutting down non-essential abortion facilities to conserve medical supplies and protect all Pennsylvanians from needless exposure to COVID-19.”

  1. Have some extra time? Please contact State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman about the Senate Telemedicine Bill and closing abortion facilities.

Office Phone: (717) 787-1377

Online Email Form: https://www.senatorcorman.com/contact/

SUGGESTED PHONE COMMENT: “Majority Leader Corman, as a Pennsylvanian I urge you to advance Senate Bill 857 as amended and I ask you to do all you can to make sure that this telemedicine bill is not used to expand abortion access in Pennsylvania.”

SUGGESTED EMAIL TEXT:

“Majority Leader Corman, I just left a message with your office but because this issue is so critical I wanted to email you directly.  As a Pennsylvanian I urge you to advance Senate Bill 857 with the amended language from the House and I ask you to do all you can to make sure that this telemedicine bill is not used to expand abortion access in Pennsylvania.

I’m also asking you to pressure Governor Wolf to be consistent in his leadership by closing all abortion facilities in our state during this pandemic because abortion is always an elective and non-essential procedure.  It is crucial that all available medical equipment be conserved for use by hospitals treating seriously ill and COVID-19 patients.  Also, open doors at abortion facilities means needlessly exposing thousands of workers and women (and their families) to the virus.”

40 Days For Life: DAY 33: Chemical abortions — Deacon John’s Space

TODAY marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Unplanned! In one of the most powerful moments in the history of cinema, the film depicts the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual devastation that abortion pills inflicted on Abby… …and continue to inflict on millions of women around the world. In today’s video blog, I delve […]

via 40 Days For Life: DAY 33: Chemical abortions — Deacon John’s Space

Pennsylvania State Rep Files Resolution Calling for ‘State Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer’ to Atone for Coronavirus Pandemic

Borowicz’s proposed legislation borrows language from a similar resolution passed by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in April 1863…

Prayer Kneeling Before Cross

A Newsweek article by Jeffrey Martin reported on a PA state representative calling for a day of prayer, fasting and humiliation.

Pennsylvania State Representative Stephanie Borowicz has called for her state to recognize March 30, 2020 as “A State Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer” in a resolution introduced to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly on Monday.

“During the pandemic of 2020 and the ensuing uncertainty and anxiety of this time, Pennsylvanians may be comforted by turning to a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer,” Borowicz wrote in legislation which also said the coronavirus pandemic may be a “punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.”

However, Borowicz’s resolution does not explicitly state that the prayers of Pennsylvanians will cure the coronavirus. Instead, “the united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessing no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our new divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.”

Newsweek reached out to Borowicz’s office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Pennsylvania State Representative Stephanie Borowicz introduced legislation Monday for a statewide “day of humiliation, fasting and prayer” in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Borowicz’s proposed legislation borrows language from a similar resolution passed by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in April 1863 in which the entire nation was called to devote themselves to religious ceremonies instead of “their ordinary secular pursuits” for a day.

In 2019, Borowicz drew criticism for an opening prayer at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in which she asked God’s forgiveness on the same day as the swearing-in of Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell, the first Muslim woman to be elected to the state’s legislature.

House Minority Whip Jordan Harris said in a statement at the time that Borowicz’s prayer was “divisive.”

Click here to view Newsweek article

 

Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition to Hold Monthly Meeting via Conference Call

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition (BCPLC) will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow night via conference call.  With everyone at home under a ‘shelter in place’ order  in Pennsylvania because of the coronavirus, this is a great opportunity to join in this call to find out what the BCPLC has been doing and their plans for the future.   Please see message from Sandy Slater, President, BCPLC.  Included in her message is the information you need to join this conference. 

March Meeting

This is a reminder of our monthly Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition Meeting for Monday March 30, 2020. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the meeting will be a ‘phone conference. Topics of discussion will be:

  • The Pro-life Movement this past month
  • Important information on upcoming pro-life plans
  • Mike McMonagle to speak on legislative information
  • Local efforts to contact legislators regarding support for Life through ‘phone calls, letters, visits.

Our guest speaker will be Anne Chapman on the elections. The primary election date has been moved to June 2, 2020.

The telephone number for the conference call is 1-302-202-1102 conference code 588750.

We welcome everyone from Bucks County to join us on this conference.

Pray at abortion facilities; Pray at Home

Every hour going forward has at least one person praying to end abortion at the two downtown vigil sites. These people are also praying for the few people going down to be present, praying for the women and babies as well as for the conversion of the workers.

