2015: 25, 2014: 60, 2013: 61, 2012: 74, 2011: 119, 2010: 74, 2009: 99, 2008: 85,
2007: 90, 2006: 80, 2005: 64, 2004: 65, 2003: 60
Monday, June 17!
LOCATION: Gardner Auditorium, State House
If you can get to the State House in Boston on the 17th, do so! It’s important that we have a big pro-life presence.
DATE: Monday, June 17, 1:00 PM
If you want to attend the hearing, arrive by noon!
Buses to State House
Westford: Departs Monday morning 8:30 am (please arrive 8:15) from 160 Littleton Rd., Westford, MA (Dunkin Donuts parking lot) Returns 5:00 pm. Pick up on Common side front entry of State House.
Stoneham: Departs Monday morning 8:30am from 259 Main St., Stoneham, MA 02180 (Stop and Shop lot). Returns 4:00 pm. Pick up on Common side front entry of State House.
Danvers: Departs Monday morning 8:00 am (with one stop in Reading) from 24 Conant St., Danvers, MA (St. Mary's of the Assumption parking lot). Returns 5:00 pm. Pick up on Common side front entry of State House.
Agawam: Departs Monday morning at 7:00 am from 833 Main St Agawam, MA 01001 (St. John's Church parking lot). Returns 5:00 pm. Pick up on Common side front entry of State House.
Springfield: Departs Monday morning 7:00 am from 840 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA 01103 (Mary, Mother of Hope parking lot) Returns 5:00 pm. Pick up on Common side front entry of State House.
Fall River: Departs Monday morning 7:30 am from 700 Eastern Ave., Fall River, MA (The Baptist Temple parking lot) Returns 5:00 pm. Pick up on Common side of State House.
Scituate: Departs Monday morning at 8am from 1 Kent St., Scituate, MA (St. Mary's of the Nativity Parish Center parking lot) Returns 5:00 pm. Pick up on Common side front entry of State House
From Mass. Citizens for Life: We’re mobilizing to flood the State House on Monday! No legislator on that committee should be able to say they voted not knowing that Massachusetts citizens oppose the anti-life provisions of this bill. No legislator on that committee should be able to say they voted without seeing thousands of Massachusetts citizens testifying to the truth that our women's, our girls', and our infants' lives matter more than an abortion industry's profit.
MCFL is holding a rally at 10am in front of State House!
NUMBER 17! — SAT, MAY 25: Jean, a sidewalk counselor reported: “We typically see 8 mothers go in on a Saturday morning. As expected, it was busy, with 12 mothers going in right up until 10:30 am; possibly due to Planned Parenthood holiday closure for the holiday weekend.
“A young black couple came out about 9:30 am. Bill said he saw them hug in the parking lot shortly before getting into their car to leave. They confirmed to us that they had changed their mind as they pulled out of the driveway! The father also said THEY WILL COME BACK AGAIN TO SHOW US THEIR BABY and THANK US!”
Prayer answered! 16th saved baby of the year!
ABOVE: Sidewalk counselor Eleanor outside of Planned Parenthood (file photo).
Before 8:00 am on the morning of Wednesday, May 15, an 18-year old woman was dropped off in front of Planned Parenthood. Eleanor greeted her and learned that she had an appointment for an abortion, but did not really want the abortion — but her mother did! And the mother did not like the fact the the daughter was talking to Eleanor! As she approached — she had been parking the car — she had a very hostile expression, plus angry words as she ushered the daughter into Planned Parenthood.
“Let’s pray!” said Eleanor to Mary. “We’ll ask the Holy Spirit to put the thought into the mother’s head: ‘What are we doing here?’”
Around 10:30 am: Eleanor was standing near her car (about 50 feet from Planned Parenthood) when she saw mother and daughter coming toward her from the abortion facility. They spoke, all smiles (even the mother!), and no abortion. Mother said to Eleanor, “I was sitting there and thinking, ‘What are we doing here?’”
The Friday and Saturday immediately prior to #16 saw one baby saved per day (#14 & #15) at Women’s Health Services in Brookline!
Holy Saturday Attack on Sidewalk Counselor
ABOVE: Judy (blue with white stripes), being treated for a head injury just before entering the ambulance. Judy talked to a couple as they walked out of Planned Parenthood the morning of April 20, Holy Saturday. The man stopped and turned toward Judy as she spoke. Without saying anything he suddenly lunged and then body slammed her. Judy was knocked backward, fell on the sidewalk, and hit her head HARD, leaving a big lump and probably a concussion. She was taken to the ER at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital; no skull fracture and no bleeding. She was released early Saturday afternoon.
ABOVE: Assailant about to enter Boston Police prisoner transport van. He has (we expect) been charged with felony assault. We must also note with appreciation that two security guards came out of Planned Parenthood very promptly following the assault and apprehended the assailant before he could get away.
Paul Pedro: R.I.P.
