UNBORN WORD of the day

Two heroic African-American clergymen defending unborn babies
June 11, 2009, 12:17 am
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders


The Rev. Walter Hoye, who was convicted of violating Oakland’s ‘bubble law’ and served 18 days in prison, is particularly concerned about the high number of abortions among African American women.

Today we would like to feature two outstanding African-American clergymen who are courageously standing up for the rights of unborn children in America. We encourage visitors to our blog to take a few minutes to read the links we are providing on these two great inspirational men.

Reverend Walter Hoye, a Baptist minister, was recently imprisoned for peacefully praying and protesting in front of an abortion facility in Oakland California. His comments about the current situation in America are very insightful. Read these comments and others about his amazing 18 days in prison and his prison visit by the new Catholic Bishop of Oakland, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Anti-abortion minister urges action by African Americans By Gerald Korson

frraphaelFather John Raphael, SSJ speaking at ND Response Rally

Father John Raphael, SSJ (a graduate of Notre Dame University, who is still active with the ND community) gave a powerful pro-life speech at the ND Response rally on May 17th, 2009, at Notre Dame University. This Josephite priest, is a great pro-life leader. He is the principal of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. This high school was recently described by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as “a seedbed of black leadership in New Orleans”. We are big fans of the Josephite Order of priests who organize a large enthusiastic contingent for the January 22 March for Life in Washington every year. See below for links relating to Father John, the Josephite Order and St. Augustine H.S.  :

ND Response Rally Speech University of Notre Dame May 17, 2009  given by Rev. John Raphael, SSJ (ND ’89)

Obama’s honor from Notre Dame upsets N.O. priest by Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune Friday May 15, 2009

Fr. John Raphael to Speak at NRLC Convention By Dave Andrusko

The Josephite Order (webpage)

The Josephite Fathers and Brothers have declared ourselves as  “Pro-Life, Pro-Chastity, Pro-Family.”

St. Augustine School Pro-life club

Teens participate in annual Pro-Life conference held at St. Augustine High School

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St. Augustine student describes his experience at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Mary Ann Glendon and Notre Dame
May 4, 2009, 11:54 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Here is a great cartoon courtesy of Jack Higgins and the Chicago Sun-Times

Mary Ann Glendon was to have received the Laetare Award at Notre Dame. Last week, she declined the award because of the controversy surrounding the University’s  decision to invite pro-abortion  President Barak Obama to give the commencement address. Her daughter Elizabeth Lev has written a wonderful piece which explains her mother’s decision. Click here to read the entire article.

Here is Elizabeth Lev’s answer to the  claim that Mary Ann Glendon’s speech would have brought balance to the event and help facilitate an engagement with the President on the issue of life.

Your notion that her “training in diplomacy” might somehow ease this situation does not take into account that she has a five-minute acceptance speech and he will have a lengthy commencement speech. There is no “engaging” here. Diplomacy generally teaches that if you have a rapier and your opponent has a missile launcher, try not to engage.

That Professor Glendon “did not like that Notre Dame was claiming her speech would serve to balance the event” is again facile and simplistic. What is there to like in being the deflector screen for inviting a profoundly divisive figure to give the commencement speech? What is likeable about a Catholic University named for the most important woman in Christianity exploiting a woman who has already dedicated her life to protecting the Church’s teaching by turning her into a warm-up act for a grotesque twist on a reality show?

Thanks to Genevieve Kineke at Feminine Genius for bringing this to our attention.

Post election: Encouraging words and signs
November 17, 2008, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life


  • “If God seems at times to be slow in responding, it is because he is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. We well know that the long awaited gift is all the more precious for the delay in its being granted….Ask, seek, insist. Through the asking and seeking you will be better prepared to receive God’s gift when it comes. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for his greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.” St. Augustine on prayer from Sermon 61: 6-7.

