STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Rev. Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director of the New Dorp-based Priests for Life, was among six people arrested yesterday during a peaceful protest outside the White House.
Father Wilde was representing Priests for Life at an organized protest of the Health and Human Services contraception mandate. Priests for Life on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration that seeks to permanently block the implementation of the mandate because they deem it imposes clear violations of conscience upon any American citizens who morally object to abortion and contraception.
Father Wilde and the other protesters, including the Rev. Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, were cited for "Failure to obey a lawful order" as they knelt in prayer in front of the White House. Each paid a $100 fine and was released from custody, according to the Christian Newswire.
"Occupy Wall Street protesters have been occupying federal property for months, but when we kneel in prayer, the police are called in and we are arrested," Father Wilde said. "We knew that was the risk when we gathered today, and we will do it again regardless of the risk. What people of faith -- of every faith -- need to do now is stand with us."
The Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said the New Dorp-based organization remains committed to battling the HHS mandate because it forces Americans to become morally entangled in practices they find objectionable, according to the Christian Newswire.