We are saddened and shocked following the sudden, unexpected death of Paul Pedro, one of the stalwarts of our pro-life apostolate. Saint Paul of the Cross we sometimes called him, because of his signature crucifix that accompanied his prayer at Planned Parenthood. Paul was steadfast, generous, and longsuffering. May he rest in peace.
Pedro, Paul — Age 67, entered into eternal life on April 20, 2019. Paul grew up in East Boston and Revere and has lived in Weymouth since 1987. Mr. Pedro was a sprinkler design engineer at Carlysle Engineering in Boston. Paul was a Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart Church in Weymouth.
Beloved husband of Patricia C. (Connolly) Pedro. Devoted father of Christian Pedro of Somerville, Conor Pedro and his wife Jaclyn Zeoli of Plymouth, Sasha Pedro of Weymouth, and Rachel Pedro of Weymouth. Beloved brother of Mary Pedro of Peabody, John Pedro and his wife Francine of Brookline, NH, Patricia Alicandro and her husband Joseph of Arlington, the late Joanne Furia, and the late Joseph Pedro. Brother-in-law of Elaine Pedro of Peabody. Paul was also greatly loved by his many nieces and nephews.
GOOD FRIDAY, STATIONS OF THE CROSS: earlier that morning, a couple stopped and talked to Susan, a sidewalk counselor. They decided NOT to go through with the appointed abortion. (#13).
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: Eleanor (ABOVE) and Anne combined to counsel a young couple with an appointment for abortion at Planned Parenthood. Thankfully, the couple were receptive to the offer of help and accompanied Eleanor to a pregnancy resource center. That’s #12.
Notre Dame: an omen
APRIL 16 — By Dennis Prager: The symbolism of the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, the most renowned building in Western civilization, the iconic symbol of Western Christendom, is hard to miss.
It is as if God Himself wanted to warn us in the most unmistakable way that Western Christianity is burning — and with it, Western civilization.
Unplanned: Still showing!! List of theaters and times.
Chuck Konzelman, a co-writer/co-director of Unplanned, told a U.S. Senate Judiciary meeting that 94 abortion workers have reached out to Abby Johnson’s ministry since they released the film, saying that they may leave the abortion business. (LifeNews.com)
An interview with the real-life Marilisa Carney, played by Emma Elle Roberts in UnPlanned.
Baker signs conversion therapy ban
MONDAY, APRIL 8: Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill today banning conversion therapy in Massachusetts.
The measure, Massachusetts House Bill 140, makes it illegal for therapists to offer techniques designed to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person 17 or younger, on pain of losing the license to practice. It also declares conversion therapy to be an unfair or deceptive practice in commerce, under the state’s consumer protection law known as Chapter 93A, with a statute of limitations of four years for bringing a lawsuit by an individual or by the state Attorney General.
Legislators attached an emergency preamble to the bill, so it takes effect almost immediately — of course!
The final version of the bill does not include an earlier provision that defined seeking conversion therapy as child abuse and thus possibly would have triggered action by the state Department of Children and Families against parents who pursue it. That provision, which was in the original version of the legislation passed earlier this year by the Massachusetts Senate, was taken out of the bill that both the House and Senate passed recently.
Massachusetts is the 16th state in the country to ban conversion therapy.
Read complete article in New Boston Post.
Abortion violence moves outside
THURSDAY, MARCH 14: A woman exited Women’s Health Services in Brookline and proceeded down the walkway toward the rear of the parking lot. Sean, a a sidewalk counselor, called out to her from the public sidewalk with an offer of help.
Abruptly, she turned around and and launched into a screaming diatribe, denouncing us for “harassing women,’ while she ran across the parking lot with fists clenched and arms pumping like a shadow boxer. She then stopped in front of Sean, screamed some more, and then punched him. At that point, a male companion led her away to their car, which they got into, along with a second woman, and drove away.
WHS personnel — a security guard and a female in scrubs — also came out of the building. The guard said he had called the police and that the incident was recorded on the new WHS video system.
I also called the police and told the dispatcher the registration number of the car. A Brookline Police officer arrived and spoke with witnesses. He mentioned to me that the new video system at WHS, unlike the old one, provides very clear images.
The cause of this assault? Uncertain, but I surmise that this woman may have been denied an abortion by WHS — perhaps for a medical condition or her agitated state — as further indicated by her exit through the parking lot door rather than the rear, lower floor exit where women are sent out following their abortions.
Aside from that, she apparently rebelled against a still-alive conscience — “darkness hates the light.”
The Brookline Police have informed us that the assailant has been identified and has been summoned to court for a hearing.