  • A recent Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus again showed that — when presented with clear choices in a polling question — only 8% of Americans favor abortion on demand throughout pregnancy. The poll also found that 60% of Americans favor banning all abortions, or limiting them to the rare cases of danger to the mother’s life, rape or incest. Click here for poll results.

  • The Catholic Bishops pledged (at their recent November meeting) the resources of the Church to mobilize the Catholic community to oppose FOCA and all other attempts to eliminate existing pro-life laws and policies. This will include a massive education and postcard campaign beginning in January, urging members of Congress to reject the abortion extremism of FOCA.

Here are some encouraging quotes from individual Bishops attending the recent Bishop’s meeting:

  • “We have lost 50 times as many children in the last 35 years as we have lost soldiers in all the wars since the Revolution. Any bishop here would be willing, would consider it a privilege, to die tomorrow if it meant ending abortion,” he said. “We should dedicate the rest of our lives to taking any kind of criticism, whatever it is, to stop this horrible genocide.”  Auxiliary Bishop Robert Hermann

  • Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki said FOCA would have a “significant and adverse effect” and that bishops “need to be prepared in the face of increasingly militant threats to unborn life.  The next step would be for federal law to require abortions by all hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, which we cannot do,” he said. “We’d need to consider taking the drastic step of closing our Catholic hospitals completely.”

  • “One cannot compromise between the fire and the fire department, the fly and the fly swatter. There are things that don’t admit of compromise – and vile … intrinsic evil such as abortion do not admit us any such compromise.” Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Bishop Joseph F. Martino said the bishops must concentrate on reaching out to Catholic politicians who disagree with them, even if they have to threaten excommunication in the same way that bishops in St. Louis and New Orleans threatened segregationist Catholic officials in 1947 and 1962.

Bishops warn Obama about abortion issue Will resist ‘culture of coercion’

Bishop Martino leads a new Battlecry for the Unborn: “This is madness people.”
October 23, 2008, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

El Greco Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. The episode is described in all four Gospels: St. Matthew (21:12-13), St. Mark (11:15-18), St. Luke (19:45-46), St. John (2:14-17).

There is a scene in the Gospel, one of the most vivid scenes, one that probably scandalized many of the religious and secular leaders but was secretly loved by all of the little ones of the flock. I’m speaking about when Christ went into the Temple and overturned the money changers driving them from the Temple.

Bishop Martino of Scranton did just that last Sunday. He went into one of those Church forums that many of us detest so much where questions of faith and morals are debated. Often at parish events like this Catholics leave not altogether sure what the Church is teaching. At this particular forum some panel members were trying to make the case for it being OK as a Catholic to vote for the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in the history of our country.

And then Bishop Martino overturned their applecart.

“No social issue has caused the death of 50 million people,” he said, noting that he no longer supports the Democratic Party.* “This is madness people.” Bishop Martino also said that he had wanted to persuade Father Martin Boylan, of St. John’s, to cancel the forum.

After his comments, most of the audience stood and clapped loudly.

The forum had handed out literature from the USCCB that was ambiguous.

Here is what Bishop Martino had to say about that:

“No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese,” said Bishop Martino.  “The USCCB doesn’t speak for me.”  “The only relevant document … is my letter,” he said.  “There is one teacher in this diocese, and these points are not debatable.” Click here to read his letter.

Some people might take issue with that statement but he is  correct. In 1998 Pope John Paul II issued an : APOSTOLIC LETTER “MOTU PROPRIO” APOSTOLOS SUOS, ON THE THEOLOGICAL AND JURIDICAL NATURE OF EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES (1) 21 May, 1998 Here follows an excerpt:

