Friends, as you may know, you can always find key action items right on the front page of our Priests for Life website (priestsforlife.org) in the large ACTION box. In recent days, other leaders and I have been kept particularly busy with concerns on two fronts. One has been the Susan G. Komen Foundation, about whom we have raised the alarm for years concerning their donations to Planned Parenthood. When they recently announced their decision not to donate to Planned Parenthood, that abortion monster of a law-breaking corrupt organization turned on them with meanness and intensity. What hypocrites the organizers of Planned Parenthood are. They will take money from anyone, but as soon as someone expresses concern because they are under investigation (through every fault of their own), they turn on them, bully them, criticize them, and threaten them. I just have one thing to say to Planned Parenthood at this point in time: go away, so we can have a better world.
The other matter, of course, has been the current Presidential Administration’s callous disregard for the rights of conscience, through its HHS ruling about requiring religious institutions to cover the cost of abortion-inducing “contraceptives.” Wow. It used to be the other side that held up freedom of conscience. How things have changed, and the Church and her leaders are rising to the occasion.
Here my thought is this: why wait until the toothpaste is all over the room before we decide it’s better kept in the tube? So many who would not lift a finger to help us in the recent Presidential elections are now trying to work wonders to undo one of the consequences of the election — consequences that could have been avoided had more Churches spoken up, registered voters, and not chased out of the parking lot those who were distributing information about the harmful positions of the candidates. Maybe we will learn this time. There’s another election in November, after all!
One more item: you may have heard recently of the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former Archbishop of Philadelphia. He was a delightful man, and gave much encouragement to Priests for Life over the years. He led the bishops’ pro-life committee for some years, and had a deep love for the unborn. May the children give him a warm welcome in God’s Kingdom!
Blessings to you today, and thank you all for your good wishes on this, my Birthday! — Fr. Frank