— Bill Cotter
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13: Sidewalk counselors Eleanor and Ed talked with a woman who exited Planned Parenthood. Eleanor gave her a ride to a crisis pregnancy center where she was counseled more extensively. Everything went well — until she called her boyfriend! He insisted that she have the abortion, and the young woman was definitely influenced. “I think I am going to have the abortion,” she told Eleanor. She did accept pro-life information before Eleanor drove her home, but we have no further updates. Even though the outlook is bleak, we are still counting this as #10. It is the nature of these situations that any woman who turns around one day could return for an abortion the next week. On the other hand, we also sometimes learn of women who were abortion-bound when we last saw them, but who end up deciding against it.
MARCH 9: Doctor Marcus Gordon’s abortion mill in Haverhill has officially closed! Just a few months ago he closed his Lynn facility and now does abortions in Beverly. The Natick abortion facility may also be closed; we are checking into it. North Attleboro: still operational as far as we can tell.
MARCH 8: Rita Russo and her husband John were counseling at Women’s Health in Brookline Friday morning. A couple came out of the facility; as they drove out of the parking lot they stopped, rolled down the window, and the woman said, “I didn’t do it!” That’s number 9!
SATURDAY, MARCH 2: Two more children were rescued from death-by-abortion at Women’s Health Services (ABOVE) in Brookline. The first was on Tuesday, February 26; a couple came out and told the sidewalk counselors that they were leaving and that there would be no abortion. Today, Saturday, a woman was crying as she went into WHS, seemingly oblivious to the offer of help from the sidewalk counselor. But, she later came out and went with the counselor to Pregnancy Help.
I will extol you my God and King;
I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
— Psalm 145:1-2
It isn’t extremism
In our haste to denounce New York and Virginia’s advocacy for 40-week abortions and infanticide, we have adopted rhetoric that betrays our case. When we call late-term abortion “extreme,” we imply that there is a more moderate abortion position, something more palatable for a just society.
We must realize a fundamental truth: late-term abortion is not “extremism.” Abortion is extremism.
Click here to read rest of article in The Federalist.
Is the hierarchy really serious about the abuse crisis?
by William Kilpatrick
FEBRUARY 21, 2019 — The long-awaited summit on clerical sex abuse is to be held at the Vatican from February 21-24. The fact that the meeting will only last four days suggests that it is only meant to reassure the public that something is being done. It’s highly unlikely that the kind of reforms that are now needed in the Church can be discussed and formulated in a few days.
There are other reasons to be suspicious. For one thing, the summit is being billed as “The Protection of Minors in the Church.” Yet the present crisis is not mainly about the abuse of minors. It’s about the abuse of seminarians by priest and bishops, consensual sex among priests, and the coverup of such sexual misconduct by bishops and cardinals. The February meeting has been engineered to avoid the root problems—one of which is the existence of a homosexual subculture within the Church.
Another reason to doubt that the summit is meant to seriously address any of the above problems is that the man Pope Francis has appointed to organize it has a major conflict of interest. Cardinal Blase Cupich, let’s recall, is one of the prelates named in Archbishop Vigano’s indictment of corruption in the hierarchy. Cupich is mentioned in the Vigano statement as being “blinded by his pro-gay ideology.”
Complete article in Crisis Magazine
FEBRUARY 11, 2019:
From the bottomless pit
As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us — 1 John 2:18
The fifth angel ...opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened. Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth — Rev. 9:1-2
The infanticide juggernaut continues its march across the several states.
Some pro-lifers had signs demanding that lawmakers “STOP ABORTION EXTREMISM.” Do these pro-lifers mean to imply that “moderate” abortion is OK? I doubt it, but the suggestion is there.
The Democrats’ insanity appears to have suddenly reached an acute stage: the stampede of proposals for infanticide, advocacy of socialism, “there is no crisis at the border,” flagrant anti-semitism, etc. Some commentators are confident that the Democrats are overplaying their hand and increasing the odds against themselves in 2020. But are they?
If the country
was sane, this would certainly be true. But these initiatives have been made by people elected
— and most of them re
-elected — to public office.
On the other hand, Trump continues his trend up in the polls. Today’s number is 52% approval, despite two+ years of 24/7 anti-Trump propaganda. This trend may have been the “trigger!”
Massachusetts, too? Of course!
Called the Roe Act (“An Act to Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access”) this legislation would:
- Wipe out all parental involvement — parents would not need to be notified, and underage girls would no longer be required to go to court to get an abortion without the permission of their parents.
- Give a doctor complete discretion on performance of abortions — for all nine months!
- Remove any requirement to save the life of the child during or after the abortion. So if a baby is accidentally born during a late term procedure, it can still be killed.
- Allow abortions to be performed anywhere—removing any kind of requirement that they be performed in a hospital. Back-alley abortions will now be legal and celebrated by the left—regardless of the safety of the mother. Gone are the days when Democrats claimed they wanted abortion to be safe, legal, and rare. Now, it’s anything goes.