20. In the Episcopal Conference the Bishops jointly exercise the episcopal ministry for the good of the faithful of the territory of the Conference; but, for that exercise to be legitimate and binding on the individual Bishops, there is needed the intervention of the supreme authority of the Church which, through universal law or particular mandates, entrusts determined questions to the deliberation of the Episcopal Conference. Bishops, whether individually or united in Conference, cannot autonomously limit their own sacred power in favour of the Episcopal Conference, and even less can they do so in favour of one of its parts, whether the permanent council or a commission or the president. This logic is quite explicit in the canonical norm concerning the exercise of the legislative power of the Bishops assembled in the Episcopal Conference: “The Conference of Bishops can issue general decrees only in those cases in which the common law prescribes it, or a special mandate of the Apostolic See, given either motu proprio or at the request of the Conference, determines it”. (77) In other cases “the competence of individual diocesan Bishops remains intact; and neither the Conference nor its president may act in the name of all the Bishops unless each and every Bishop has given his consent”. (78)

See also Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 27 and The Code of Canon Law, canon 381.

*I imagine this is the reason that Bishop Martino no longer supports the Democratic Party. From the 2008 Democratic Party Platform: “The Democratic Party stronly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”

Election 2008: Catholic Bishops come out fighting
October 20, 2008, 10:52 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

This year the Catholic Bishops have really stepped up to the plate.  First, around 50 Bishops across the U.S. came out and soundly corrected Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden when these two ‘Catholic’ politicians deliberately distorted the Catholic position on abortion earlier this year.

During Respect LIfe month this year many Bishops around the country are clearly speaking to Catholics about their voting choices this November.  What they are pointing out is that abortion should be the most important issue as Catholics step into the voting booth.

Here are quotes from some of these Bishops – If you click on the Bishop’s name it will bring you to the entire statement.

From: Little Murders by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, October 18, 2008.

“I believe that Senator Obama, whatever his other talents, is the most committed ”abortion-rights” presidential candidate of either major party since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973. Despite what Prof. Kmiec suggests, the party platform Senator Obama runs on this year is not only aggressively ”pro-choice;” it has also removed any suggestion that killing an unborn child might be a regrettable thing. On the question of homicide against the unborn child – and let’s remember that the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer explicitly called abortion ”murder” – the Democratic platform that emerged from Denver in August 2008 is clearly anti-life.”

“I Thought You Should Know” By Bishop Robert J. Hermann Archdiocesan Administrator St. Louis Diocese (he took over for Archbishop Burke who was given an appointment in Rome this year.)

“The decision I make in the voting booth will reflect my value system. If I value the good of the economy and my current lifestyle more than I do the right to life itself, then I am in trouble. Pope John Paul II, in his Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici tells us: ‘Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights – for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture – is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination….’ ”

Joint Statement from Bishop Kevin Farrell and Bishop Kevin Vann to the Faithful of the Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth

“Therefore, we cannot make more clear the seriousness of the overriding issue of abortion – while not the “only issue” – it is the defining moral issue, not only today, but of the last 35 years. Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, more than 48 million innocent lives have been lost. Each year in our nation more than one million lives are lost through legalized abortion. Countless other lives are also lost through embryonic stem cell research. In the coming months our nation will once again elect our political leaders. This electoral cycle affords us an opportunity to promote the culture of life in our nation. As Catholics we are morally obligated to pray, to act, and to vote to abolish the evil of abortion in America, limiting it as much as we can until it is finally abolished.”

Bishop Holley Calls on Black Community to Overcome Abortion

“As an African American, I am saddened by evidence that Black women continue to be targeted by the abortion industry. The loss of any child from abortion is a tragedy, but we must ask: Why are minority children being aborted at such disproportionate rates?

Many African Americans are not aware that since the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion throughout all 9 months of pregnancy, the number one cause of death in the African American community has been abortion. We have lost over 13 million lives. To put that in perspective, it is one third of our present Black population. Since 1973, twice as many Black Americans have died from abortion than from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.

As I noted in my recent Respect Life Program article, ‘A Reflection on the African American Family and the Culture of Life‘ (www.usccb.org/prolife/programs/rlp/holley.pdf), our legitimate commitment to other social concerns must not push the primary moral issue of abortion onto the back burner. It clearly must be at the heart and center of our discussion of the survival of African American people.”

A PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP MARTINO, Diocese of Scranton, Respect Life Sunday

“Abortion is the issue this year and every year in every campaign. Catholics may not turn away from the moral challenge that abortion poses for those who seek to obey God’s commands. They are wrong when they assert that abortion does not concern them, or that it is only one of a multitude of issues of equal importance. No, the taking of innocent human life is so heinous, so horribly evil, and so absolutely opposite to the law of Almighty God that abortion must take precedence over every other issue. I repeat. It is the single most important issue confronting not only Catholics, but the entire electorate.”

From: Bishop Robert W. Finn, Diocese of Kansas City, St. Joseph Can a Catholic Vote in Support of Abortion? Oct. 17, 2008.

“When a candidate regards the unborn child as unworthy of the defense of law, then he or she asks us to join them in ignoring the lessons of history by which African Americans in this country were once regarded as non-persons; or the Jews of Europe were once marked for genocide or racial purification. Had we known, would we have supported the “choice” to enslave or destroy these brothers and sisters of ours? Can a candidate expect us as Catholics to ignore the classification of the unborn as non-persons? Will he or she expect us to look aside while these babies are quietly exterminated at a rate of 4000 per day? This is precisely what they are asking us to do.

Sarah Palin: Her three secret weapons
October 6, 2008, 12:09 am
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

PRAYER: Here is Sarah Palin’s final preparation right before going out to  debate Senator Joe Biden.

LOVE FOR CHILDREN: On the way to the debate – what a beautiful picture of  Sarah with Trig.

WOMEN: Yesterday at a rally in Carson California Sarah Palin was endorsed by Shelley Mandel who is the President of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW. Shelley Mandel did not speak on behalf of NOW but spoke for herself. Click here to see the endorsement in which Ms. Mandel said:

“America This is What a Feminist Looks Like”

In mid September Lynn Forester De Rothschild, former Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser, who was also on the Democratic Platform committee, endorsed John McCain and Sarah Palin. Click here to see her interviewed by Wolf Blitzer.

This is what it is all about
September 17, 2008, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

We get a quarterly newsletter from Shield of Roses, Our Lady of Refuge Chapter. Geri Urrutia, someone we have known a long time, along with all of the other members of this chapter of Shield of Roses, has been working for over 20 years on the front lines defending the unborn and helping moms.

They do very effective sidewalk counseling in Glendale, (California) and save many babies and help their families. Their quarterly newsletter is filled with photos of the beautiful babies they have saved, and with moving stories of these babies’ moms and dads. These parents are truly grateful for the help that Shield of Roses has given them.

We found one of the recent stories especially moving because it shows vividly how not just the babies lives are saved but that the lives of the families are also saved by this decision not to kill their baby. I think this story illustrates the wonderful work that all sidewalk counselors and pregnancy crisis centers do around this country. Here it is as taken from their Spring, 2008 newsletter.


“Geri, you saved four people the day you spoke to me about my baby”

Mom called me because her baby was now eight and had just received her first Holy Communion. Mom related to me that if she had had the abortion, she would have had to divorce her husband because he was pressuring her to abort this child who was pronounced to have severe handicaps. It wasn’t fair, he said, to bring a handicapped baby into the world when they already had a small child for whom to care. She would forever look at her husband in the future and know he was the cause of her abortion, and she would always feel grief for her lost child.

We saved her born child because we saved that child from being shuttled between two divorced parents. We saved Mom because she said she would have never been able to stand the pain of aborting her child, and of course we saved her baby. The baby was born without any fetal abnormalities that the doctors proclaimed.

Mom’s extended family also encouraged aborting the little girl, and now they are so very happy that Mom stood her ground, fought for her child, and carried her baby to term.

Here is a link to another mom who credits Shield of Roses in Glendale for saving her baby. A MOTHER’S CHOICE (1988) by Michele Henderson

To get involved with this group or to make a tax-deductible donation:

Shield of Roses
Our Lady of Refuge Chapter
P.O. Box 9053
Glendale CA 91226
phone: 818-242-3912