Now we are looking for people to be the 2nd and third prayer warriors from home at those hours see below and pick your hours…

 

1. I just got off the phone and conference call with an abortion pill reversal patient from the Allentown area. She has an 8-month baby and was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to handle another pregnancy with severe nausea and vomiting. Her boyfriend is the same father and he was not happy about the abortion, he is happy that she is trying to reverse. Please pray for this patient and if any of you are willing to be on her support team or know of anyone in that area (Allentown) to help with a baby shower and to address any needs she may have… let me know.
2. on Monday and Tuesday we are trying to inundate senators offices with quick 2-5 minute calls stating that we don’t want telemedicine abortions included in the tele-med bill. Senators say they hear from the pro-abortion side much more frequently than they hear from us… so LET’S BE HEARD!!! There is a signup genius through the pro-life union of Greater Philadelphia – the goal is to have 5 people scheduled to call every 20 min while offices are open… want to flood their lines.

SIGN UP HERE  about tele-med Bill

Let’s bring every hour up to at least 2 people …

Saturday: 7(1),8(2),9(2),10(1),11(3),12(1),1(7), 2(1),3(2),4(1),5(1),6(1),7(1)

Sunday: 7(1),8(2),9(1),10(1),11(2),12(0),1(2),2(2),3(2),4(1),5(1),6(1),7(1)

monday:7(3),8(2),9(3),10(1),11(2),12(1),1(3),2(1),3(3), 4(1),5(1),6(1),7(1)

tuesday: 7(3),8(3),9(2),10(1),11(2),12(1),1(2),2(1),3(3), 4(1),5(1),6(1),7(1)

wed:7(2),8(2),9(3),10(1), 11(2),12(1),1(3),2(1),3(3), 4(1),5(1),6(1),7(1)

thurs: 7(3),8(3),9(2),10(1),11(1),12(1),1(2),2(1),3(3), 4(1), 5(1),6(1), 7(1)

friday: 7(2),8(2), 9(2),10(1), 11(2), 12(1),1(2), 2(1),3(3), 4(1), 5(1), 6(1), 7(1)

Tell Gov. Wolf to Shut Down All Abortion Facilities in PA

The following is a statement from Mike McGonagle, President of Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition. This is being shared to the blog with his permission

Our organization urges Gov. Wolf to act consistently with his directive for Pa. health facilities to cease all elective surgeries by directing the closure of all of Pa.’s free-standing abortion facilities.

Our organization’s President, Michael J. McMonagle, explained the reason for this action.

“Pregnancy is not a disease and therefore, abortion is not required surgery.  Even abortion facility operators admit that most surgical abortions are elective.

“A non-elective abortion would be one of the exceptions authorized by Pa.’s ban on post-24-week gestation abortions.  Hospitals would remain available for non-elective abortions.”

Catholics Respond to Church Closings

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The following is from Mike McGonagle. A PDF file has been attached to the post if you wish to read more.

Dear Pro-Life Friends:

I welcome your review of the attached article that offers proposed actions by the Philadelphia area Catholics in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  I propose to send this article to identified pro-life citizens and Catholic, pro-life and some secular media outlets.

I am also including a critical examination, by German Bishop Athanasius Schneider, as published on March 20, 2020, by Life Site News, of the denial of the Mass and the Eucharist and the overall response of civil governments to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

“Millions of Catholics in the so-called free Western world will, in the coming weeks or even months, and especially during Holy Week and Easter, the culmination of the entire liturgical year, be deprived of any public acts of worship due to both civic and ecclesiastical reaction to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The most painful and distressing of these is the deprivation of Holy Mass and sacramental Holy Communion.

 

“The current atmosphere of an almost planetary panic is continuously fueled by the universally proclaimed “dogma” of the new coronavirus pandemic.  The drastic and disproportionate security measures with the denial of fundamental human rights of freedom of movement, freedom of assembly, and freedom of opinion appear almost globally orchestrated along a precise plan.  Thus, the entire human race becomes a kind of prisoner of a world “sanitary dictatorship,” which for its part also reveals itself as a political dictatorship.

 

“An important side-effect of this new “sanitary dictatorship” that is spreading throughout the world is the growing and uncompromising ban on all forms of public worship.  Beginning on March 16, 2020, the German government issued a ban on all forms of public religious gatherings for all religions.  Such a drastic measure of strict prohibition of all forms of public worship was unimaginable even during the Third Reich.”


Thank you,

Mike McMonagle
President
Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania
215-393-3610