RenewMACoalition has set up a contact page for you to email your state rep and state senator
has a good article on the Roe Act
Numbers 5 and 6
FEBRUARY 9: Monthly second Saturday Rosary Vigil, sponsored by Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, who were joined by Boston ProLifeFuture and Pure in Heart. A woman came out of Planned Parenthood following the vigil and told sidewalk counselors that she had rejected the scheduled abortion! We also had a late report about another woman who chose Life from a prior week.
Wednesday, January 23
BACK TO WORK — On Wednesday, Eleanor and Pat (green coat) interceded with a young man who was vehemently opposed to his girl friend’s abortion; she was in Planned Parenthood at the time. A while later, she came out: no abortion. Another woman, who cried in the waiting room about her pending abortion, also came out: once again, no abortion! That is #3 & #4
Number 38 (2018)
Sidewalk counselors, outside of Planned Parenthood in Boston, talking to a relieved woman who chose Life!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, PLANNED PARENTHOOD — The young woman facing the camera (above) had a change of heart Saturday while in the waiting room. Providentially, another woman confided her abortion experience which, unsurprisingly, was not good. So, “Nancy” decided to leave. Outside, she spoke with several pro-lifers, who encouraged her and prayed with her. She has already connected with Eleanor for follow-up help. NUMBER 38!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Carolyn reports: “A beautiful young couple went in. She looked sad. There was a brief exchange. (P.P. “guides” ran interference.) They came out within a half hour, looking happier and I asked him if they had an abortion. He said no, it was cancelled. He smiled and took Eleanor’s card. He waved as they got in their car. Both smiling.”
Mary and Anne, sidewalk counselors, outside of Planned Parenthood in Boston (file photo).
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14: Anne emailed the following:
At P.P. this morning (November 14): a couple went into the clinic, refusing any help. Shortly afterwards the man came out and was feeding the meter; he told me the lady was in the clinic for an abortion and was 6 weeks pregnant.
I gave him some cards and spoke to him about the help available and asked him if he would go in and try to convince her not to go through with it. He said he would try and entered the clinic again.
After some time they came out. I approached them again as they sat in the car and asked if they were okay or if they needed any help. They both said they were fine and was having the baby!
Praise God !!!
State Representative Jim Lyons at a pro-life rally at State House. (File Photo)
NOVEMBER 12 — State Representative Jim Lyons (ABOVE) is not one who merely casts occasional safe pro-life votes for cosmetic reasons. He is a culture warrior in an institution that has become the personification of corruption in Massachusetts, i.e., the State House.
He is part of a small minority in that body, but those who “celebrate diversity” have no tolerance for even minority affronts to their Stalinist uniformity of thought. On November 6 the four-term representative was defeated by an an uber–PC opponent, backed by an outsize coalition of the usual suspects.
Howie Carr paid tribute to Jim Lyons in his Boston Herald column.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 — NUMBER 32: A pair of women just exited Planned Parenthood and told a sidewalk counselor that the one with the abortion appointment had decided NOT to abort! They are walking away behind Evelyn (ABOVE), the more distant of the two pairs of women. The nearer pair also just came out after going in “only for birth control.”
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5: At Women’s Health Services (above), “A couple came out, took info, and said they changed their mind,” reported Rita, who was counseling with Howard.
National Catholic Register:
Socialism ruins families and nations
This year marks the bicentennial of Karl Marx’s birth, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new political star in New York, is making Marxism glamorous again. When she first hit the media circuit, her choice of lipstick was the crucial issue.
Yet for Ocasio-Cortez personally, “democratic socialism” is her real agenda and she credits her Catholic background for her devotion to it. But historically, the Catholic Church has denounced socialism, from Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum to the latest Catechism of the Catholic Church to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Instruction on Certain Aspects of the Liberation Theology in October 1984. So how have several generations of Catholics, in this country and elsewhere, decided that socialism is harmonious with Catholicism?
Click for complete article.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 — Ruth (above), a sidewalk counselor, speaking (for over 20 minutes!) to a couple on their way to Planned Parenthood before 8:00 am. They did go in, but after 10:30 they came out as a happy couple and sought out Ruth(!) in order to share their joy at rejecting the scheduled abortion. (#30)
ON FRIDAY MORNING another woman came out after changing her mind (#29)!
Charlie Coudert, apostle for Life, died on September 16. He was 87. Charlie was a long time pro-life activist, via the pen or on foot, e.g., at the weekly vigil outside of Marcus Gordon’s MetroWest abortion facility (above) in Natick. One of his signature refrains was to remind listeners that a cited number was the quantity of “surgical abortions,” and did not account for the more numerous chemical abortions.
The funeral Mass was on Saturday, September 29 at St. Theresa of Lisieux Church, 35 South Main Street, Sherborn, MA. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery.
His obituary is posted on Legacy.com.
Catherine Berlo, wife of the late Robert Berlo, died on September 22. Her funeral Mass is today. Her
obituary is posted on Legacy.com.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 — PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Kate (center) and Judy (right) had a prolonged conversation with a young man (facing Judy, mostly not visible to camera) who brought in his girlfriend for an abortion. Fortunately, he did not want the abortion; he agreed to go in and try to bring her out — and in about 10 minutes they did come out! Phone numbers were exchanged and follow-up has been arranged. God bless this couple who chose Life despite facing serious obstacles. (#28!)
Professor Benjamin Wiker: those priests, bishops and cardinals complicit in sex abuse and active homosexuality are not merely one cause among many of the “devangelization, de-Christianization, repaganization” of culture, they are the “chief agents” of the aforesaid. For, as he rightly notes, “there is nothing, nothing, that undermines the moral and theological authority of the magisterium more quickly and thoroughly than the devilish marriage of scandal and hypocrisy. It destroys the ability to evangelize.”
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: Longsuffering! Jean, a sidewalk counselor, put in some long hours Saturday praying and counseling. A woman came out of Women’s Health Services (above; photo from Labor Day weekend) Saturday about 10:30 am and had a long talk with her boyfriend, who opposed the abortion. Jean talked with both of them and the woman’s mother — also present and also opposed. Mother and daughter, smiling, drove away after talking with Jean, who then spent a good while talking with the young man, who is a Christian. Pro-life material was given and phone numbers exchanged. God bless Jean and the other pro-lifers present!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: Theresa (above on right; file photo) reported that a woman came out of the Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility about 9:45am and said she had changed her mind about her appointed abortion! (#26) She was offered help, but said she had sufficient resources.
Third attack on sign within a week
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11: This woman (above — BU student?) paused as she walked by our sign (INSET, upper left), stared for several seconds, and then attempted to knock it over. A quick move by a pro-lifer in her direction prompted her to relent and move on. Apparently she is among the newly emergent crop of youth who believe that if you disagree with the messenger, you have the right to assault or vandalize.
Baby saved from death!
SATURDAY, JULY 14: (Corrected Version) On Saturday, Sean, Jean, and Julie were sidewalk counseling at WHS. I was at Planned Parenthood when I received a call from Sean around 8:15 am. A woman had decided against abortion — for the moment; she said she was going to think about it more — and she and her boyfriend left to follow Julie to Pregnancy Help. For some reason, they diverted on the way, but they did not return to the abortion facility. Thanks be to God (#16)!
A while later, a woman came out of WHS and told Jean that she was having second thoughts about her scheduled abortion after hearing from the abortion counselor inside (!) about the possible side effects (to the woman!). Jean talked with her for awhile, but she went back inside and was not seen by the pro-lifers for the rest of the morning. Presumably, she went through with the abortion.
— Bill Cotter
Ann Coulter . . .
Realizing how widely reviled their ideas are, several decades ago the left figured out a procedural scam to give them whatever they wanted without ever having to pass a law. Hey! You can’t review a Supreme Court decision!
So when you hear liberals carrying on about all the “rights,” threatened by Kavanaugh, remember that by “rights,” they mean “policy ideas so unpopular that we can’t pass a law creating such rights.”
Click here to read complete article.
On Bastille Day / French Revolution
It has become fashionable to equate the French and American Revolutions, but they share absolutely nothing beyond the word “revolution.” The American Revolution was a movement based on ideas, painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world. (Until Democrats decided to give it away to the Third World.)
The French Revolution is the godless antithesis to the founding of America.
Click here to read complete article.
The Preamble to the Constitution of Ireland
In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred, We, the people of Éire, humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial, gratefully remembering their heroic and unremitting struggle to regain the full independence of our Nation, and seeking to promote the common good with due observance of Prudence, Justice, and Charity, so that the dignity and freedom of the individual may be assured, true social order attained, the unity of our country restored, and concord established with other nations, do hereby adopt, enact, and give ourselves this Constitution.
This sermon was preached by Dom Mark Kirby, O.S.B., at Silverstream Priory in County Meath, Ireland.
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
27 May 2018
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
On this feast of the Most Holy Trinity, two days after Ireland’s national apostasy from the Holy Catholic Faith (on May 25), how can we hear the Gospel that was sung just moments ago, and not recall the Constitution that the Irish people gave themselves 80 years ago in 1938? Friday’s vote was not about abortion only; it was about killing Ireland’s soul, about snuffing out all that made Ireland a beacon among the nations, about publicly renouncing all that, from the time that Saint Patrick kindled his blazing fire on the Hill of Slane, made this island home of ours a great welcoming Catholic hearth in a world grown cold and dark. Ireland was, among all the nations on earth, the one that unsparingly sent forth sons and daughters, intrepid in confessing the Holy Trinity, to bring the light of faith to the most far–flung corners of the globe.
And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:18)
How did we come to this? Among those who voted “Yes” on Friday, the vast number were baptized, and sealed with the sign of the Gift of the Holy Ghost in Confirmation. Some of these would have been confirmed but a few years ago. Among them were people who once knelt at the altar to receive the adorable Body of Christ, formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mary, immolated on the Cross, risen from the tomb, ascended into heaven, and returning in glory. Among them are people who, (and I say this with fear and trembling), will dare even to present themselves for Holy Communion today. To these, I can only repeat what the Apostle says:
Whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:27)
One cannot say that we were not warned. God did send his prophets to Ireland. I think of Frank Duff. I think of Saint John Paul II who, in October 1979, was given a rapturous welcome. Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, written only eight years ago, was prophetic. What became of it? Why was it filed away and not heeded?
There are reports of victory celebrations in Dublin and elsewhere: a satanic crowing, jeers hurled at Our Lord, against His Virgin Mother, and against the Church. The whole climate is eerily reminiscent of France in 1789, of Mexico in 1910, of Russia in 1917, of Germany in 1933, and of Spain in 1936. Even worse than the crowds hell–bent on celebrating the choice of death over life are the complacent lies of those government ministers who, with a smug satisfaction, speak of A New Modern Ireland At Last, an Ireland of compassion, justice, and respect for women. The accent in all such discourses is that of the ancient serpent:
Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise? And the woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die. And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death. For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil. (Genesis 3:1–5)
You will forgive me if I repeat today the words of the prophet Ezechiel:
Thou hast played the harlot with the nations among which thou wast defiled with their idols. Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister, and I will give her cup into thy hand. Thus saith the Lord God: Thou shalt drink thy sister’s cup, deep and wide: thou shalt be had in derision and scorn, which containeth very much. Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness, and sorrow: with the cup of grief, and sadness, with the cup of thy sister Samaria. And thou shalt drink it, and shalt drink it up even to the dregs, and thou shalt devour the fragments thereof, thou shalt rend thy breasts: because I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. (Ezechiel 23:30–34)
What is remains for us? I will tell you what remains:
And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Draw near to the altar of the Holy Sacrifice, even as our forefathers drew in around the Mass Rocks. The altar is Ireland’s Divine Hearth. Not for nothing was the altar of the Lamb shown at Knock in 1879. Fall down in adoration and in reparation. Cry out to the Immaculate Mother of God, still Ireland’s Queen and Sorrowful Mother. My own dear father, with all the wisdom of his 91 years, said to me yesterday, “God has a plan. God will have the last word.” And what says Our Lord in today’s Gospel? He says this: “Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Matthew 28:20). In this promise of His, let us rest all our hope.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23: Ed and Sandy (background) talk to young woman who changed her mind and did not have the abortion! (#12) Thanks be to the God of Life!
SATURDAY, MAY 19: Judy and Evelyn speaking to a woman just after she exited Planned Parenthood. She had scheduled an abortion but did not go through with it. (#11) But she is “still undecided.” Thankfully, she accepted information on crisis pregnancy resources.
TUESDAY, MAY 2: Carmel and Mary combined to minister to a troubled young woman (drug addiction) at Planned Parenthood. But despite her troubles, she came out and rejected the scheduled abortion! (#10) Carmel has kept in touch and the pregnancy is going well as of June 7.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: Howard and Ruth were at Women’s Health in Brookline. A mother and daughter arrived and went into the facility, but they did not seem receptive to offers of help. About a half hour later they came out and drove out of the parking lot. As they crossed the sidewalk, Ruth approached the car. The mother rolled down the window and told Ruth, “She did not have the abortion.”(!) The daughter was in tears. (#9)
SATURDAY, APRIL 14: Second Saturday Rosary Vigil, Planned Parenthood.
Triple victory for Life
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21: Three (3) babies saved — and maybe a fourth! — at Planned Parenthood. Sidewalk counselors Mary, Anne, and Eleanor were present. One couple spoke with them and lingered for awhile before announcing their change of heart. A group of four women came together, two of whom were pregnant. Before the morning was out, they decided against their abortions. Eleanor had taken a third woman to Pregnancy Help; two tests indicated she was not pregnant. Finally, another couple — unreceptive — wandered around the sidewalk, and looked like a typical abortion-bound couple. They finally went to their car and left. Number 4 for the day?
Swamp: 1 - USA: 0
MARCH 24 — Apparently, the Swamp is wider and deeper than we imagined. Republican leaders caved and Trump joined them as he signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill. Planned Parenthood is funded (no surprise); funds are prohibited for The Wall, but money is allocated to defend foreign borders(!); sanctuary cities are funded; and it is loaded with pork.
So, the best days of the Trump presidency are probably behind us. Whatever he can accomplish from here on in, he may have to do on his own. Maybe we get another Justice on the Court, and the economy may revive for awhile, but, as usual, the rot continues under Republicans, only at a slower pace than with Hillary. The pace will accelerate if the Republicans lose one or both houses in November, which I would say is likely. Many voters will just stay home if they perceive that the Republican is just another cowardly, sold out politician.
Senator Ted Cruz:
“The disastrous elements of this bill are almost too numerous to list.
It continues to fund Planned Parenthood, a corrupt organization whose horrifying abortion practices should preclude it from receiving taxpayer dollars.
It continues to fund sanctuary cities, which are defying the law and making Americans less safe. Instead of rewarding sanctuary cities, we should be passing legislation like Kate’s Law, a bill I introduced that would put criminal illegal aliens in jail so they cannot prey on innocent Americans.
It fails to provide sufficient funds to properly secure our border, let alone build the wall that is necessary.
It funds the Ex-Im Bank, a classic example of corporate welfare that has doled out over $100 billion in taxpayer-guaranteed loans, primarily to a handful of giant and well-connected corporations.
It fails to reduce funding for the EPA, which under Obama administration zealots, killed thousands of jobs and dramatically strayed from its core mission of ensuring clean air and water.
Chuck Schumer Declares Victory on Omnibus: “We’re Able to Accomplish More in the Minority”
Ann Coulter: CONGRATULATIONS, PRESIDENT SCHUMER!
MARCH BILLBOARD — Located on Cambridge Street in Allston near the intersection with Harvard Street, this billboard has been up for a few months now, but with a somewhat different picture for March. Sponsored by Frank Porter.
The billboard from a driver’s eye view.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 (NUMBER 4):
We had several groups join us in prayer on Saturday. The morning began with Pastor David Hill of Abundant Grace Church leading a group of young adults in prayer. Following them were Boston Pro-Life Future, a cluster of seminarians from Saint John’s Seminary (the other half of the seminarians were at Harvard Street), 40 Days for Life Spanish Vigil, and the noontime America Needs Fatima Rosary for marriage.
It was around noontime that the day reached its climax. Richard, a pro-lifer at the marriage vigil reported:
As I was praying the rosary with a small group out in front of the entrance to PP, a woman came out of PP, walked over to me and asked for some rosary beads, saying that she was Catholic. She was beaming, radiant with joy, and just had to share her good news that she was keeping her child and not going to have an abortion!
I was next to Camille who was even more thrilled at this sudden, unexpected occurrence than I was; both of us were delightfully surprised.
Sorry not to have gotten the woman’s name. I was just there to receive her good news and share in her delight. I immediately gave her my own rosary beads upon her initial request. She thanked Camille and me profusely and wanted us all to know that she was keeping her child; and that she was grateful to all of us for being there! After stepping into a car that pulled up to the curb, she actually rolled her car window down so she could keep thanking us as she left!
I am trying to describe this to give you a sense of her joy. I do think her decision to keep her child was in some very real way an answer to all of our prayers and prayerful presence.
Thank God for such a beautiful light to shine amidst the present darkness!
Why Doesn’t Liberation Theology Apply to the People of Iran?
by WILLIAM KILPATRICK
JANUARY 24, 2018: Liberation theology, which was out of favor under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, seems to have made a comeback under Pope Francis. Francis has rehabilitated several liberation theologians and even appointed some to advisory positions.
One would be mistaken, however, to think that this concern applies to all oppressed peoples. How many Church leaders are calling for Muslims to be liberated from the oppressive rule of Islam in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, Somalia, and elsewhere?
With a few exceptions, the bishops have adopted a shockingly naïve view of Islam. Take this excerpt from the 2016 Joint Declaration between the USCCB and the Qom Seminary Scholars of Iran.
Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect for the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community. Both traditions reject transgressions and injustices as reprehensible, and oppose any actions that endanger the life, health, dignity, or welfare of others. We hold a common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect.
That’s typical of numerous Pollyannaish statements about Islam issued by Catholic bishops over the last five decades. It’s the kind of boilerplate generated by people who are vastly more interested in issuing declarations and arriving at agreements than in getting at the truth of things.
Read complete article in Crisis Magazine.
ABOVE: Margery Eagan and Father James Martin, S.J. at Saint Ignatius parish, November 20. Photo: Catherine Walsh.
Saint Ignatius parish in Newton hosts speech and book signing by pro–“gay” Father James Martin, S.J.
NOVEMBER 25, 2017 — Globe columnist Margery Eagan rejoiced over Father James Martin, S.J., who attributes the tolerance of his pro-LGBTQ campaign to the “Pope Francis effect.”
At his November 12 speech in Newton, a near-capacity crowd gave him a standing ovation!
Read Margery Eagan’s full article in The Boston Globe.
Anthony Esolen offers a scathing perspective, asking Father Martin to open his eyes.
Scranton, PA Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is defending Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s speaking engagement at Misericordia University’s winter commencement on December 17, saying that the priest’s latest book condoning homosexuality was “written with the full consent of his religious superiors and in conformity with Catholic Church publishing guidelines.”
Islam: A Giant Step Backwards for Humanity
by William Kilpatrick
One of the big mysteries of our day
is how so many supposedly enlightened Catholics have managed to get it so wrong about Islam for so long. It’s understandable that in the 1960s, when the Islamic world was relatively quiescent, Catholics might entertain the high hopes for Islamic-Catholic relations expressed in Nostra Aetate.
But this is 2017 and in the intervening half century a lot of water has passed under the bridge.
It’s not just that many clergy and lay Catholic leaders fail to appreciate the deep differences in theology between Islam and Christianity, they fail to grasp the deep cultural and human differences that flow from the theological differences. To put the matter bluntly, Christianity is a humanizing religion and Islam is not.
Click here for entire Crisis Magazine article.
Jim Lyons weighs in on Baker’s proposed state funding of Planned Parenthood
State Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover), shown here with his wife, Bernadette, a sidewalk counselor,
a column that appeared in the Sunday, March 5 Boston Herald. Here is the text:
As the nation’s leading abortion proponent and provider, Planned Parenthood benefits greatly
from the media-friendly phrase “pro-choice.” Of course, the phrase “pro-choice.” has
become little more than a market-tested euphemism for the widespread availability of abortion.
Obviously, Planned Parenthood has a range of offerings that extend beyond abortion. Yet,
its extreme advocacy of abortion makes the private organization unacceptable to countless
taxpaying Americans. In fact, Planned Parenthood has gone so far as to come under media scrutiny
and government investigation for the repulsive activity of negotiating to sell the body parts of unborn babies.
No wonder so many taxpayers rebel at the idea of paying for Planned Parenthood.
When it comes to taxpayer choice, however, Planned Parenthood flips completely. Taxpayers deserve no
choices, no reprieve from the forced funding of an organization whose most egregious procedure many
regard as ill-advised, repugnant, and the taking of a human life.
In a rare example of Washington wisdom, the politicians on Capitol Hill are planning to
end public funding of Planned Parenthood, granting taxpayers the choice of deciding whether
they wish to add their voluntary contributions. Those who choose to do so will remain at complete
liberty to contribute as much as they desire; persons who object will no longer be mandated to
subsidize any of its operations. One might think of it as the Taxpayer Liberation Act. What could be
Apparently, Beacon Hill politicians, joined by their Planned Parenthood sponsors, oppose
granting this choice to taxpayers. Seemingly, the only choice that matters belongs
to a well-funded Planned Parenthood, so long as taxpayers pick up the tab.
And Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts is certainly not lacking in means. It rewards its president with a salary exceeding $287,000. Its top five executives tally well in excess of six figures and more than double the Massachusetts median household income of around $70,000. The vast majority of taxpayers will never see an annual salary approaching those figures.
Unfortunately, Gov. Charlie Baker has joined with many Democrats in promising to force state taxpayers to pony up for any slackening in federal largess for Planned Parenthood. They are punting an opportunity to demonstrate the meaning of choice. In this case, all persons should retain the right to choose whether or not to pay for Planned Parenthood.
LGBT cancer in the federal bureaucracy
by Austin Ruse
As Donald Trump begins to staff his administration, his appointees
should understand how deeply the ideologically-driven LGBTs have burrowed
into permanent jobs in the permanent bureaucracy and how dangerous they are.
The new political appointees should also understand how this group and
their allies have driven those who may disagree with their agenda either
underground or from the federal bureaucracy altogether, and some even to jail.
And they should understand that this group is entrenched and determined
not to give an inch in the territory they have gained under the incredibly
radical Obama administration.
Link to complete article in Crisis Magazine.
the inevitable result of our society’s descent into moral chaos — Anthony
on Hobby Lobby
What do abortion, gay “marriage” and government-sanctioned illegal immigration
have in common? — Anthony Esolen
Contraception is a threat to national security!
Demographic bankruptcy leads to
financial bankruptcy, and financial bankruptcy heightens the risk of political
collapse. And a bankrupt nation is at the mercy of its creditors and of
opportunistic neighbors. So European society today is in grave danger.
Click for the full column by Phil Lawler
Axis of Evil IV by Ray Neary (Renew America) — Planned Parenthood is the perfect example of a living lie. The organization derives millions of dollars annually, not from planning parenthood, but by assisting a mother to de-parent and doing the same to the father of a new member of our human family.
TUE, NOV 4, 2008 — “I doubt that he is the long-prophesied ruler
of the world, but I also believe that he is a carrier of a deadly moral
virus, indeed a kind of anti-apostle spreading concepts and agendas that are not
only anti-Christ but anti-human as well.” —
on Barack: the Antichrist?
THU, FEB 17, 2005
vindicates Catholic teaching on marriage and contraception
Why are things the way they are in the Boston archdiocese?
One must be careful not to over-generalize, but we still believe there is a lot
of insight in Professor James
Hitchcock's article, "Conservative
Bishops, Liberal Results"